Ms Grint, a specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, has previously only used acupuncture on dogs, with Lucifer her first cat patient."We are using acupuncture to decrease pain and improve blood flow to the site, helping the healing process," she said.She inserted needles at 1in (2.5cm) intervals around Lucifer's wound in a technique called "ringing the dragon".The needles remained in Lucifer's foot for around 15 minutes, while other experts examined the wound.Jo Reynard, veterinary associate at Paignton Zoo, said: "We're using gas anaesthesia and all the usual medical painkillers. The acupuncture is simply being used opportunistically, as an adjunct to conventional therapy in the hope that it might help the wound heal."
In layman's terms, acupuncture does not work – for anything.This has profound clinical, ethical, scientific, and practical implications. In my opinion humanity should not waste another penny, another moment, another patient – any further resources on this dead end. We should consider this a lesson learned, cut our losses, and move on.