Aquapuncture is a form of acupuncture where a liquid is injected into specific acupuncture points. In contrast to the traditional tapered acupuncture needles, aquapuncture uses small gauge hypodermic needles to introduce a small volume of fluid into the prescribed point. The most common liquids used in this variation of acupuncture are vitamin B12 and saline. Aquapuncture can be used as the sole treatment during a therapy session or in conjunction with traditional acupuncture needles and electroacupuncture. 

Because aquapuncture injections are strategically placed over acupuncture points, this technique produces the same benefits that are seen from traditional acupuncture. The main mechanism of action of acupuncture involves micro-irritation to the tissue at well studied, specific points along the body. The small volume of fluid injected in aquapuncture serves as a persistent irritation at that acupuncture point, lengthening and strengthening the effect of the treatment compared to dry needle (traditional acupuncture) technique. 

With traditional dry needling and electroacupuncture, patients need to remain relatively still for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Many of our veterinary patients find it difficult to keep still for this amount of time. With aquapuncture, the fluid injected into the point replaces the stimulation provided by leaving acupuncture needles in or introducing an electric current. Aquapuncture can be much faster and easier for active or uncooperative patients, while still providing results. 

Dr. Emily Falk, DVM, CVA