Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles into precise points on the body. By doing this, chemicals are released in the brain which have a wide range of influence in the body. It can treat nausea, vomiting, anorexia and other gastro intestinal problems. It can release specific endorphins, the body’s self-produced painkiller, and thus treat pain from neck, back, or other joint injuries. Other hormones can influence the function of the kidney, liver and heart and are often helpful for patients with a poor function of these organs or in the geriatric patient. Dr. Erika is a certified veterinary acupuncturist through the Chi Institute in Florida.
In some cases such as severe arthritis, hip or elbow dysplasia, or others, gold beads can be surgically implanted at acupuncture points to provide prolonged relief with minimal treatments.