An Introduction to Acupuncture

September 9, 2016
Written by  Dr. Keum-Hwa Choi

acupuncture dog foot.jpgCancer has become one of leading causes of mortality in animals. Statistics show that thirty to forty percent of geriatric dogs and cats now have a chance to get cancer during their life time. The universal cancer treatments in Western oncology for animals are chemotherapy, radiation and surgical therapies. However, in Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM) Oncology, cancer is neither a new emerging disease nor a modern ailment. Cancer has been treated by Acupuncture, and/or Herbal therapy in TEM for a long time.

Acupuncture is one of TEM modes and has been used for several thousands of years in Korea and China for many ailments, including cancer treatment. Acupuncture is an insertion of thin needle into the acupuncture points that are located on the typical meridians.

Since the imbalance of the status of the Qi is the cause of the illness in TEM, keeping the homeostatic condition is the prime concern. By inserting acupuncture needles into the specific acupuncture points, the status of the Qi might be retrieved for a balanced status from an imbalanced condition.

Dr. Choi has applied acupuncture treatment for small animal cancer patients, especially using Traditional Korean Constitutional Acupuncture and has obtained favorable outcomes. During the 2016 VHA Expo, Dr. Choi will lead several sessions, sharing the basic information of acupuncture, the application of acupuncture treatment for cancer patients, and discuss small animal cancer cases using acupuncture treatment.

About the Author:

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Dr. Keum-Hwa Choi has received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Seoul and a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Microbiology from Seoul National University. Dr. Choi then worked as a scientist at the National Veterinary Research Institute in Korea for 8 years. Subsequently, she was a visiting scientist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and Institute of National Research Agronomy (INRA), Thiverval Grinion, France. After that, Dr. Choi received a PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology and a Post Doctorate in Molecular Biology/Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. Since then, she has worked as a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. Dr. Choi was also trained and certified in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Dr. Choi has also trained in Oriental Medicine (Human) at several institutes including Shandong Traditional Chinese Medicine (Jinan, China), Beijing Agriculture University (Beijing, China), College of Oriental Medicine at Kyung Hee University (Seoul, Korea), Dun San Oriental Medical Cancer Center (Daejeon, Korea), and Dae Jeon Oriental Medical School (Daejeon, Korea). She obtained a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the American Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.