Daphne Livoni, M.S. L.Ac.
Office for humans in Oakland. Pets seen in El Sobrante, Walnut Creek, Greenbrae + Alameda, Contra Costa & Marin Counties.
Acupuncture has been practiced on humans in China for more than 4,500 years. The first use of acupuncture on animals can be traced to the western Jin dynasty period of China from 136 to 265 A.D. In this early form, sharp stones were used to cut and bleed specific locations on horses and other large working animals.
Acupuncture also stimulates the release of certain neurotransmitters like endorphins, the body's natural pain-killers, and smaller amounts of cortical, an anti-inflammatory steroid.
Acupuncture is indicated mainly for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain.
For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions that can be addressed:
Musculoskeletal problems: arthritis or spinal disc pathology
Skin problems: lick granuloma, hot spots
Respiratory problems: as feline asthma
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical approaches for animals. Side effects are rare. An animal's condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a session. Other animals may become sleepy or lethargic for 24 hours after acupuncture. These effects are an indication that some of the physiological changes are happening, and are most often followed by an improvement in the animal's condition.
Daphne has been working with animals since 1980, and has a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from U.C. Davis, and a Master of Science in Asian Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. She's been everything from a dog groomer, a zookeeper, a shark docent, and Veterinary Technician for over 10 years, all of which have given her an in-depth understanding of and a heightened ability to communicate with animals. Her animal acupuncture practice integrates her training and expertise in Western and Traditional Chinese medicines.
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