Equine Acupuncture

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a specific method, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect. The specific point on the body is called Shu-xu or acupuncture point (acupoint). The ancient Chinese discovered 361 acupoints in humans and 173 acupoints in horses.

Acupuncture has been practiced in both animals and humans for thousands of years in China. The benefits of acupuncture have been documented in an increasing number of clinical trials and, as a result, we have a better understanding of acupuncture’s method of action. Our patients can benefit greatly from these new developments.

Learn more about large animal acupuncture.

Why should I choose acupuncture?

Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture therapy may be effective to treat the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Lameness
  • Neurological disorders
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Behavioral problems
  • Dermatological problems
  • Renal & urinary disorders

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