New York, NY – November 5th, 2019 – Holistic medicine treatments for humans are on the rise in the United States and that includes the use of acupuncture. More and more Americans are looking for approaches that treat the person as a whole, and believe it or not, pet families today are seeking this same care and integrative approach for their animal companions. Today nearly 3 million veterinary and medical practitioners, assistants, and pharmacists are trained in acupuncture. As a nationally renowned author and veterinarian certified in acupuncture, food therapy, and chiropractic care for animals, Dr. Judy Morgan is shining a spotlight on the rise of pet acupuncture and the many benefits that come along with it.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique where extremely thin needles are inserted into key points along the patient’s body. It works by stimulating points along meridians or channels to balance the flow of energy, or Qi. Modern physiologists have suggested that the clinical influence of acupuncture is transmitted primarily through stimulation of sensory nerves along the meridians that provide signals to the brain, which processes the information and then causes clinical changes associated with treatment.
Often, energy flow is blocked and there is an area of stagnation, and stagnation causes pain. Our pets suffer from pain and stagnation just as we do, however, many times they suffer silently, not letting us know they have pain until they reach a point of immobility. Not only can stagnation occur in the muscles, but it can also be an internal problem, which can really wreak havoc on their body. By placing needles in acupuncture points along the meridians associated with different organ systems, blood and Qi flow can be improved, bringing more energy where needed or draining excess where needed. When the organs are in balance, the whole body remains in balance.
“I have to admit, when I first studied acupuncture I was a bit skeptical. Seriously, how could sticking small needles into different areas of the body make such a significant difference in our pet’s overall health and wellness?” expresses Dr. Judy Morgan, “I’m happy to say, my skepticism was unwarranted. The dramatic changes I have seen in my patients over the years has made me a believer!”
The range of ailments that can be helped by acupuncture is long, but a few of the most common conditions include: musculoskeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal or skin issues. Overall, acupuncture for pets is effective at:
- Boosting immune response
- Pain relief
- Improving mobility/alleviating stiffness
- Increasing blood flow to promote healing
- Relaxation of muscle groups
Because acupuncture can stimulate healing in nearly every part of the body, it’s possible to use it for treating nearly any illness. While dogs and cats are the primary pets who receive acupuncture, many rabbits and other small animals have been helped by the practice. Larger animals like horses are also good candidates for acupuncture, but it has been shown to be effective for nearly every type of animal.
Acupuncture for pets has proven itself in multiple research studies in recent years. One of which is the Clinical Efficacy of Acupuncture on Rheumatoid Arthritis, which encompasses dozens of studies that were conducted over multiple decades.
Dr. Judy Morgan states, “In the past twenty years, I have treated arthritis, allergies, kidney disease, liver dysfunction, heart failure, pyometra, seizures, digestive disorders, and many other diseases with acupuncture. I continue to be amazed at the transformations that can occur, and I will continue to encourage both pets and people to consider acupuncture as an option if there are any chronic or acute disease patterns that need to be treated!”
About Dr. Judy Morgan:
Based in southern New Jersey, Dr. Morgan currently operates two veterinary hospitals that offer an integrative approach combining holistic medicine with traditional Western techniques. Holistic practices such as chiropractic, acupuncture, food therapy, and herbal therapy, are utilized alongside conventional medicine to provide a full range of veterinary treatment.
Outside of the office Dr. Morgan spends much of her time working with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and English Toy Spaniel rescue groups by assisting in finding, transporting, and fostering neglected animals. She is Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Monkey’s House dog hospice and senior sanctuary. She also enjoys public speaking and giving presentations at local, national and international continuing education venues.
She is a best-selling author of four books, hundreds of online and print magazine articles, hosted her own Naturally Healthy Pets radio show, been featured on Fox News, local cable TV, CNN, CBS, ABC, PBS, and as a guest on over 100 radio shows. Her goal is to change the lives of millions of pets by educating pet owners worldwide in the use of natural healing therapies, minimizing the use of chemicals, vaccinations, and poor-quality processed food.
As a sought-after speaker, Dr. Morgan shares her insight on her website with weekly blogs, podcasts, and videos! Learn more at: https://www.drjudymorgan.com/.