JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - For more than 5,000 years, acupuncture has been used in Chinese culture to cure people of all types of chronic ailments.
Since 2006, Dr. Ruth Roberts veterinary clinic on James Island has been using the same ancient technique on man's best friend.
Dr. Roberts says, "In most cases we are able to restore mobility and diminish pain to the point that the animal has an excellent quality of life."
Dr. Roberts uses the same type of needles used for acupuncture on people and places them in different pressure points or meridians on the animal. She says the hope with the procedure is to use the needles to stimulate the flow of blood and chi or energy to bring the body back to normal order and functioning.
"In some cases it can be stunning. We can see some dogs that have to be carried in here and can walk out with some assistance that's what we love to see," Dr. Roberts says.
The procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes and a session can cost about $75 and pet owners say they swear by it.
Mary Warren said about her dog's treatment,"It relieves the pain and swelling and she's good to go again so it has been a blessing for us. So I would highly recommend it."
Brian King said,"This is not the man behind the curtain kind of stuff. The dog changed and we could see it and now we have an animal that is a happy camper."
In addition to acupuncture, Dr. Roberts also uses laser therapy as well as food therapy and Chinese herbal medicine in addition to traditional western medicine.