TCVM for horses is becoming more and more popular.
Horse owners are learning that the Eastern methods helping humans also help their horses.
TCVM for Horses: Will it Help?
Do you ever feel like your horse has health problems unresolved by traditional Western medicine?
When Drs. Marc Smith and Casey Damron, co-founders of PET | TAO and practicing veterinarians, went back to school to learn Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), they sought solutions for their clients.
Western veterinary medicine treats the symptom, not the problem.
TCVM benefits animals of all shapes and sizes, but particularly horses.
How can TCVM benefit your horse?
1. TCVM Helps Sporting Horses Without Drugs
Because the equine sporting industry frowns upon pharmaceuticals, Chinese herbal medicine is an excellent treatment option.
For example, the following herbs gently treat many maladies:
- Ginseng – Fatigue
- Chamomile – Calming
- Garlic – Antibiotic
- Arnica – Anti-inflammatory
Herbs for horses are increasingly popular among competing sport animals undergoing drug testing for banned substances.
Additionally, TCVM treatments, such as acupuncture, manage chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal problems, such as back injuries.
2. TCVM Provides Gentle Options for Difficult to Treat Horses
As herbivores, horses ingest herbs and plants while they graze in the field.
TCVM provides owners with a gentle, natural option for horses with needle aversion.
Some horses don’t respond to all medicines or therapies.
Eastern herbs for horses are effective because veterinarians apply them alone or in conjunction with other modalities.
For example, a horse with arthritis may not respond well to anti-inflammatory medications or injections.
However, many horses respond favorably to chiropractic medicine, one of the five tenets of TCVM.
In fact, all animals with nervous systems, such as dogs, cats and rabbits, benefit from chiropractic medicine.
3. TCVM Provides Scientifically Proven Health Benefits
According to a study recently published in the journal Stem Cells, electro-acupuncture releases healing stem cells.
The study, led by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, used humans, horses and rodents.
With electro-acupuncture, the pressure points stimulate the autonomic nervous system in the brain, releasing reparative stem cells from different tissue sources.
Veterinary acupuncture continues to grow to popularity.
Since 1993, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society grew from 800 certified members to 1,800.
Looking for more holistic ways to improve health of your horses and livestock?