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***Update 5/2017: Unfortunately we are unable to accept new acupuncture patients at this time. We will update this page when we are able to offer this service to new patients***

Acupuncture with Dr. Susan Kinsey

Dr. Kinsey is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA), who continues to study Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). She practices acupuncture on a House Call basis, in both Raleigh and New Bern, as part of PHC, pllc.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. It has been practiced in both humans and animals for more than 4,000 years.  Acupuncture is defined as the stimulation of specific acupoints on the body, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect.

Modern research shows that acupoints are located in areas where there are high densities of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Research indicates that stimulation of acupoints induces release of beta-endorphin, serotonin and other neurotransmitters.  Acupuncture stimulation induces the following physiological effects:

Pain Relief

Regulation of gastro-intestinal motility

Anti-inflammatory effect


Hormone and reproductive regulation

Anti-febrile effect and microcirculation production

The ancient Chinese discovered that the health of the body depends upon the state of Qi. Qi is our vital life force, which flows throughout every living creature 24/7. The flow of Qi maintains an intricate balance within our body, which results in both mental and physical good health.

When this flow of Qi is interrupted by a pathological factor (such as bacteria or viruses, stress, trauma, or poor nutrition), the balance of Yin and Yang is lost and consequently a disease or illness may occur. The goal of acupuncture (and TCVM) is to restore this balance and restore homeostasis within the body. 

Pain is interpreted as the blockage of Qi flow. Acupuncture stimulation resolves this blockage, freeing the flow of Qi and enabling the body to heal itself.  Acupuncture stimulation is especially noted for its beneficial effects on musculoskeletal problems (muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, and degenerative joint disease).

What to Expect

Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure. Each session lasts 45 to 60 minutes. We have a TCVM history form link below, which we would like to have completed and returned to us prior to our initial appointment The initial session may take longer, as a thorough TCVM history and examination are performed. Follow up will likely include recommendations for herbal formula(s), home massage, and/or diet modifications, in order to maximize the success of our treatments.

A single treatment may be enough for an acute condition. A series of 3 to 10 treatments can resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may need monthly treatments over time. 

95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatment. Others may appear slightly drowsy the day of therapy.


The initial session of acupuncture is $80.00. House Call fees and Herbal formulations are additional. 

 We would be happy to respond to any further questions you may have about these services.

Click here to fill out our TCVM Pet Questionnaire: