Acupuncture is currently recognized by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) as an accepted and scientifically valid treatment modality. Acupuncture gives us a “map” of the body, involving hundreds of points that largely fall along one of the 14 primary meridians. These points correspond to different elements of the body and allow us to understand what is going on with the body holistically. The meridians relate to the musculoskeletal system and internal organs. In Chinese medicine, pain or illness is due to the blockage of “Qi” or energy along one or more meridians. Qi can be blocked by both internal and external factors such as stress, trauma, bacteria, viruses, etc. Using acupuncture we treat pain and illness by inserting acupuncture needles into specific acupuncture points and stimulating these points.
Anatomically each acupuncture point contains a high density of lymphatic vessels, free nerve endings, mast cells and arterioles. When these points are stimulated there is a release of endogenous opioids, endorphins, serotonins and norepinephrine. Scientific research has proven the merits of acupuncture for pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, reproductive and hormonal regulation and gastrointestinal disturbances, among many other effects.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR HORSE NEEDS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is often used as an adjunct to standard veterinary care and is commonly used for enhancing performance in the competitive horse arena. The following is a sampling of conditions for which acupuncture has been reported to be beneficial, on its own or as an adjunct to contemporary medicine:
For more information on equine acupuncture and to schedule a treatment for your horse, please call 803-517-8785.
The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society: P.O. Box 1478, Longmont, CO 80502-1478; 303-682-1168; www.ivas.org.Karen Hayes is an Idaho-based equine practitioner and published this article in the February 1999 issue of Horse & Rider magazine.Posted in Alternative Therapies |- See more at: http://www.equisearch.com/horses_care/health/alternative_therapies/eqpins721/#sthash.CHQu1lhn.dpuf