Acupuncture involves using traditional Chinese veterinary medicine practices to supplement to western medicine
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the body (acupuncture point) to cause a therapeutic effect. The use of acupuncture in veterinary medicine was first documented about 3,000 years ago.
Through modern research, acupoints have been shown to be areas with a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Stimulation of these acupoints has been shown to induce the release of beta-endorphins and serotonin, and other neurotransmitters.
Our vets can use different techniques including dry needling, aqua-acupuncture, electroacupuncture, and moxibustion to stimulate acupoints.
Acupuncture can be used as a supplemental treatment for a wide range of issues, including but not limited to; musculoskeletal problems (muscle soreness, back/neck pain, arthritis, etc), gastrointestinal disorders, neurologic disorders (including laryngeal hemiplegia), Heaves/chronic cough, anhidrosis, and metabolic disorders.
For more information: https://ceh.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/health-topics/acupuncture-horses