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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; August 2001

Acupuncture on animals?

Question:
For this issue I picked two very common questions: "Can Acupuncture be used on animals?" and "Is Acupuncture a kind of psychological treatment, sort of a "power of suggestion in your head"?

Answer:
   Well, here is an example. I have a dog, a Dutch hound, little hotdog - a naughty, beautiful, very smart girl named Moxa. Recently she got sick. She was dragging her rear legs and crying in pain. It was heartbreaking to see her suffering. We took her to the veterinarian and he said that it was a spinal condition, quite common for dogs, and especially for Dutch hounds.
   Given my 20-years of experience with thousands of patients with spinal conditions who I've helped, I feel very confident in treating back pain. So, I tried the same approach with Moxa. I didn't know how she would react to the needles. I was very gentle and had the device for laser acupuncture ready in case she could not tolerate the needles. It was a moment of truth. To my amazement, she let me insert the needles, fell asleep, and started snoring. After 20 minutes I removed the needles and left her to rest.
   It was most rewarding to see the improvement after two sessions. She could walk up and down the stairs and her appetite improved. And now Moxa is the same vital, cheerful, loving, naughty, beautiful little girl she always was.
   Moxa's recovery was not a trick or power of suggestion. Acupuncture points are identified and mapped for dogs, cows, horses, cats, pigs, elephants, and animals of all kinds.
   The first acupuncture experiment on animals known to me was done in France in early 1960-th. Acupuncture was used on cows to increase milk production. The same basic concept has been adopted to help breastfeeding mothers with milk production deficiency.
   About the second question? I think, we gave the general answer, but there will be more about it in next month's issue.
 
 
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