Acupuncture is a health care method with roots in China which developed over 3000 years ago. Today acupuncture is supported by science and is recognized as safe, effective and requires extensive training for its proper practice.  Always seek a certified acupuncturist for your horse.  Acupuncture points can be located by measuring electrical potential of the skin. These points are found on meridians which course over the body much like latitude and longitude on a map. These meridians are named and are generally found along the courses of nerves and blood vessels.

By stimulating an acupuncture point, which are associated with certain types of nerve endings, we can create a set of responses in the body. Neurochemicals are produced by the brain which allow for a cascade of other hormonal effects. Acupuncture is capable of stimulating the body’s own defenses against pain and inflammation.

Needle placement allows us to alter the flow of Blood and energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi flows through the body along the meridians. The body has 365+ points where we can influence these bodily substances and directly affect organs as well as their function.  Disease states are a direct
disruption in the flow of Qi; therefore, acupuncture can be used to restore balance and resolve the disease.

Dr. Tranquillo supports acupuncture as a Complimentary Medicine.   She has been trained in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.   She utilizes it in conjunction with Western Medicine to give your horse the best outcome. Acupuncture can also be used as a sole therapy if the condition permits. In addition, Dr. Tranquillo believes that acupuncture in conjunction with massage therapy and chiropractic care go hand in hand. These Complimentary Therapies can help your horse maintain a high efficiency of health, or aid them in a faster recovery from illness.

What to expect at an acupuncture appointment?
Dr. Tranquillo will take a thorough history from you and ask many questions to obtain necessary information to allow her to learn more about your horse and their condition. Once a Chinese diagnosis is made, Dr. Tranquillo will create an acupuncture point prescription and place needles to help restore a harmonious flow of Qi and Blood throughout your horse. Each needle summons or permits energy from one pathway to another and energetic disturbances are corrected. The patient in effect, heals itself.

During treatment, horses can go through various responses to needle placement. They may initially be apprehensive, followed by a deep, almost sedative relaxation. Most horses tolerate it well and enjoy it very much. They begin to know what positive effect is coming as soon as the veterinarian approaches them. The actual treatment time will last between 10 and 30 minutes depending on the horse’s diagnosis. Recommendations will be made for exercise, but it is not recommended to ride the horse after acupuncture treatment. The frequency and duration of treatment will be tailored at each appointment based on the horse’s presentation.

What common conditions can acupuncture treat?

  • Laminitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Performance issues
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Acute Inflammation
  • Reproductive conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Immune problems
  • Ringbone
  • Navicular
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
  • Neurological dysfunction
  • Behavioral issues and nervousness
  • Stress
  • Respiratory, urinary and skin conditions