Acupuncture is still regarded with skepticism by many veterinarians, or viewed as adjunct therapy rather than a primary therapy.
Why study it? To predict problems by constitutional element, predict progression by same, and control problems via herbs or acupuncture that address the elements.
Pain control is what acupuncture does best. It is also the easiest problem to treat with acupuncture.
There are a number of references for various modalities accessible through PubMed as well as summarized in various texts.
Identify problems according to the 8 principles (actually, 4 pairs of principles)
There is no such thing as the one and only ideal diet. Why?
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