Allen Heights Veterinary Hospital

289 Dalton Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201



Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing.  It's origins are said to extend about 2500-5000 years into the past.  It became known and codified however just in the last century.  Acupuncture was traditionally taught under the Traditional Chinese Medicine paradigm.  We are all familiar the the Tai Ji symbol that represents and yin and yang and the concept of Chi.  This is what most of us associate acupuncture with.  The acu-points (places we insert the needles) have been known about and used for millennia to improve health and combat disease.  They are used in acupressure, massage, and reflexology.  Acupuncture is the insertion of fine gauge sterile needles into specific points in the body.  Research is providing clues as to how these potent points actually work to bring about pain relief, healing and balance (homeostasis).  When inserted the needles cause local and distant reaction via the nervous system, the facsial tissue network, hormonal systems, pain and inflammatory pathways.  Acupuncture induces the bodies' complex and interwoven homeostatic and pain management mechanisms.  When stimulated the body can increase its healing potential and decrease pain.  Acupuncture is used to treat almost all conditions: 
  • surgical and dental pain & inflammation
  • pain related to osteo-arthritic changes, intervertebral disk disease, tendon or ligament injuries, sacroiliac and lumbo-sacral disease
  • nerve damage
  • skin problems such as lick granulomas, wounds, hot spots, anal gland inflammation and ear inflammation (otitis)
  • urinary inflammation (cats with cystitis)
  • fecal and urinary incontinence
  • gastrointestinal problems: constipation, inflammatory bowel disease
  • it can relieve symptoms related to allergic asthma and allergic skin disease
  • it can alleviate symptoms related to Cushings disease and diabetes. 
Dr. Tullett completed the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarian course in 2011.  This course is founded in the scientific evidence based understanding of acupuncture.  I've included this link for you to check it out.  Dr T also continues to study acupuncture via webinars and courses in both medical and TCM schools of acupuncture. According to Dr. Tullett her investment in this course of study and practice has been well worth the effort.  She now has an additional tool in her tool box for her patients.    
At Allen Heights Vet we incorporate acupuncture into all of our surgery and dental cases to provide multi modal pain relief.  She most commonly uses it for all types of joint and back problems and some degenerative neurological problems and skin wounds.    
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