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Dr. Norby was trained in small animal acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine.  She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the Chi Institute and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Norby will initially evaluate each patient based on history, physical exam, and TCVM evaluation (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine).  Based on those findings, she will formulate a treatment regimen.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture may be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a specific method, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect.  The specific point on the body is called "Shu-xu" or acupuncture point (acupoint).  The ancient Chinese people discovered 361 acupoints in human beings and 173 acupoints in animals.

Modern research shows that acupoints are located in the areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels.  Most acupoints are motor points.  A great number of studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induce release of beta-endorphin, serotonin and other neurotransmitters.  Therefore, acupuncture for pain relief is well supported by these scientific studies.  As more studies are conducted, the mechanism of this ancient therapy will be better understood.

Vital Energy or Qi

The ancient Chinese discovered that the health of the body depends on the state of Qi (pronounced chee).  Qi is the life force of vital energy.  There are two opposite forms of Qi: Yin and Yang.  Physiologically, Qi flows throughout the body 24 hours per day, maintaining a balance of Yin and Yang.  When the flow of Qi is interrupted by any pathological factor (such as virus or bacteria), the balance of Yin and Yang will be lost and consequently a disease may occur.

What are acupuncture methods and goals?

Acupoints may be stimulated in a variety of ways.  These techniques include dry needling, moxibustion (warming acupoints using herbs), aqu-acupuncture, and electro-stimulation.  Whatever tools are used, the goal is always the same: to restore the flow of Qi and allow homeostasis to return.

Be sure to ask one of our staff or at the Front Desk for more comprehensive information on this holistic therapeutic treatment.