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  1. #1
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    Default Acupuncture

    to treat Cushings?
    Anyone tried this as treatment?
    My boarder has a young horse who was recently diagnosed with Cushings, and in the course of gathering information a holistic vet who practises in our area suggested acupuncture.
    I know acupuncture is a valid treatment option for many conditions but I have not heard of using it to treat Cushings so I am wondering if anyone has tried it.
    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.



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    I'd consider it in addition to, versus instead of conventional therapy.
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.



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    Interesting.
    My holistic vet suggested one of Dr. Jing Tang's chinese formulas (Ophiopogon), to use in addition to Prascend.
    I don't know if I'll try it or not. Sometimes nuts and berries, herbal stuff, worries me. But I do try to be open about such things.
    I might give it a go if I heard of more people's experiences with it.

    Ghazzu, your opinions mean a great deal to me and I appreciate hearing them.



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    I found a DIY acupressure site online and the points suggested for Cushings seemed to be those that helped the immune system.

    I use a woman for acupuncture/chiropractic who is also a vet and she probably does these points along with whatever else my horse needs.



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    Except for perhaps suppressing the immune system, Cushings hasn't much to do with it. It isn't a result of suppressed immune system.

    Ghazzu's option covers all bases, especially the basic one.
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.



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    Quote Originally Posted by merrygoround View Post
    Except for perhaps suppressing the immune system, Cushings hasn't much to do with it. It isn't a result of suppressed immune system.

    Ghazzu's option covers all bases, especially the basic one.
    Cushings weakens the immune system, making the horse susceptible to problems a healthy horse can fight off. The acupuncture points can strengthen the immune system (ST 36 is a much-used point in humans and animals).



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