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05/16/2011 11:10:52 AM by KapitN   Send Message to KapitN  5622  views, category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips view all blogs


Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that involves inserting needles into diseased or injured points of the body. The traditional theory is that illness is caused (or at least, aggravated) by obstructions to the flow of chi, the energy of life. Acupuncture needles are used to clear out the blockages in the body, allowing the body to recover. This practice has existed for thousands of years, and while it's not nearly as common in Western medicine, it still sees use in alternative treatments for humans-- and animals.

It may seem like cats would never tolerate being poked with needles, but the truth is that cats put up with acupuncture better than most humans. They do not anticipate (and thus fear) being poked, and most cats find acupuncture painless in practice. If done by an understanding and sensitive vet, acupuncture can relieve pain in the joints and skin, and even stimulate nerve and immune system health.

The benefits are contested by scientists, though thousand of years of practice indicate that acupuncture at least has an effective placebo effect.  So while acupuncture is not recommended as a substitute for conventional medicine, but for cats who are old and sick, it can relieve discomfort and increase the overall quality of their lives. The needles do not cause any injury or pain, and for cats that cannot tolerate any kind of needling, there are even alternative forms that utilize low-level lasers. 

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