Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic offers acupuncture as part of a horse’s comprehensive care. 

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Equine Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used to treat various medical conditions in humans and animals for more than 3,000 years in China. Horses were among the first animals treated with acupuncture because of their importance in warfare and farming. Acupuncture takes into consideration the animal as a whole.

Doctor Cumper applies acupuncture to a horse's hindquarters

The general theory is based on the premise that there are patterns of vital force called Qi (pronounced “tee”) throughout the body, which are related to the internal organs and musculoskeletal system. Pain or illness result when the flow of Qi is disrupted due to pathological factors, such as bacteria and viruses, trauma, stress, poor diet or other conditions. Acupuncture focuses on restoring the flow of Qi in the body by inserting very fine needles into the skin at particular acupuncture points. Stimulation of these points resolves the blockage of Qi, relieving pain and restoring the body’s ability to heal itself. Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when performed by a qualified veterinarian. Very few negative side effects have been reported in clinical cases.

 Benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Immuno-regulation
  • Hormone and reproductive regulation
  • Anti-febrile effect
  • Promotion of microcirculation

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