Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years - both in Asia, and also in Egypt and other cultures. Needles were first made of bone, then stone and shell, and then metals such as silver and gold. Traditional acupuncture is based on the Chinese 5-Element theory. Equine acupuncture performed by Dr. Joanna Robson is demonstrated in the video at right. Watch the video to learn more about equine acupuncture.
How many treatments does my horse need?
--depending on the condition being treated, from 1-8 treatments is average. Most horses benefit from at least one treatment, but chronic conditions may require ongoing therapy.
How long do you leave the needles in?
on average, 20 minutes, though some horses need only a few minutes of stimulation, while others like the needles left in up to an hour!
Are there risks?
Acupuncture needles are solid, and very small. Risks of infection as with vaccinations are minimal. Needles can break off, but this is rare, and acupuncture as a whole is significantly safer than most other treatments.
Do you use the needles more than once?
No, needles are sterile, and are only used for one patient. They are then discarded in a proper biohazard container for incineration.
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