Acupuncture is based on concepts from traditional Asian medicine. Specifically, that the body has a vital energy, called chi (qi), which flows through channels called meridians. Practitioners claim that creating a harmonious flow in the body’s chi by unblocking disruptions leads to improved relaxation and functioning.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into body tissue at points along the body’s meridians. Holistic veterinarians and other practitioners can use acupuncture as part of rehabilitation after illness, injury, or surgery, or with the aim of reducing pain from an ongoing condition, among other things.
Practitioners can be certified through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.