When Dr. Galligan began practicing small animal veterinary medicine, traditional Western medicine was his primary line of care. In 2009, he began investigating veterinary acupuncture. Eastern medicine has been used for centuries and the positive results that it affords interested him greatly.
In 2010, Dr. Galligan attended training at the Chi Institute (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Since that time, he has made his clients aware that acupuncture could be an alternative or an additional option for their pet. Today, he is able to combine both Western medicine and Eastern medicine to enhance your pet’s quality of life.
While a cure is not generally possible, significant improvement is likely. Multiple acupuncture treatment sessions may be required before seeing concrete results.
The National Institute of Health (NIH), our highest medical body of knowledge in the United States, published the following:
"Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely practiced in the United States. While there have been many studies of its potential usefulness, many of these studies provide equivocal results because of design, sample size, and other factors. The issue is further complicated by inherent difficulties in the use of appropriate controls, such as placebos and sham acupuncture groups. However, promising results have emerged, for example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and hemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful."
Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), reports the following:
(This vet gives alternative medicine lectures to the AVMA) Dr. Patti Schaefer, owner of Canisport Veterinary Services in Washington State, will be speaking on holistic medicine in during her lecture Holistic Approach to the Canine Athlete. She uses nutrition, acupuncture, stem cell therapy, rehabilitation work, chiropractic medicine and other forms of complementary care to help bring out the best in the canine athletes she works with. "I know when I started doing acupuncture in the mid-90s there was a lot of people who didn't understand how it worked or helped, but now that we've seen successes there are a lot of veterinarians who want to learn more about it to try to help their clients," Dr. Schaefer says. "I have a lot of clients who have gone for acupuncture for themselves after they've seen how much it has helped their pets."
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