Equine acupuncture is currently a "hot topic" here in the United States. If you go behind the scenes at any racetrack, top-rated horse show or even the Olympic games you will see acupuncture needles being placed in these top competitors. The art and science of Chinese acupuncture has been widely practiced in Asia for thousands of years but was introduced to the United States in just this last century. It is currently recognized by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) as an accepted and scientifically valid treatment modality.

Most commonly acupuncture is being used for enhancing performance in the competitive horse. Acupuncture is an excellent modality for relieving:

  • Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease
  • Neurological disorders: Fibrocartilagenous emboli (FCE), Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, seizures, laryngeal hemiplaegia, facial nerve paralysis, radial nerve paralysis, Sweeny
  • Lameness or decreased performance
  • GI problems: diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, constipation and impaction
  • Hormone/metabolic disease
  • Other Chronic conditions: anhidryosis (non-sweaters), asthma, cough, uveitis, cushings disease, hypothyroidism, infertility, hyperthryroidism, renal failure, skin problems
  • Behavioral issues
  • Geriatric weakness
  • Heaves (RAO,COPD)
  • Prevention of disease
Acupuncture is frequently combined with Chinese Herbal Medicine as support for acupuncture, or on occasion, in lieu of it.  Herbs are frequently use in situations that have not responded to traditional western veterinary medical practices.
More information on acupuncture and herbals may be found via the website of the Chi Institute. You may also visit Colorado State University for more information on Medical Acupuncture.