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Laser Acupuncture

Equine laser acupuncture is a therapeutic technique that involves the application of laser light to specific acupuncture points on horses. Acupuncture has been a traditional Chinese medicine practice for centuries, and equine laser acupuncture modernizes this approach by incorporating advanced laser technology. During a session, low-level laser beams are directed at specific points on the horse's body, stimulating energy flow and promoting natural healing processes. The lasers used in equine acupuncture are non-invasive and emit low-level light that penetrates the skin without causing discomfort. This alternative therapy is believed to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance overall well-being in horses. 

Laser Acupuncture for horses

Benefits of Laser Acupuncture

Equine laser acupuncture is associated with several potential benefits for horses:

  1. Pain Management: Laser acupuncture may help alleviate pain in horses, whether it's associated with musculoskeletal issues, injuries, or chronic conditions. The laser stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain relievers.

  2. Reduced Inflammation: The therapy is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects, which can be beneficial in managing conditions involving inflammation, such as arthritis or soft tissue injuries.

  3. Enhanced Healing: Equine laser acupuncture is thought to promote natural healing processes by improving blood circulation and increasing the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to damaged tissues. This can contribute to faster recovery from injuries.

  4. Improved Mobility: Horses suffering from stiffness or reduced mobility may benefit from laser acupuncture, as it can relax muscles and joints, enhancing flexibility and range of motion.

  5. Stress Reduction: The gentle and non-invasive nature of laser acupuncture may help reduce stress and anxiety in horses. This is particularly relevant in situations such as competition or during recovery from illness.

  6. Complementary Therapy: Equine laser acupuncture is often used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional veterinary treatments. It can be integrated into a comprehensive healthcare plan to address a variety of health issues.

  7. Non-Invasiveness: Unlike traditional acupuncture, laser acupuncture is non-invasive as it doesn't involve needles. This makes it more tolerable for horses that may be sensitive to needle-based therapies.

  8. Customization: Laser acupuncture allows for precise targeting of specific acupuncture points, enabling a tailored approach to address the unique health needs of each horse.

  9. Enhanced Performance: Some horse owners and trainers believe that regular laser acupuncture sessions contribute to overall well-being and may positively impact a horse's performance, particularly in competitive settings.

"Panta Rhei - Everything flows!" – Heraclitus

More about (Laser-) Acupuncture:

Rooted in ancient wisdom, Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic healthcare system that has evolved over thousands of years. It encompasses a range of practices, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage (tui na), and dietary therapy. TCM views the body as a dynamic system where the flow of Qi (vital life force energy) along meridians maintains health. Balancing Yin and Yang forces, addressing obstructions of Qi, and harmonizing the body's elements are fundamental principles guiding TCM. This comprehensive approach seeks to promote wellness by restoring balance and vitality to the mind, body, and spirit. It is applicable to any being and has been adapted to many animals, including equines.


As mentioned, equine acupuncture focuses on balancing Qi, the vital force energy that flows through the meridian system of every body. By inserting thin needles, or in this case using an acupuncture laser, specific acupuncture points can be stimulated. Its aim is to bring the energy system back into optimal balance and restore the unobstructed flow of Qi throughout the body. It can help alleviate a spectrum of conditions, from musculoskeletal issues and stress reduction to optimizing performance, supporting digestive health, and much more. I especially love using laser-acupuncture in combination with osteopathy because the two modalities complement and support each other beautifully.

During a comprehensive laser-acupuncture session, I conduct a thorough anamnesis, involving extensive questions for you as the animal's guardian. Additionally, I observe the horse's physical and mental state, palpating specific areas and points on the body to gather essential data for devising the most effective treatment plan based on the observed conditions. Addressing longstanding issues typically requires multiple acupuncture sessions, often scheduled every 2-3 weeks to restore stability to the body's system. The frequency may vary depending on the case and is also dependent on whether or not it is combined with osteopathy sessions.

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