There are many methods used in acupuncture
treatments. Here is a horse enjoying electrical stimulation of some deep
| 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
- 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
- 3. Help mares with their "PMS"; and
other reproductive problems.
- 4. Treat chronic lameness, injuries,
neurological problems, moon blindness, and many other conditions.
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).