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Acupuncture

Lancaster Veterinary Specialties provides acupuncture service for dogs and cats. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese procedure used to treat a variety of conditions. Energy flow within the body can be maintained or redirected by using fine needles to stimulate specific points on the skin. Acupuncture can also be combined with herbal medications to balance the patient globally. With Dr. Binstock’s expert guidance, Eastern and Western medicine can now be used together in an integrative fashion to support our patients.

Dr. Binstock developed an interest in acupuncture after one of her canine patients had to be hospitalized due to severe pain from arthritis. He was unable to walk even with aggressive pain management. However, he was able to rise and walk after receiving acupuncture treatment.

She finds acupuncture to be an excellent adjuvant to traditional therapies and respects the long history supporting its benefits. Acupuncture can help to bring balance to a patient and allows for additional avenues of support. Unlike other therapies, acupuncture also has no side effects.

Conditions commonly managed and treated with Acupuncture:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neck/back pain
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Reproductive regulation
  • Nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea
  • Kidney/liver/pulmonary diseases
  • Cancer support
  • Disease prevention
  • Fever

Also may involve:

  • Moxibustion
  • Chinese herbal medications
  • Massage
  • Aquapuncture
  • Hemoacupuncture
  • Diet changes

Acupuncture effects:

  • Release of β – endorphins
  • Stimulates nerves endings
  • Increases blood flow
  • Alters electrical conduction and energy flow(Qi)
  • Focal inflammation

Basic Principles of Acupuncture:

  • 6-30 needles
  • Very small, sterile needles
  • Non-painful
  • Treatment takes 10-30 minutes
  • Weekly treatments initially
  • Immediate or delayed response