Over 5000 years old, acupuncture (from Latin “acus” (needle) and “puncture” (to pierce)) originated in China, where it was firstly used on horses, then on men and dogs. To this day, there are more than 300 points, referred to as acupoints, known on man and animal.
Acupuncture is used all over the world, both as principal form of treatment and as a complement to western medicine. Like osteopathy, it is considered a holistic medicine, which means it treats the animal as part of an ensemble, a whole, instead of treating a specific symptom.
Acupuncture adjusts and alters the body's energy flow into healthier patterns by stimulating the acupoints found along different pathways in the body, called meridians. The energy flowing through those meridians can be modified, by needling specific acupoints, to reestablish the body's original balance.
Acupuncture is used to treat many metabolic, nervous or locomotive affections. It stimulates the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic system as well as the immune system.