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Acupuncture is the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a specific method, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect
These specific points are called acupuncture points (acupoints) and about 173 of been discovered in animals. Acupoints are located in areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Stimulation of these points induces a release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters that lead to pain relief.
The health of the body depends on the state of Qi (pronounced chee) which is the life force or vital energy. Qi flows throughout the body 24 hours per day, maintaining a balance of the opposite forms called Yin and Yang. When the flow of Qi is interrupted by any pathological factor (such as a virus or bacteria), the balance of Yin and Yang will be lost leading to the possible occurrence of disease.
Pain is the blockage of Qi flow (or no free flow of Qi). Acupuncture stimulation resolves this blockage, freeing the flow of Qi and enabling the body to heal itself. Homeostasis is restored when Yin and Yang Qi are in balance.
Acupoints can be stimulated in a variety of ways including dry needling, electro-stimulation and aqu-acupuncture.
No matter how these techniques are employed, the goal is always to restore the flow of Qi and allow homeostasis to return.
- Pain relief
- Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
- Anti-inflammatory effect
- Hormone and reproductive regulation
- Anti-fever effect and promotion of microcirculation
Acupuncture is indicated in a variety of conditions:
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Chronic conditions such as asthma, cough, behavioral, kidney disease, and other metabolic diseases
- Performance enhancement and prevention of disease
Acupuncture is very safe when administered by a qualified practitioner. Each session lasts between 40-60 minutes and the number of treatments depends on the nature, severity and duration of diseases. On average, a series of 3 to 10 treatments can resolve many chronic problems though some may require upkeep over time.
Dr. Titcher is certified by the Chi Institute of Veterinary Chinese Medicine.