Acupuncture and complete medicine in the racehorse

The use of complementary medicine continues to increase in use in veterinary practice.

As seen in human sports medicine, acupuncture and other complementary therapies have become
increasingly recognised and effective adjuvants for improved performance and prevention of injury.

In the equine athlete, acupuncture has become recognised as an effective and valuable tool to prevent, treat and manage musculoskeletal conditions. Since acupuncture is a safe therapy with minimal detrimental side effects, and mostly well tolerated in the horse, this therapy can complement conventional veterinary medicine while still complying with prohibited substance policies.