ISSN 2398-2950      

Acupuncture: overview

ffelis
Contributor(s):

Tim Couzens


History

  • Believed to have originated in Tibet or India and considered to be one of the oldest therapies in the world - practiced from as far back as 2000-3000 BC.
  • One of the main aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
  • Useful to consider acupuncture (as with other aspects of TCM), within a holistic framework (in terms of its action and properties), as opposed to western medicine that tends to consider the body (and thus health and illness), as distinct individual components.
  • Use has been mainly confined to China. However, in recent years (since 1920), its use has gained in popularity in the west as a viable method of healing.
  • Its use within a veterinary context has grown rapidly since the 1950s and is now widely accepted as a form of treatment and therapy.

Concepts underlying acupuncture

This article is available in full to registered subscribers

Sign up now to obtain ten tokens to view any ten Vetlexicon articles, images, sounds or videos, or Login

Scientific explanations of acupuncture

This article is available in full to registered subscribers

Sign up now to obtain ten tokens to view any ten Vetlexicon articles, images, sounds or videos, or Login

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Bossut D F (1996) Veterinary clinical applications of acupuncture. J Altern Complement Med (1), 65-9 PubMed.
  • Panzer R B & Chrisman C L (1994) An auricular acupuncture treatment for idiopathic canine epilepsy - a preliminary report. Am J Chin Med 22 (1), 11-7 PubMed.
  • Yu C, Zhang K, Lu G et al (1994) Characteristics of acupuncture meridians and acupoints in animals. Rev Sci Tech 13 (3), 927-33 PubMed.
  • Janssens L A (1993) The role of acupuncture in analgesia. Tijdschr Diergeneeskd 118 (Suppl 1), 11S-12S PubMed.
  • Altman S (1992) Techniques and instrumentation. Probl Vet Med (1), 66-87 VetMedResource.
  • Altman S (1992) The incorporation of acupuncture into a small animal practice. Probl Vet Med (1), 223-33 PubMed.
  • Dill S G (1992) Acupuncture for gastrointestinal disorders. Probl Vet Med (1), 144-54 PubMed.
  • Durkes T E (1992) Gold bead implants. Probl Vet Med (1), 207-11 PubMed.
  • Hwang Y C (1992) Acupuncture atlas. Probl Vet Med (1), 16-33 PubMed.
  • Hwang Y C (1992) Anatomy and classification of acupoints. Probl Vet Med (1), 12-5 PubMed.
  • Janssens L A (1992) Trigger point therapy. Probl Vet Med (1), 117-24 PubMed.
  • Janssens L A (1992) Acupuncture for the treatment of thoracolumbar and cervical disc disease in the dog. Probl Vet Med (1), 107-16 PubMed.
  • Jaggar D (1992) History and basic introduction to veterinary acupuncture. Probl Vet Med (1), 1-11 PubMed.
  • Klide A M (1992) Acupuncture Analgesia. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 22 (2), 374-9 PubMed.
  • Limehouse J B (1992) Oriental concepts of acupuncture. Probl Vet Med (1), 53-65 PubMed.
  • Lin J H & Panzer R (1992) Acupuncture for reproductive disorders. Probl Vet Med (1), 155-61 PubMed.
  • Rogers P A, Schoen A M & Limehouse J (1992) Acupuncture for immune-mediated disorders. Literature review and clinical applications. Probl Vet Med (1), 162-93 PubMed.
  • Schoen A M (1992) Acupuncture for musculoskeletal disorders. Probl Vet Med (1), 88-97 PubMed.
  • Schwartz C (1992) Chronic respiratory conditions and acupuncture therapy. Probl Vet Med (1), 136-43 PubMed.
  • Smith F W Jr. (1992) Acupuncture for cardiovascular disorders. Probl Vet Med (1), 125-31 PubMed.
  • Smith F W Jr. (1992) Neurophysiologic basis of acupuncture. Probl Vet Med (1), 34-52 PubMed.
  • Janssens L A (1991) Acupuncture in thoracolumbar disc disease. J S Afr Vet Assoc 62 (1), 2 PubMed.
  • Robinson C (1990) Getting started in acupuncture. Aust Vet J 67 (10), N423 PubMed.
  • Janssens L A & Rogers P A (1989) Acupuncture versus surgery in canine thoracolumbar disc disease. Vet Rec 124 (11), 283 PubMed.
  • van Niekerk J & Eckersley N (1988) The use of acupuncture in canine epilepsy. J S Afr Vet Assoc 59 (1), 5 PubMed.
  • Klide A M, Farnbach G C & Gallagher S M (1987) Acupuncture therapy for the treatment of intractable, idiopathic epilepsy in dogs. Acupunct Electrother Res 12 (1), 71-74 PubMed.
  • Schoen A M, Janssens L & Rogers P A (1986) Veterinary acupuncture. Semin Vet Med Surg (Small Anim) (3), 224-9 PubMed.
  • Williams B M (1986) Acupuncture treatment of paralysis. Vet Rec 119 (13), 340 PubMed.
  • Craige J E (1985) Acupuncture for fleabite allergic dermatitis. J Am Vet Med Assoc 187 (2), 127 PubMed.
  • Altman S (1981) Clinical use of veterinary acupuncture. Vet Med Small Anim Clin 76 (9), 1307-12 PubMed.
  • Wright M & McGrath C J (1981) Physiologic and analgesic effects of acupuncture in the dog. J Am Vet Med Assoc 178 (5), 502-7 PubMed.
  • Janssens L, Altman S & Rogers P A (1979) Respiratory and cardiac arrest under general anaesthesia - treatment by acupuncture of the nasal philtrum. Vet Rec 105 (12), 273-6 PubMed.
  • Rogers P A (1978) Veterinary acupuncture. Vet Rec 102 (17), 387 PubMed.
  • Altman S (1977) Acupuncture: taking a closer look. Mod Vet Pract 58 (12), 1003-6 PubMed.
  • Freeman A (1974) Veterinary acupuncture. J Am Vet Med Assoc 164 (5), 446-8 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Schoen & Wynn (1997) Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine. Mosby.
  • Schoen A (1994) Veterinary Acupuncture. Ancient Art to Modern Medicine. Mosby.
  • Maciocia G (1989) The Foundations of Chinese Medicine. Churchill Livingstone.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We have an ever growing content library on Vetlexicon so if you ever find we haven't covered something that you need please fill in the form below and let us know!

 
 
 
 

To show you are not a Bot please can you enter the number showing adjacent to this field

 Security code