I have only read one book on acupuncture: “The Web That Has No Weaver.” However, I learned from that book that applying a treatment to reestablish normal energy flow when a body is unbalanced brings healing.
It seems like all medicine practiced over the centuries involves correcting something wrong. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, acupuncture, massage, and even psychiatry try to fix what has become broken. While this is essential, preventing disease is a relatively new concept with scientific backup.
There are very good complementary medicine practitioners in horses with acceptable results, with some having better results than western medicine. But like western medicine, eastern medicine, at least in my limited experience with it, doesn’t discuss nutrition and relieving stress in horses to promote health. If you find a qualified veterinarian good with any complimentary treatment modality, use them if warranted and if success is achieved. I am NOT willing to divide veterinary medicine into opposing forces of western versus eastern versus holistic/naturopathic (or any other therapy) approaches. Rather, I believe all approaches should be addressed in treatment to find what works for our horses.
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