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Blue Ridge Animal Hospital Blue Ridge Animal Hospital

(540) 586‑4290
1343 Moneta Rd
Bedford, VA 24523

Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine

At Blue Ridge, we are pleased to start offering integrative medicine and other avenues for your pets' health. We believe that Western and Eastern medicine can be balanced and used concurrently to create the best possible outcomes for your pets.

Dr. Tracy has recently graduated from acupuncture training from the Chi Institute, one of the few recognized schools in the country to teach acupuncture. While there, herbal medicine was also discussed, taught, and practiced.

What is acupuncture?

A cat being held by a vet tech

Acupuncture usually involves of thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body to create therapeutic effects, but may include other methods.

Is there any scientific evidence?

More and more evidence is finding the medical benefits of acupuncture are real and can be long-lasting. The treatment and points are based on areas of high concentration of nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. This stimulation causes increased endorphins, stimulates immune modulating cells, and allows better flow through the body.

How soon can you expect results?

Some results CAN happen immediately. However, be prepared for more than one treatment. Generally a minimum of 3 treatments 1–2 weeks apart are needed to notice major differences in chronic conditions.

Dr. Tracy will continue to integrate herbal and acupuncture medicine into discussions if you are interested. She would also like to pursue her certification in veterinary herbal medications as well.

Please contact us about this and other areas we can assist you!