Acupressure for Equine Allergies
No allergy series on The Naturally Healthy Horse would be complete without the mention of my favorite holistic modality–acupressure. So here it is!
Just to recap, a few weeks ago, I wrote about Nutritional Support for Equine Allergies, and the following week, Essential Oils for Equine Allergies–if you didn’t catch those posts, I recommend reading them as well if you’re dealing with equine allergies of any sort.
If we again go back to the Eastern medical definition of allergies–‘an imbalance within the immune system’–the goal is then to find a way to restore that balance, right? Well, that’s what acupressure is all about–strengthening the immune system and bringing the body back into balance naturally. So to me, after examining the diet and making any necessary changes, acupressure is the next logical step to take.
What I love about acupressure is that it’s completely non-invasive, anyone can learn to do it, and most horses respond to it really well. It’s also a great way to strengthen your bond with your horse.
(And by the way, if you’re still a little skeptical about acupressure and/or acupuncture, check out this article discussing a study on these mysterious acu-points showing up on CT scans.)
There are specific acu-points that can be used for allergies in horses. Each of these five points will benefit the immune system and help to restore balance:
And for your viewing pleasure, I also made a video showing the anatomical locations of the acu-points. (Thank you to my seven-year-old son for videoing!)
(By the way, I forgot to mention here that Bladder 13–which you use as a starting point to find Bladder 17–is found just behind the shoulder blade.)
I would advise finding an acupressure practitioner or a vet trained in acupuncture to work on your horse if you’re dealing with a severe or chronic case. But for milder conditions and/or in between visits, you can always support your horse by using these acupressure points yourself. Usually every 3-7 days is optimal between sessions.
Also, if you’d like to learn more about equine acupressure, I recommend these books: