Long before the advent of hair-thin sterilized steel needles, Acupuncturists used stones and even small animal bones to stimulate points on the human body. Three thousand years ago, during the Shang Dynasty, hieroglyphs of acupuncture and moxibustion appeared in inscriptions on tortoise shells and bones. Animal products like tiger bone were widely used to strengthen human bones and ease arthritis.
These days, Acupuncturists no longer use stone or tiger bone to aid human ailments. In fact, some Acupuncturists use their skills to aid animals in need.
Last summer in Israel, a 14-year-old Sumatran tiger named Pedang was given several rounds
of acupuncture for its chronic ear infections. The tiger had suffered for over a year with an infection, which was not cured by antibiotics.
Recently, a 20-year-old Komodo dragon named Bubba has been receiving acupuncture at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas for degenerative bone disease in both of its knees.
Even here in Kentucky, some Veterinarians treat horses and small animals like cats and dogs with acupuncture for complaints similar to what their human companions might experience.