Acupuncture is an adjunct therapy that treats your horse from a whole body perspective. It works on the nervous, endocrine, immune, and musculoskeletal systems to promote whole body wellness. With regular use, it can result in reduced inflammation, increased blood circulation and increased endorphin release, all of which promote the body's ability to heal itself.
What are acupuncture points?
Acupuncture points were first described thousands of years ago as specific points on the body that have a predictable effect on the body when they are stimulated. Recently, researchers found that the points described thousands of years ago are also areas on the body that have low electrical resistance, high electrical conductivity and a high density of free nerve endings, arterioles, lymphatic vessels, and mast cells.
How are acupuncture points stimulated?
There are many ways to stimulate acupuncture points! The most common way is to use a thin needle directly in the point - this is called dry needling. However, the points can be more strongly stimulated by applying a very gentle electrical current through the needles (electroacupuncture), or they can be stimulated for a longer amount of time by making a small injection into the point with a hypodermic needle (aquapuncture).
What if my horse is needle shy?
There are ways to stimulate a point without needling it! Points can be massaged, or gentle heat can be applied to the points using Moxa (an herbal that is burned in close proximity to the point). Other herbal formulas can be fed to your horse to treat them holistically without the use of needles.