Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira
versión impresa ISSN 0100-736X
ESPER, Greyson Vitor Zanatta et al. Haematological changes in dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) after treatment with electroacupuncture. Pesq. Vet. Bras. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.2, pp. 179-182. ISSN 0100-736X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-736X2012000200015.
Acupuncture is an alternative therapy which increasingly acquires credibility in the Western Hemisphere and it is indicated for anemic and immunosuppressed patients, as well as for other diseases. The experiment was performed with 8 adult dogs, 4 females and 4 males. The study consisted to analyze the concentrations of white and red cells evaluated at four treatments: controls (T0), acupuncture (T1), unilateral electroacupuncture (T2), and bilateral electroacupuncture (T3). The acupoints utilized were: 4 large intestine, 11 small intestine and 36 stomachs. All animals experienced all treatments with an interval of 7 days to each treatment. The serum hemograms were verified 20 minutes prior to initiation to treatment (M0), at the end of the treatment (M1), 60 minutes after treatment (M2) and 120 minutes post-treatment (M3). The results revealed that the red series was not significant, but there was only a significant decrease in medium corpuscular concentration (p<0.05) at T1 of M1 as compared to the other treatments; also there was a significant reduction (p<0.05) in the platelet concentration at T1, T2 and T3 as compared to controls. The electro-acupuncture may lead to thrombocytopenia, when stimulating these points, probably by a parasympathetic stimulus.
Palabras llave : Acupuncture; thrombocytopenia; immunity.