Equine Acupuncture For Horses
This is the delicate art of inserting fine needles into the various meridians, or channels of energy, to help stimulate the horses own natural healing response and help to restore the balance of energy.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The horses body has a flow of motivating energy which in Chinese medicine is known as "qi" (which is pronounced chee). In a healthy horse this will flow in a balanced and uninterrupted way via a series of meridians or channels that flow just below the skin.
The Word 'Acupuncture'
The word 'acupuncture' comes from the Latin acus meaning 'needle' and pungere meaning 'prick'.
Who Can Perform Acupuncture On A Horse?
A qualified veterinarian can perform acupuncture, they will first make a traditional diagnosis and then put together a acupuncture treatment plan for the individual.
Benefits Of Acupuncture
Length Of Session
Each session can last for 20 to 30 minutes.
What Can Interrupt The Horses Flow Of Qi?
There are many triggering factors, these are the most common.
The needles used are very fine and can vary in length. Although when inserted they should not cause pain they can cause a tingling sensation.
Where Can Acupuncture Session's Take Place?
A quiet, well lit stable with a flat non slip surface with no bedding down, the reason for no bedding is because the needles are so fine that if one gets dropped you will have a lot of difficulty finding it in a deep bed.
It has been known for some horses to fall asleep during an acupuncture therapy session.