Acupuncture is a very powerful therapy involving the insertion of tiny needles into certain points on the body that have particular actions. These acupuncture points have been shown to have increased density of nerve bundles. When activated they are able to produce a response in the body such as the release of natural pain killers called endorphins and antidepressant chemicals like serotonin. Acupuncture also works by changing blood flow. By diverting blood away from a certain area of the body you create an anti-inflammatory state. By bringing blood to a certain area of the body you can help to nourish and bring immune cells to an area thereby helping to prevent or treat infection.
From an Eastern medicine stand point, acupuncture helps to direct the flow of Qi or Life Force. Energy in the body can be either excessive or deficient. Acupuncture helps to move the body back into balance.
Duke is an 11 year old Weimaraner who just had major thoracic surgery to remove a lung mass. Thoracic surgery is a very painful procedure in which the pain is controlled with hospitalization and heavy narcotics. Unfortunately Duke had to be sent home two hours after his surgery for panicking and biting at the cage doors. At home, he had to be wrestled for 2 straight days while he paced and whined and went through severe panic attacks. Further pain medicine was out of the questions as any sedative or narcotic given only worsened his behavior. On the 3rd day of no one getting any sleep he was brought for acupuncture. The needles were placed and the lights were dimmed. Soon he was sleeping. His treatment lasted until the clinic had to close. That night he slept better than he had since the surgery and started acting like his normal self again the next morning.
Thanks to acupuncture and the wisdom of thousands of years, Duke finally found some peace.