What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture as a health care treatment began over 3000 years ago in China, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) as a “valid modality” for treating horses. The treatment consists of inserting solid, fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points of the body to prevent and treat disease.
The procedure must be administered by a licensed veterinarian as it is considered surgery by the above associations and requires a thorough knowledge of veterinary anatomy and physiology.
How does acupuncture work?
Needles are placed into specific locations within the meridians of the body. The points are chosen after palpation reveals increased or decreased reflexes and differences in tissue quality.
Acupuncture needles stimulate tiny nerve endings that carry impulses to the spinal cord and brain. This results in responses within the nervous and endocrine systems, leading to the release of natural painkillers such as endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. These influence the function of the body tissues and organ systems.
Acupuncture also recognizes syndromes, so if a group of body points are sore upon palpation, a predictable anatomical area is involved and will be treated. With certain health issues, such as laminitis or EPM, a particular group of points will be addressed to reopen ‘blocked’ energy flow to reestablish normal function of that area.
If you live in the North Texas area and would like to schedule an equine acupuncture exam and treatment with Dr. Mark, please visit Allstarequine.com or call him at (940) 268-6460.