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Complementary Treatments in Pets: Can Your Dog or Cat Benefit from Acupuncture 

Date: 2/1/2018
From: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Room: Workshop Space
Free Community Event with Dr. Revital “Tali” Kastner
Dr. Revital “Tali” Kastner is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is also certified in acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).
As the owner of the Park street Veterinary Clinic, she is committed to the welfare and health of her patients. Dr. Kastner practices both traditional Western medicine as well as complementary Eastern techniques, which include acupuncture, Veterinary Medical Manipulation and therapeutic Chinese herbals.
Dr. Kastner is a member of the American and Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Associations as well as the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture and International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.
Traditional Chinese medicine is a style of traditional medicine built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), and dietary therapy. TCM is widely used in China (where it has long been the standard system of medicine), and is becoming increasingly available in Europe and North America.
TCM’s view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.). While health is perceived as the harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis aims to trace symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and eyes, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person as well as many other things Acupuncture is the technique of painlessly piercing the skin with very thin needles at specific points to prevent or treat disease. Acupuncture is a method of care with roots in ancient China. Its techniques have been developed and refined through its use over the last 3000 years and is recognized as a safe and effective form of medicine which requires extensive training for its proper practice. Research has proven the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of canine and feline diseases.
Acupuncture treatment can be used for many different conditions. Musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. arthritis, disk disease, chronic neck pain) are among the most commonly treated. However, many more ailments can be addressed. These include: epilepsy, asthma, IBD, Wobbler disease, post-operative pain, hepatitis, urinary incontinence and cancer.
Dr. Kastner will talk about Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture and how they can benefit your animal. She will also include a quick review of how herbals and medical manipulation (which closely resembles Chiropractic in humans) can be beneficial as adjuncts to acupuncture or even as standalones. In addition, she will also do a brief demonstration! Come enjoy, learn & ask questions!
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