Acupuncture is an integrative modality that was discovered by the ancient Chinese people thousands of years ago and is relatively new to western society. Horses were the first animals to have acupuncture performed on them. These animals were important to the ancient people for agriculture and for war.
Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine and one of the oldest medical treatments known to man. Its use in the United States became prevalent in the 1970's. Discovering how acupuncture works has been a challenge to understand and prove. As better technology becomes available we have started to grasp the complicated workings of the nervous system and how acupuncture stimulates it. Though we do not have all the answers we have promising results from research.
Acupuncture helps restore this balance and allows the body to heal itself. The number of acupuncture points selected will depend on the condition being treated and the temperament of the animal. The points can be stimulated by heat, pressure, fluid or electricity. Commonly herbs are also prescribed along with acupuncture to help restore homeostasis in the body.
To learn more about acupuncture and what it can do for your horse or pet come and visit Dr. Stacie at the MN Horse Expo. The talks are in the cattle barn speaking area and will be at 5 pm on Friday and 3 pm on Saturday. Also, come and stop by our booth located in the Sheep and Poultry Barn #S304. Enter your name in our drawing for one Free chiropractic adjustment!