Thursday, January 21, 2010

The use of acupuncture in the treatment of horses - Full Article

Written by Robert Vandevelde
Wednesday, 20 January 2010

GANIMED IS a 14-year-old stallion who made quite a name for himself winning the German Derby in 2000 and was named best German racehorse in 1999 and 2000. Winner show jumping 1st level class; Dressage up 3rd level; Sire of Endurance, sports and racing offspring. He's a purebred Arab now living here in Javea. He injured himself during an endurance race and I was approached to treat him with Acupuncture. So far, he's responding well to his treatment.

The history of equine Acupuncture dates back to 2000-2500 B.C. during the Shang and Chow dynasties in China. Around 650 BC Bai-Le wrote 'Bai- Le's Canon on Veterinary medicine'. It was primarily on Acupuncture and emphasised equine acupuncture. In Europe it was not until 1896 that the first mention of veterinary acupuncture appeared in print in France and it was 1947 when the first modern school of veterinary acupuncture was established in the northern university of China and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association was formed in 1975! I started treating animals in 1986!


Acupuncture has been used successfully in the treatment of a variety of equine lameness, including chronic back problems; hock or stifle problems and navicular disease as well as various soft tissue disorders.


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