Horner & Nash is pleased to announce that we now offer acupuncture to our equine patients. Dr. Carly Whittal received her training in acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Florida.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture may be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a therapeutic hemostatic effect. The specific point on the body is called an acupuncture point. Research shows the acupoints are located in the areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Studies have shown that stimulation of acupoints induce release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Thus, acupuncture for pain relief is well supported by these scientific studies.

What does Acupuncture treat in the horse?

  • Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, arthritis, degenerative joint disease
  • Neurological disorders: laryngeal hemiplegia (roarer), facial and radial nerve paralysis, post-EPM treatment
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, constipation and impaction
  • Chronic conditions: anhidrosis (non-sweater), heaves, asthma, cough, behavioral problems, cushing’s disease, infertility, geriatric weakness, and skin problems
  • Performance enhancement and prevention of disease