McKee-Pownall Equine Services | Acupuncture

By: McKee-Pownal  09-12-2011

Many people have heard of acupuncture for humans, and may have used it themselves.  Equine acupuncture was the very first veterinary medicine, and has been in use for about 2,000 years.  In the past 30 years, acupuncture has become more popular in North America and has been heavily researched.  There are now significant amounts of science behind acupuncture, explaining why and how acupuncture works.

Acupuncture involves inserting needles at specific points on the body (acupoints), where there are increased numbers of nerve endings, blood vessels and lymphatics to help alleviate pain and target specific conditions.  Inserting needles at the specified points stimulates these nerve endings, sending a message to the brain to interrupt pain or send different hormones and chemicals to the body. 


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