Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the patient to produce a physiologic response. Stimulation of acupuncture points affects the nervous system and can lead to an increase in circulation, decrease in muscle spasm and the release of chemicals known as neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals can decrease pain sensation and help regulate the immune system among other effects. Acupuncture is used in the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal, neurologic, immune, gastrointestinal and dermatologic systems. The most common conditions treated with acupuncture at Integrative Pet Care include intervertebral disc disease, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, allergic dermatitis, seizures and cancer. Acupuncture can also be used in patients following surgical procedures, thereby improving the patient’s comfort level and speeding up the post-operative recovery period. In some cases, acupuncture can reduce or eliminate the need for chronic medication.