Veterinary medical acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles at specific points in the body to create a physiological response. For the majority of animals, acupuncture is virtually pain-free. By activating the central nervous system, acupuncture releases the body's natural painkillers (such as endorphins), hormones (such as cortisol) and neurotransmitters (such as serotonin), thereby affecting all systems of the body.
The Chinese refer to this as restoring the balance of the vital energy, or Chi. Numerous scientific papers have verified that acupuncture not only relieves pain, but stimulates circulation and the immune system, decreases inflammation, relieves muscle spasms, and induces a feeling of well-being, all with minimal side effects.