Before & After Treatment
To enhance the benefit of therapy, the following are important:
1. Avoid feeding, unusual exertion, heavy exercise, or bathing immediately before and after your animal's treatment.
2. Plan your schedule so your animal can get some rest following a treatment so that hisiher body can obtain the maximum benefit of treatment.
3. Continue taking any prescription medicines exactly as directed by your veterinarian.
4. Carefully observe your animal after each treatment. It is possible for a wide variety of changes to occur. Some may be
transient and others sustained - some rather subtle and others quite obvious. For example, there may be a period of change in alertness or emotions - changes such as tranquility, relaxation, modified sleep patterns, increased sociability, eagerness or simply "feeling more like his/her usual self". Other change may include differences in activity, appearance, appetite, as well as bowel and urinary habits.
Do not be concerned if you recognize such events. They are important in the healing process and you should allow time for them to run their course. If you feel there is deterioration in your animal's condition, or if you have a question, you should contact the veterinarian who is managing your animal's acupuncture care. Such details are valuable in evaluation and planning the course of treatment.
5. The principles underlying veterinary acupuncture ultimately
rely upon the patient's own energies. Nothing can replace
appropriate nutrition, regular and prudent exercise (except
when contradicted), and adequate rest. in addition, the owners
own positive attitude toward wellness is very important in
supporting the healing process.
Possible Side Effects & Complications
Acupuncture is one of the safest veterinary therapies when practiced by a competent acupuncturist. Compared to most other modalities, adverse effects are rare. The following side effects, however, could occur:
I. Rebound Effect: This is the worsening of symptoms for up to 72 hours following a treatment, followed by improvement. This is unusual and probably occurs in less than 5% of all patients. This usually is taken to be a good sign, however, because these individuals often do very well following the rebound.
2. Depending upon the treatment, an animal can experience either excess energy or fatigue for up to 48 hours.
3. Rarely, a needle can break while in the skin and subcutaneous tissue. This could require minor surgery to remove it if other methods fail.
4. Needle injuries to underlying organs can occur, but these are rare. Sometimes a hematoma can occur if a blood vessel is
punctured. It is always conceivable that a nerve could be inadvertently struck by a needle.
Acupuncture is a welcome addition - or more accurately, a restoration - to modern veterinary medicine. Veterinary acupuncturists are often reminded that they are wording with the profound. Animals get well because acupuncture, when properly applied, works in harmony wiLh the laws of nature. The future study of acupuncture promises to lead to considerable enlightenment about the fundamental processes of biology and life itself. In the meantime, it is a valuable heritage that deserves to be prudently used to benefit and bless the lives of animals and their owners.