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Integrative Medicine in Lexington, KY

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Individualized veterinary care is a hallmark of our clinic. We offer several integrative treatment options to enhance your pet’s quality of life based on their unique needs. This integrative approach combines Western and Eastern medicine which allows us more options and treatments for healing.

Our very own Dr. Hill is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist since 2009. In addition to acupuncture, she is also able to offer Chinese Herbal medicine. Both treatments can be used in conjunction with Western medical treatments. At Banks Veterinary Clinic of Beaumont, our goal is to make an individualized treatment plan for your pet and use every available resource to help them get better.

If you have any questions about Integrative medicine or would like to make an appointment, call (859) 224-2287.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture has a track record of usage and success going back thousands of years. Originally used to treat many different ailments in people, it is now gaining traction as a viable treatment for our pets. It’s a simple procedure that causes complex, self-healing reactions in the body. Placing tiny acupuncture needles at specific acupuncture points called “meridians,” areas where blood vessels and nerve bundles intersect, stimulates the release of endorphins and other chemicals.

This effect can help to reduce pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.

What Can We Treat with Acupuncture?

We can use acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Lameness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Back pain

Treatments – For chronic issues, typically advise once-weekly treatment sessions for 3-4 weeks, then gradually space them out. The effects of acupuncture tend to be cumulative, so less-frequent treatments are needed as time goes on.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is another holistic modality we offer. Almost any condition can be treated with herbs, but Dr. Hill primarily uses them for pain control and reducing inflammation associated with musculoskeletal conditions. Herbs are generally very safe if they are administered properly, but side effects may occur. These effects tend to be gastrointestinal in nature and include vomiting and diarrhea.
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