TCVM Acupuncture

At Quartz Mountain Animal Hospital, we strive to provide the best possible care for all life stages.  As such, we are pleased to announce that we offer acupuncture and other integrative medical services through Dr. Colleen Brown. 

Dr. Brown has been a general practice veterinarian for many years but her interest in nontraditional medicine led her to the Chi Institute in Florida, through which she is certified in veterinary acupuncture.  Her passion didn’t end there, and she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary medicine, which will give her a further background in acupuncture as well as other modalities such as herbalism, Tui Na, and food therapy.

Acupuncture has been used as medicine for thousands of years and has substantial literature to support its efficacy.  Acupuncture points are areas within the body a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatic vessels and small arterioles.  Stimulation of these points releases neurotransmitters, including serotonin and beta-endorphins.

Acupuncture is a highly affective adjunct treatment for most common illnesses and especially pain.  Some common examples are: arthritis, gastrointestinal upset, cancer, allergies, and other chronic conditions.

Acupuncture has few side-effects, uses very thin, sterile, steel needles in precise placement and is generally very well tolerated by both cats and dogs!

For thousands of years in China, acupuncture has been performed on animals and humans. According to modern research, acupoints are located in areas of the body with a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatic vessels and small arterioles. Studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters.

Pain relief, promotion of tissue healing, immuno-regulation, anti-inflammatory effects, GI motility, and antifebrile effects are a few of the positive physiological effects studies show to be induced by acupuncture.

Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture therapy can be effective in conditions such as musculoskeletal problems, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, quality of life, cancer and hospice care, along with several other chronic conditions.

Dr. Brown has a special interest in Integrative Veterinary Medicine, specifically Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). She graduated from the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Mixed Animal Acupuncture program via The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree and TCVM practitioner status which includes the four disciplines of TCVM (acupuncture, herbal, food therapy and Tiu Na). Contact us today!

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