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365 Days in Horse Country – Acupuncture for Horses

Blog by Michael Stuart Webb | December 5th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Acupuncture for Horses



Alternative therapies such as acupuncture have been growing in popularity for decades, an not only in the human marketplace.  Acupuncture for animal companions is also in greater demand, especially for horses.

Horses can benefit in a number of ways from this ancient form of medicine.  Just about every equine malady can be treated with acupuncture, including cardiovascular disorders, chronic respiratory conditions, skin disorders, gastrointestinal problems, allergies, neurological disorders, and even behavioural problems.

Acupuncture is the application of small needles to different points on the body.  The idea behind it is to elicit a physiological response that will help treat about any disease.  Acupuncture was originally developed in China, and Eastern practitioners say it works by acting as a valve in the body to release electrical life energy where it is needed.  Western medicine still hasn’t determined exactly hot it works, but research is ongoing.

Acupuncturists believe there are meridians, or series of points in the body, that correspond to the major organs and other areas that affect overall health.  The meridians determine where the needles are placed.

Your regular veterinarian is unlikely to be certified in acupuncture, so if you want to explore this method of treatment, you’ll need to find a veterinarian acupuncturists.  Your veterinarian may be able to recommend one for you.  If not, you can get a referral from the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canada (AVAC).