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Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and the concepts of TCVM medicine are compatible with current conventional western concepts. For many diseases, the two forms of medicine can be integrated to provide a better outcome than either medicine alone. For other diseases that currently have no conventional veterinary treatment, TCVM may be used alone to resolve the clinical signs. Simply put, disease processes cause injury and disrupt normal physiological functions of the body, causing innate healing and regenerative mechanisms to fail. Acupuncture restores balance to the body so the healing processes can function properly to restore health. It can be useful to treat a variety of  diseases in many body systems including musculoskeletal, dermatologic, neurological, ophthalmological, behavioral, cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, renal, reproductive, endocrine, immunological and neoplastic disorders. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many different diseases in many species, with virtually no side effects except for occasional bleeding at the acupuncture site, when the needle is removed. Acupuncture can complement conventional medical and surgical therapies, and can be useful to promote recovery in some conditions such as acquired deafness, nerve injuries and other disorders that have no conventional treatments. For geriatric animals, it is also an effective treatment to reduce arthritic pain, stimulate the appetite and increase their cognitive function and overall energy level. Acupuncture is an effective treatment to improve the quality of life for a variety of animals with a variety of veterinary disorders.