Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a holistic approach to health care. It is aimed at healing the cause of disease rather than the symptoms. Acupuncture can be used alone or in combination with traditional western medicine to best treat the individual patient.

Veterinary acupuncture has been used for over 3000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Very small needles are inserted into certain points in the body, stimulating the body's own healing process. The insertion of the needles is virtually painless, and the needles cause no pain once they are in. Risk to the patient is minimal, with very few side effects. All species of animals tolerate acupuncture very well.

Acupuncture can benefit most situations and can be used alone or in combination with traditional western medicine. We do encourage a complete work up of the problem so it can be treated the best way possible. Acupuncture has more success with chronic or degenerative diseases, whereas traditional western medicine is more successful in acute diseases. Acupuncture is indicated for many diseases, but the most common ones treated are:

  • Musculoskeletal problems like arthritis and vertebral disc disease
  • Respiratory problems like feline asthma
  • Gastrointestinal disease, such as irritable bowel disease
  • Immune-mediated diseases like allergies and lupus
  • Compulsive disorders such as feather picking in birds and lick granulomas in dogs
  • To improve the overall wellbeing in patients with cancer or organ failure such as renal disease

Dr. Christopher Sanders, DVM is certified by The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. He has been practicing veterinary acupuncture in the Bay Area since 1996. Acupuncture appointments are available at both the Portola Valley hospital and the San Jose hospital. For more information, please call either location.

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