Eastern Medicine Practices – Acupuncture

Getting a better understanding of the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine practiced by Dr. Ellens.

We feel fortunate to have Dr. Ellens as a member of our staff at The Country Cat Clinic because it gives us the ability to offer you integrative veterinary care for your cat. Integrative medicine means that we can treat your cat with both Eastern Medicine methods and the Traditional Western Medicine methods. If you have had the rewarding opportunity to work with Dr. Ellens you will notice that she not only reaches for the same tools and medicines your use to seeing the other doctors in the practice reach for, she will also use tine little acupuncture needles, herbal medications, Chinese message (Tui-na), and Matrix energetics.

Acupuncture maybe defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a specific method resulting in therapeutic effects. Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in china on both humans and animals. The ancient Chinese people identified 173 acupuncture points in animals and 361 in humans. Acupoints are located in the area where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small blood and lymphatics vessels. Stimulation of these acupoints induces release of beta-endorphin, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Therefore acupuncture for pain relief is well supported by scientific studies.

The ancient Chinese discover that the health of the body is dependent on the state of the Qi (pronounced chee). Qi is the life force or vital energy. There are two opposites forms of QI: Yin and Yang. Qi flows physiologically thorough the body 24 hours a day maintaining a balance of Yin and Yang. When the flow of Qi is interrupted by any form of pathogen (virus, bacteria, trauma or other), the balance of Yin and Yang will be lost and consequently a disease may develop.

You may see Dr. Ellens stimulate acupoints in different ways. The more common techniques are dry needle, aqu-acupuncture, moxibustion and electro-acupuncture. Whatever tool she selects she is always working toward the same goal of restoring a flow and balance of Qi allowing health to return to your pets body.

Acupuncture is a very safe medical practice when preformed by a certified and licensed veterinarian. Each session takes approximately 20-60 minutes. Depending on the severity and duration of the disease the number of treatments may vary. A single treatment may be all that is necessary for a condition that has newly developed. A series of three to ten treatments may be necessary for a more complex chronic problem. Some degenerative conditions may require once a month maintenance sessions.Over 95% of our patients are comfortable with their acupuncture treatment. Some will even fall asleep during the treatment or when they arrive home.

There have been numerous studies showing that acupuncture stimulation induces the following results: pain relief, regulation of gastrointestinal motility, anti-inflammatory effects, immune regulation, hormone and reproductive regulation, anti-fever effects and increased circulation of blood. We therefore have found that a few of the effective uses of acupuncture are as follows: Musculoskeletal problems: weakness, muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint pain; Neurological disorders: seizures, facial and radial nerve paralysis, spinal cord injuries; Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, impaction, gastric ulcers; Other chronic conditions: asthma, cough, uveitis, behavior problem, skin problems, dribbling urine, geriatric weakness; Performance enhancement and prevention of disease.

Sometimes you will find that Dr. Ellens recommends the use of Chines herbals medications as a support for or instead of acupuncture. Herbs are often used in situations where Western medication and treatment have not been successful or a client is resistant to use of Western medications.

Tui-na is a form of Chinese message and chiropractic therapy that Dr. Ellens will sometimes teach you as the client to do at home as a form of support for the acupuncture or herbal therapy preformed or prescribed. Tui- na Helps move energy, Qi, past the blocked points, and eases muscle tension, thereby offering comfort and an energy of life to your pet.

Sometimes Dr. Ellens may recommend certain foods to use or eliminate from your cats diet based on the Tradition Chinese Food energetics and the effects of that particular foods on your cats Qi.