Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body which have the ability to alter various biochecmical and physiological conditions as a means of helping the body to heal itself. In additional to relieving pain, ACUPUNCTURE RELIEVES MUSCLE SPASMS, STIMULATES NERVES and THE BODYS IMMUNE SYSTEM and TREATS INDIVIDUAL ORGAN SYSTEMS DISORDERS. Acupuncture, judiciously used in conjunction with drugs and surgery can improve the outcomes. Acupuncture is widely used post surgically to hasten recovery.
Acupuncture is used mainly for functional problems such as those involving noninfectious inflammation, paralysis, or pain. For small animals, acupuncture has been used for treating arthritis, hip dysplasia, lick granuloma, feline asthma, diarrhea, and certain reproductive problems. For larger animals, acupuncture has been used for treating downer cow syndrome, facial nerve paralysis, allergic dermatitis, respiratory problems, nonsurgical colic, and certain reproductive disorders.
ACUPUNCTURE HAS ALSO BEEN USED ON COMPETITIVE ANIMALS, SUCH AS THOSE INVOLVED IN RACING AND SHOWING.
USE THESE RULES OF THUMB WHEN YOU CONSIDER ACUPUNCTURE:
- Seek conventional treatment first. Where appropriate, augment it with acupuncture, or;
- Try acupuncture after conventional treatment has produced less-than-satisfying results.
- If your horse has a condition for which every passing minute means more tissue damage and a worsening prognosis (such as laminitis, severe colic, bowed tendon, or navicular disease), seek proven conventional care as his primary treatment. You can then use acupuncture to augment that protocol.
ACUPUNCTURE HAS BEEN REPORTED TO BE BENEFICIAL FOR THE FOLLOWING:
- Peripheral nerve paralysis
- Navicular disease
- A variety of musculoskeletal-related lamenesses
- Hives, shock
- Stomach ulcers
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