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What should I expect in the first appointment?


The initial consultation involves an extensive review of your pet's past and current medical history and a review of your pet's daily routine behavior and body functions. A physical exam will be done involving both Modern Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches. Needle placement is done on the first visit. Expect the appointment to last of 1.5-2 hours.


Is it painful?


Acupuncture is performed with sterilized stainless steel/copper needles that are so thin that they are difficult to see with the naked eye. There is occasionally a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin. Once the needles are in place most animals relax. Humans tend to be more reactive with the needle placement. If you pet is overly sensitive to needles, then the lacer is used to simulate the points. It works very well for cats or patients that don’t like to sit still for very long.


How often and for how long does one treat?


The first initial consultation with physical exam will usually be an hour and a half. Subsequent treatment sessions are 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the condition being treated, the method employed and the cooperation of the pet. Once the needles are in place, they are not removed for 20 to 30 minutes. Methods of stimulating acupuncture points include the needles alone, electroacupuncture (adding electrical current to the points), aquapuncture (injecting a solution into the point), moxibustion (heating the point), as well as laser acupuncture. Patients are often treated 3 to 4 times in the first month. After improvement is noted, the duration between sessions is gradually lengthened. Maintenance treatments are determined on a patient basis, anywhere from once a month to every two to three months.


Is it safe?


Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies utilized when practiced by a trained acupuncturist. Side effects are rare, but possible.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient energy healing modality that uses Universal Life force energy to promote well-being, healing, and physical-emotional-spiritual balance.


Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk, redeveloped Reiki in the early 1900’s, although originally the healing art is much older. The word Reiki translates to “Universal Energy”. Rei means “universal”, meaning it is everywhere and in everything. Ki is life force energy; a non physical energy that animates all living beings. Ki is also the primary energy of our thoughts, emotions, and spirituality. Reiki is Source energy flowing through the practitioner and into the recipient. The recipient may be any form of life, from a human, a pet, a flower, or even a rock. Reiki’s purpose is to promote healing and balance on three levels (physical, emotional, and spiritual) by changing the vibration of stagnant areas of energy. These areas left untreated can lead to dis-ease and illness. Reiki is always directed where it’s needed most, according to the patient’s individual needs, and clears blockages and allows healing to take place. Reiki can do no harm and always flows at the highest level for the patient’s highest good.


Reiki can be summed up best by Dr. Usui himself, “Reiki is love, love is wholeness. Wholeness is balance. Balance is well-being. Well-being is freedom from disease. Remember these words, they represent what Reiki is.”

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