Acupuncture treatment should always follow an accurate diagnosis of the problem and a full appraisal of all of the treatment options. In many cases acupuncture is best used in conjunction with conventional medicine, but in some situations it can be appropriate as a sole treatment. This can be especially beneficial if the side effects of traditional medicines are not well tolerated in a patient, as treatment can reduce the patient’s requirements for medications.
Pain is the most common indication for acupuncture, particularly chronic pain such as arthritis, but it can be very useful for muscular strains and spinal problems too. Acupuncture can also be of great benefit to medical conditions such as gastrointestinal diseases, urinary disorders, epilepsy and much more. As with any treatment there are a small percentage of animals that do not respond.
Many insurance companies now recognise acupuncture as a successful treatment for many conditions and the majority of insurance companies will cover the costs involved. If you are in any doubt check your policy or contact your individual company for more information.