Monday, February 15, 2010

Acupuncture for Horses

"Acupuncture restores the body’s balance by relieving the pain. Acupuncture should preserve the length of the horse’s performance life and make him/her happier. Everyone uses horses for purposes for which they are not built. We ask them to do things they may not be anatomically designed to do. So, as a result, we inadvertently cause some of the damage. Much of that damage can be overcome through the use of acupuncture which decreases pain, increases joint flexibility, improves muscle function, and facilitates overall movement. Before inserting the needles, a diagnostic check of the horse’s body should be run to see where there are tender or sore areas are. Using a smooth dowel or a pen diagnostic lines should be traced along the horse that pick up the positive acupuncture points and muscle trigger points. By the way, the insertion of the acupuncture needles is quite literally painless for those who are squeamish about needles."

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How to help your horse with acupuncture

Dr. Joanna Robson walks you through the steps of an equine acupuncture treatment. Many horses react positively by becoming relaxed as the treatment progresses.

Equine Acupuncture

Dr. Reed Holyoak, OSU equine veterinarian, demonstrates how he is using acupuncture and acupressure to treat horses for a wide variety of ailments and the research being done to determine how effective these treatments really are. From SUNUPTV

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Introduction to Acupuncture

Janus Lee has a masters degree in traditional Chinese medicine and is a certified acupuncturist. She discusses acupuncture and demonstrates with acupuncture needles. She talks about acupuncture points, how acupuncture works, what types of things acupuncture can address or treat the body, and how conventional medicine treatments are different from acupuncture.

She explains the movement of Qi in the body and explains TCM treatment of pain. She works on acupuncture points on the feet to treat headaches in order to move the Qi.