Camel acupuncture procedure
Nina is a 19 year old Bactrian camel who has long term joint problems which are worse throughout the winter months.
She is currently on anti-inflammatory and drugs to improve her joint fluid and cartilage.
Recently published work has shown evidence that acupuncture treatment has had benefits in humans and an American zoo had recently tried the treatment with some success on one of their camels.
Alistair Greenway, a vet who offers referral acupuncture treatment for cats, dogs and equine patient, has been giving Nina weekly treatment since December.
Acupuncture is performed using fine sterilised needles which stimulate specific points on the body which affect certain biochemical processes in a beneficial way. Acupuncture acts primarily through the central nervous system affecting the musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems. One of the main benefits is the relief of pain and muscular spasm associated with joint and bone disease or muscle and ligament problems.
Acupuncture causes the release of the body’s natural painkillers (endorphins) so although there are occasionally brief moments of sensitivity as the needles are placed, once in position most animals relax, as is the case with Nina.
Nina’s keepers have noticed a marked improvement in her since the treatment began.