Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Acupuncture Definition

Acupuncture: The use of needles to stimulate certain points on the body. The model used in this system involves regulating the energy flow (“chi” or “ki”) in sites or pathways in the body (“meridians”). Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a complex medical system with thousands of years of history. Some conventional and many alternative veterinarians use acupuncture for cancer treatments, pain relief, reducing nausea, and its many other benefits. TCM is very different from western medicine, so Dr. Dressler recommends finding a veterinarian who has been licensed to perform acupuncture if you want to explore this system’s benefits.

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