Equine Acupuncture: the natural “drug” -part 1

by horselover2

The use of complementary holistic medicine on horses has become exceedingly common over the last few years. Nonetheless, there are many horse owners that have considered the idea of using these alternative therapies, but have not due to the fact that they are unsure as to what many of these therapies entail.  One of the most beneficial therapies for horses that are physically or mentally “wounded” is acupuncture. Ailments that can be treated with acupuncture range from horses with anxiety issues to horses that have slipped a disk in their backs.   

Most everyone has heard about acupuncture.  Common knowledge dictates that acupuncture is performed by sticking needles into a person’s or animal’s body.  This, in-and-of itself can be particularly off-putting. 

However, acupuncture can be a significantly beneficial and therapeutic alternative to modern pain killers and mood enhancers. 

To make an informed decision concerning what is best for a horse, it is important to learn about the process of acupuncture.  Starting at the beginning, it might be comforting to know that acupuncture has been used on horses for over 5000 years.  Ancient practitioners did not understand the electricity in the body, but knew that the careful placement of needles in certain areas of the horse’s body would provide pain relief and promote healing.