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Acupuncture becomes a prickly cure for pampered pets




SHANGHAI - Pet owners are turning to acupuncture to help soothe the aches and pains of their cats and dogs.
"China is famous for acupuncture. I took the cat here immediately to have a try," said Wang Xijuan, 74, holding the paw of her feline friend during a session at a Shanghai clinic.
 
After four treatments, Wang said her cat can "walk now, jump and even fight with other cats".
Traditional practitioners believe acupuncture, which involves inserting long, fine needles at specific places, known as meridians, of the body, can stimulate blood circulation to promote healing and relieve some aches and pains.
The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society said on its website that acupuncture has been used in veterinary practice in China "for thousands of years to treat many ailments". Jin Rishan, a specialist at the Shanghai TCM Neurology and Acupuncture Animal Health Center, said they have treated more than 2,000 cats and dogs since the clinic opened four years ago.
A single session costs 260 yuan ($39) and lasts about 45 minutes.
Jin said about 80 percent of patients show some improvement after treatment. "Making a paralyzed and dependent dog stand up is our ultimate goal," Jin said.
 
From Reuters

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