Exotic Animal Acupuncture in Westchester County, NY
Acupuncture is a part of an integrative approach to human and veterinary medicine. It can be used as part of the treatment for numerous diseases in veterinary patients. The goal of adding holistic treatments to our western medicine approach here at the Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics is to establish balance within the patient. This is achieved through exotic animal acupuncture and other treatment modalities (Tui Na – medical massage), proper nutrition, exercise, herbal remedies and appropriate lifestyle.
Which Patients Benefit from Acupuncture?
Exotic animal acupuncture can be performed on any of the patients we see here at the Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics, particularly rabbits, guinea pigs and medium-sized to large parrots and reptiles.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
When performing acupuncture, very small needles are placed into specific points on the body. This produces a physiologic and energetic response along special pathways (meridians). These meridians are interconnected energetic pathways that spread Qi (vital life force or energy) to the entire body. The goal of acupuncture and needle placement is to restore normal Qi flow throughout the body.
Research on the effects of acupuncture have been documented in both humans and dogs. Acupuncture points typically occur in areas with increased nerve endings, small blood vessels and inflammatory cells. Placing needles in these acupuncture points causes the body to release natural pain relievers, stimulates circulation and decreases inflammation.