<p dir=”ltr”><span>Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medical practice, has been endorsed by the World Health Organization as an effective way to help</span> <a href=”http://austinhealingacupuncture.com/need-help-eating-better-3-tips-to-put-you-on-the-path-to-wellness/”><span>at least two dozen conditions.</span></a> <span>But did you know that humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from it?</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><a href=”http://www.ivas.org/about-ivas/what-is-veterinary-acupuncture/”><span>Veterinary acupuncture</span></a> <span>can be used to help both small and large animals with such conditions as musculoskeletal problems, respiratory issues, and gastrointestinal problems. Now, thousands of pet owners in Utah are turning to the practice for help, reports</span> <a href=”http://fox13now.com/2013/11/06/utah-vet-uses-acupuncture-to-help-pets-heal/”><span>FOX13.</span></a></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Dr. Kim Henneman at Animal Health Options in Park City is one of many veterinary acupuncturists throughout Utah whose alternative therapies can be used to help animals get well, and even often speed up recovery. She said that holistic animal medicine has been around for over 50 years but is only now being discovered by many.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>It was only recently that the American Medical Association decided to vote and allow the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture to become a member of the organization’s police delegation.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>”Any treatments should be performed by a licensed veterinarian with additional training and certification in acupuncture,” said a statement from the AVMA.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Now, more and more vets — an entire generation — are going to medical school with the specific purpose of performing integrative therapies on animals — or ones that combine both Eastern and Western medical practices. Schools such as Tufts, U.C. Davis, Colorado State, University of Florida, and Auburn University are teaching classes on veterinary acupuncture, helping students gain a more global perspective on the field of veterinary sciences.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Just as they would choose any other doctor, pet owners should first look up a prospective acupuncture practitioner’s licensing first before scheduling any appointments. In Utah, the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing provides licenses to veterinarians and acupuncturists under separate categories. This means that residents of the Beehive State can find the necessary credentials on the DOPL’s website to ensure that their pet’s acupuncture is performed by a professional.</span></p>
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