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Xie's Veterinary Acupuncture

Xie's Veterinary Acupuncture 
by Huisheng Xie and Vanessa Preast 
Wiley-Blackwell, 2007

A clinical assistant professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, Huisheng Xie specializes in the use of acupuncture as control for colic pain in horses. He lectures internationally on veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine.

A contributor to many scientific publications and textbooks, including Equine Acupuncture, Xie co-authored and co-edited this comprehensive reference on the basic principles, techniques and clinical application of veterinary acupuncture with small animal acupuncturist Vanessa Preast.

Since almost all the serious literature on the subject is written in Chinese, this English language textbook makes traditional acupuncture and herbal medicine techniques used in Chine for thousands of years much more accessble to Western practitioners. 

Unlike Western medical systems, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is based largely on observations rather than controlled studies. The editors caution readers to pursure formal training and certification before applying the techniques described in their book.

"Learning TCVM requires a shift in perspective," they point out. "In general, conventional Western medicine believes in control, and traditional Chinese medicine believes in balance; WVM is more mechanistic and TCVM is more energetic. Western medical practitioners analyze a disease process to discover its specific, fundamental, physical cause, whether this is an infectious agent, an enzymatic defect, or a toxic insult. By better understanding the functions of the physical body all the way down to a cellular or molecular level one can target the abnormality and better control the disease process."

In addition to a basic introduction to meridians and acupuncture points, this text offers specific equine and canine "acupoints" and describes specific treatments for muskuloskeletal and neurological disorders, internal medicine, and acute conditions.

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Xie's Veterinary Acupuncture
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     Generally, the duration of acupuncture treatmemt is 10 to 30 minutes. Sometimes. however, for special cases such as colic, an acunpuncture needle may be retained in the point Jiang-ya for 3 hours. It is possible to leave a needle in the point for 1-3 weeks. For example, an equine practitioner may treat a hyperactive horse by leaving a staple in the Shenmen point in the ear for a couple of weeks. Magnetic balls or gold beads can be embedded into points for lifetime treatment of hip dysplasia or epilepsy in dogs.

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