Used in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine, equine acupuncture has been proven effective in treating a variety of conditions, from musculoskeletal problems to gastrointestinal and respiratory issues.

At Carolina Equine Hospital, we are privileged to have a veterinarian with specialized training in this field. Dr. Julia Shanahan trained at the Chi Institute of Veterinary Acupuncture in Florida and has experience using acupuncture and herbal therapy to treat a variety of conditions.

How Can Acupuncture Help my Horse?

Acupuncture can effectively help treat the following conditions:

Musculoskeletal Problems

  • Lameness
  • Muscle soreness
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Disc problems
  • Laminitis
  • Sports-related injuries, including tendons and ligaments, muscle, joint, and bone injuries

Gastrointestinal Issues

  • Diarrhea
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Gastric Ulcers

Respiratory Problems

  • Recurrent airway obstruction (heaves)
  • Asthma
  • Cough

Other Conditions

  • Cushing’s disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Anhidrosis (not sweating). 
  • Renal Failure
  • Skin Problems

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture can assist the body in healing itself by creating specific physiological changes. It can also stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins and cortisol. 

During an assessment, the vet will thoroughly examine your horse to determine if acupuncture can help and to locate specific points for acupuncture therapy. Treatment can include the insertion of very fine solid needles, the application of heat (known as Moxibustion), aquapuncture (fluids injected at insertion points), or electrical stimulation.

Consult Our Vet Team About Acupuncture for Your Horse

To see if your horse could benefit from acupuncture, schedule an appointment with one of our vets. Contact us at 336-349-4080 or schedule an appointment online


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