|What's the Point?
Acupuncture has been used as a medical therapy for over 2000 years. From a modern
perspective, acupuncture represents a form of nerve stimulation, which also leads to alterered
blood flow, release of endorphins and enkephalins, and affects upon the immune system.
Many important studies have been done to determine how acupuncture works, as well as what
physiologic mechanisms are involved in its actions. Recently, the use of MRI has shown how
the stimulation of specific points results in specific changes within the central nervous system
(CNS). Amazingly, new imaging techniques have shown that the points the Chinese have
labeled as 'Liver, Kidney', etc., have a direct impact on the blood flow to those organs.
When is Acupuncture Useful?
I use an integrative approach to my practice. In other words, I choose to blend both Western
and Eastern Medicine, with the intent of utilizing the best of both worlds. I continue to assess
the patient using a stethescope, lab work (when necessary), radiographs, etc., but I am also
able to assess them from a 'Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine' (TCVM) approach as well.
This allows me to more effectively address musculoskeletal pain, trauma, conditions such as
laminitis, and 'poor doers'. In performance horses, sore backs, pelvis' and shoulders are
extremely common. Acupuncture releases the muscle spasms which cause pain, and prevents
the proper use of the musculoskeletal system. Acupuncture can also be used as a diagnostic
tool - sometimes pointing us to a particular problem such as heel pain, Gastric Ulcers, etc.
How is Acupuncture Performed?
Acupuncture may involve the use of Chinese needles (dry needling), B-12 (Aquapuncture),
Electro-Acupuncture, Lacer (photonic light therapy), 'Ting' Points, or Moxa (use of a
Chinese herb that heats a needle or an area).
How do horses tolerate Acupuncture?
Most horses tolerate the procedure amazingly well, usually relaxing with 'licking and chewing'
behavior as soon as the needles are placed. I have had many horses fall asleep during
treatment. The relief of musculoskeletal pain and muscle spasms is immediate, although some
animals will not have a full response until the next day. When treating for pathologic diseases,
changes in tongue color and pulse can be seen immediately with effective treatment. Improved
attitude and willingness to work are among the responses I have had from the horses who have
|I am a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) by the International Veterinary Acupuncture
Society, and have completed the Advanced Equine Acupuncture Course through the Chi
Institute. I have also completed a course in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). I
am a proud memberof IVAS and AAVA (American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists).
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