Dr. Arledge completed training in acupuncture and Chinese medical principles from the Chi Institute, the nation’s leading veterinary organization for Veterninary Acupuncture. Equine Acupuncture is currently recognized by both the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) as an accepted and scientifically valid treatment modality. Acupuncture gives us a map of the body, involving hundreds of points that largely fall along one of the 14 primary meridians. These points correspond to different elements of the body and allow us to understand what is going on with the body holistically. The meridians relate to the musculoskeletan and internal organs. In Chinese medicine , pain or illness is due to the blockage of “Qi” or energy along one of the meridians.
While we may still not fully understand the ability of acupuncture to balance the body and allow it to heal itself, there is no disputing the scientific facts that have recently been uncovered. Anatomically each acupuncture point contains a high density of lymphatic vessels, free nerve endings, mast cells and arterioles. When these points are stimulated there is a release of of endogenous opioids, endorphins, serotonins and norephinphrine. Scientific research has proven the merits of acupuncture for pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, reproductive and hormonal regultion and gastrointestinal disturbances among other effects.
Most commonly acupuncture is being used for enhancing performance in the competitive horse. It is an excellent modality for relieving musculosketal pain, obscure lameness, and decreased performance.Acupuncture can also be effective for GI problems, behavioral issues, neurological disorders and prevention of disease, just to name a few. For more information in these services for your horse please give us a call.