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Acupuncture has been practiced in both humans and animals for over 4,ooo years in China.  The practice involves the stimulation of a specific point located on one of 12 meridians in the body.  These meridians distribute Qi, also known as the life force or vital energy.  Disruptions in the flow of Qi cause imbalances in the body and may result in illness, pain or disease.  Acupuncture restores the flow of Qi and allows the body to heal.  Recently, research has shown acupuncture points to be located in areas of the body where there is a high density of nerve endings, blood vessels, mast cells and lymphatic vessels.  Acupuncture releases neurotransmitters, beta-endorphins and other substances that relieve pain and promote other physiologic effects in the body.  Acupuncture is indicated for musculoskeletal problems, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal illness, respiratory disease, endocrine and metabolic disorders, skin disease, behavioral problems and geriatric weakness.

An integrative medical approach combining conventional medical techniques with acupuncture and other complementary therapies provides a comprehensive approach to veterinary care that may help your pet live a longer, healthier life.

Dr. Liz Kremzier completed a comprehensive training program in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and acupuncture at the Chi Institute in June, 2014, and is pleased to offer acupuncture services at Red Hill Animal Health Center.