Equine acupuncture is being used more and more in the Western world. Some horse owners frown on acupuncture as any remedy for their horses, while others swear by this Chinese medical technique. Equine acupuncture has created a great interest in the horse owners associations throughout the world.
The history of equine acupuncture dates back to around 650 B.C. in China. One of the first veterinary textbooks written at that time based its principles primarily on acupuncture and its derivatives. Equine acupuncture has been practiced in the Far East for centuries, but did not receive any recognition by Western equine veterinary practitioners until the 20th century.
Acupuncture is a technique for treating certain painful conditions or illnesses. It produces anesthesia to specific areas by passing long, thin needles through the skin to specific points. The needles stimulate points on the body to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions. Equine acupuncture should not be considered a cure-all, but it does work very well in most cases. Horse owners appreciate the naturalness and safety of equine acupuncture.
Side effects are very rare and drugs and chemicals never enter the body when acupuncture is used on horses. In the United States we generally use equine acupuncture when surgery is not possible or when medications do not work or have horrible side effects on the horse. Acupuncture will balance the body’s own healing system, therefore, complications rarely develop. Acupuncture is considered a very safe and effective way to treat horses.
Acupuncture is like a domino effect. The needle presses and stimulates a point which will send signals to certain nerves. These nerves will emit certain signals to a part of the brain which will, in turn, react and send out other impulses. It all works within the meridians of the body’s natural vital energy flow. Equine acupuncture is not necessarily always used to cure a horse, but to show that there is a medical problem and what it is.
Most equine acupuncture practitioners only have to ask the owner what the problem is with the horse. He does not have to examine the horse. He will use acupuncture at the sight of the problem to determine the exact ailment. He can then rule out certain ailments to determine specific problem. Acupuncture bridges the gap between medicine and surgery for the horse owners and the horses themselves. This saves time and money for the horse owners and more importantly, pain for the horse. Many now consider equine acupuncture the only humane way to medically treat horses in the modern world.