Abstract # 13104 Event # 148:

Scheduled for Friday, August 10, 2018 03:00 PM-03:15 PM: (Chula Vista ) Oral Presentation


NEEDLES AND LASERS: THE SCIENCE OF ACUPUNCTURE AND LASER THERAPY AND HOW WE USE IT TO IMPROVE NHP CARE

E. R. Magden
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, Department of Veterinary Sciences, 650 Cool Water Dr., Bastrop, TX 78602, USA
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     Acupuncture and LASER therapies are complementary therapeutics that can be added to our health care tool kit to improve nonhuman primate care and wellbeing. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into defined acupuncture points that stimulate physiologic processes through neural signaling. In the late 1990’s both the NIH and WHO issued statements in support of acupuncture, and since then, thousands of additional scientific studies have shown the benefits of acupuncture treatment. We have used acupuncture in nonhuman primates to successfully treat arthritis-related pain, cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory depression, and to enhance wound healing. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) involves the use of near infra-red (non-visible) light to promote wound healing, vascularization, and decrease inflammation. LLLT has been very beneficial to decrease wound healing time and decrease arthritis related pain. We will discuss the science behind these therapies, and why they work to improve health care. Case examples will be given with both subjective and objective data to illustrate the benefits of acupuncture and LLLT. The use of both these complementary therapeutics have enhanced the care we are able to provide our animals. Given the benefits, they should be considered along with traditional western medical techniques if we want to provide the best possible health care program.