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Equine Acupuncture

 A horse receiving treatment
There are many methods used in acupuncture treatments. Here is a horse enjoying electrical stimulation of some deep channels.
 Acupuncture has been practiced successfully in the Orient for thousands of years to treat many conditions in both humans and animals.

In the Western World, acupuncture gained acceptance by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1988 as a valid veterinary modality. The World Health Organization (WHO) has formally proclaimed that acupuncture is an effective medical treatment

In clinical practice, acupuncture is utilized for its diagnostic, therapeutic, and analgesic properties.  Stimulation of specific points on the body by small needles can regulate various biological functions, help the body achieve homeostasis and heal itself.
One of the most important benefits of acupuncture is to help the leaning, and thereby crooked horse, to unlock stiff joints and muscles and to enable him to stand and travel straight. The red horse is leaning to the right.  This will affect everything in his body

Many believe that acupuncture only relieves pain; however, acupuncture goes far beyond the relief of pain to enhance the healing of many conditions.  Applications in the performance horse are many:

  • 1.  Change a troubled performance to a winning performance, by improving the comfort and balance of the animal.
  • 2. Change a sour or indifferent attitude to a positive one. 
  • 3. Help mares with their "PMS"; and other reproductive problems.
  • 4. Treat chronic lameness, injuries, neurological problems, moon blindness, and many other conditions.
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 The information in this section was kindly provided by Dr DeRock. Please visit
Pacific Coast Equine Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine to learn more about acupuncture in equines.

Dr. J. Lauren DeRock is a licensed veterinarian who has specialized in Equine Acupuncture and Non-Force Chiropractic for over 10 years. She has successfully treated performance horses, race horses, carriage horses, trail horses, and pet horses of every type. Her accreditation in veterinary acupuncture is through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

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