Acupuncture originates in China (1st century BC). Modern Veterinary Acupuncture works well alongside diagnostics and conventional treatments to achieve maximum health benefits. The efficiency of the treatment is scientifically proven. It offers pain relief, improves blood supply, speeds up healing and balances the immune system (skin, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system).
Health from a Chinese point of view is the result of a continuous circulation of energy called Qi through the body along pathways known as Meridians. To restore the energy flow certain points where the energy gets closer to the surface of the body are treated. Commonly very fine needles are used, or the points are warmed using moxa. In anxious patients, or to promote tissue healing, a Low Level Laser can be used.
Most Animals relax during the acupuncture treatment. A first treatment takes approximately 40 minutes, follow up treatments 20-30 minutes. The owner stays with the patient while the needles are left in place. A response will often be obvious within three treatments. Acute problems often resolve within 3 weekly treatments. With chronic conditions treatment intervals are chosen according to the patient’s needs.
Acupuncture considers the whole horse and its surroundings. How a history is taken and how the horse is examined depends on the nature of the problem. In a lameness case it is important to find out what caused the problem and if possible I like to see the horse move. For respiratory and skin problems husbandry and nutrition need looking at.
Horses have a lot of energy they can utilise and often respond very quickly to acupuncture treatments. Acute problems often resolve within two treatments. In the eastern concepts prevention is considered better than cure. For seasonal problems, such as Sweet Itch or some forms of respiratory problems (COPD/RAO), a course of treatments can often reduce, or even prevent the onset of problems. Usually one to three treatments are required for that.
Chronic problems with structural changes can´t be undone. But acupuncture can improve circulation, reduce inflammation and pain, and often restore function. These cases often need regular top ups. After a few initial treatments, an acupuncture every three month helps many elderly arthritic horse to have a better quality of life.
Conditions likely to respond are:
Tendon injuries and general Wound Healing (combined with LLLT)
Skin Problems (Sweet Itch, Urticaria, Sarcoids)
Gastro-Intestinal Problems (Chronic Colic including post surgery, poor appetite, diarrhoea)
Poor immunity and post viral lethargy
Unexplained Performance Problems
A mileage fee is charged to cover the travelling costs and is shared if several horses are treated on the same yard. Acupuncture appointments without a mileage fee can be arranged at Arrowfield Veterinary Group in Kington, Arrow Equestrian near Pembridge and Bryngwyn Riding Centre near Painscastle. There is ample parking space for horse lorries in all places. Weston House Farm and Bryngwyn Riding Centre have more to offer for horse and rider. You can even book a holiday for you and your horse! See their webpage for details.
Acupuncture considers the whole animal. Many questions don’t differ much from taking the history during a conventional veterinary exam. But seemingly unrelated information, for example on the mood of the animal or eating habits, can help to find the best way of treating the problem.
The owner stays with the pet all the time. Most dogs relax during the acupuncture treatment and curl up on a blanket. Cats usually stay quite happily on the treatment table or relax in their basket after the needles are inserted.
A first treatment takes approximately 40 minutes, follow up treatments 20-30 minutes. The owner stays with the patient while the needles are left in place. A response will often be obvious within three treatments. Acute problems often resolve within 3 weekly treatments. With chronic conditions, treatment intervals are chosen according to the patient's needs.
The treatment is always individual. Conditions likely to respond are:
Disc Problems (also post surgical)
Rehabilitation, e.g. post Cruciate Surgery
Skin and gastrointestinal problems
Most treatments take place in the spacious consulting rooms at Arrowfield Veterinary Group in Kington. There is also a treatment room available in Richard´s Castle and in Rhosgoch. Ask your local Vet, it might be possible to see you at your Veterinary practice.
Classical texts as well as scientific research show the effectiveness of acupuncture in cattle. Goats also respond very well. Coming from the background of mixed practice, Iris has a very practical approach to the needs of large animals.
Conditions likely to respond are:
Calves not suckling
Fertility problems (Bulls and Cows)
Post Partal problems