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Among all our domestic species, it is possibly true that horses and ponies respond to energy medicine in a more dynamic and dramatic way.Equine acupuncture is no exception. Horses and ponies are extremely sensitive and reactive creatures and it is a real privilege to work with them.

In general, horses and ponies appear to enjoy their needles and, if not actually enjoying them, they still usually tolerate their equine acupuncture treatment very well. Startlingly, some patients have even shown unequivocally where they want needles to be placed, once they have realised that we are ‘listening'.

AVMC policy is that we do not sedate horses for acupuncture. Sedation is toxic and can furthermore alter the body's perception, interpretation and processing of the treatment. It will also mask any responses, observation of which feedback from the patient is vital to the planning of ongoing treatment programs. If a horse or pony objects to what is offered, we take it that there should be another way to treat the patient or that the point selection is not suitable for that individual. Other points can be chosen and there are other methods of point stimulation. Horses and ponies appear to be extremely aware of their needs and there is usually a reason for them objecting to a particular needle.

We perform a full chiropractic check on each equine acupuncture patient, correcting any problems discovered, so that skeletal alignment and muscle tone are optimised, prior to acupuncture treatment. Horses' back problems are a special interest.

We use LASER stimulation for some patients, in preference to needling. Horses and ponies are well able to demonstrate which suits them best. In many cases, we use both.

At the AVMC, the Acupuncture Vet also uses Moxibustion or Electroacupuncture, as needed, as part of an integrated therapeutic strategy.

Acupuncture vet in practice: Equine acupuncture is extremely rewarding. Here is a sample of the horse diseases and conditions that we are called upon to treat with equine acupuncture are (in alphabetical order):

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Azoturia
  • Back Pain
  • Back Problem
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Broken Wind
  • Colic
  • COPD
  • Crib Biting
  • DJD
  • Equine Recurrent Uveitis
  • ERU
  • Grass Sickness
  • Headshaking (Headshaker) – see image
  • Heaves
  • Hormonal Problems
  • Infertility
  • Joint
  • Kissing Spines
  • Lameness
  • Laminitis
  • Ligament
  • Mareishness
  • Moonblindness
  • Myoglobinuria
  • Myositis
  • Navicular
  • OCD
  • Paralysis
  • Pedal Ostitis
  • Periodic Ophthalmia
  • Periodic Uveitis
  • Recurrent Ophthalmia
  • Recurrent Uveitis
  • Ringbone
  • Setfast
  • Shaker
  • Shaking
  • Shiverer
  • Shivering
  • Sidebone
  • Sinusitis
  • Spavin
  • Spinal Problem
  • Stomach Ulcer
  • Suspensory
  • Tendon
  • Tying Up
  • Ulcer Stomach
  • Uveitis
  • Wind Sucking
  • Wobbler

 

 

Veterinary Acupuncture, when delivered in a holistic package, stimulates a return to more normal energy balance within the body, enabling more effective endogenous healing capability. There is evidence* that acupuncture treatment, especially in the case of nerve injuries, may stimulate stem cell activity to improve and hasten healing. There may be a cross-over here, between Acupuncture and Stem Cell Therapy, possibly making the invasive intervention of Stem Cell Therapy more of a distant option. See also: LASER Therapy.

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