Laser Acupuncture on Horses with COPD

Dr. med vet Uwe Petermann, prakt Tierarzt, Akupunktur, Germany

 105 horses with extreme COPD were treated exclusively using laser acupuncture. No other medicinal or alternative therapy was administered. All patients had been treated previously over a lengthy period (3 months – 10 years) with convensional therapies such as cortisone, clenbuterol, drugs for secretion-removal, hyperinfusion, inhalation and so on without success. The acupuncture lasers were infrared pulsed lasers used were infrared pulsed lasers with 60 and 90 watt peak pulse power with an impulse width of 200nsec. As pulsed frequencies, those from NOGIER and BAHR (between 100 and 10000 Hz) were used. The horses were treated 4 – 12 times on each point for 30 sec. (1 case 29 times, on average 6.5 times). The interval between treatments was 4 – 7 days. In most of the patients (n = 79) a clear spontaneous reaction could already be seen during the first session. The horses were able to breath deeper and remove secretion in a manner similar to that of infusion therapy. 15 patients that had not improved after 3 or 4 treatments, were treated by laser on marked points by their owners every day for 2 – 3 weeks with a 30mW continuous laser, 30 sec. on each point. After conclusion of the treatment, 73 horses appeared to have cured. In other words there was no more coughing, no more difficulty in breathing; the respiratory tract was clean and showed no signs of inflammation. The horses seemed to be in excellent physical condition. 17 horses were much better and had no more problems with their stamina, but sometimes had a slight cough while being ridden. 11 horses were also better than before and could be ridden but their stamina was not completely restored and they were still coughing so that the result was not deemed satisfying. Only four horses showed no signs of improvement following the treatment. The results show clearly that acupuncture as a vegetative regulating therapy is outstandingly suitable in countering allergic reaction disorders. This is all the more noteworthy considering that all patients had a very long history of highly chronic illness and in all cases had been treated intensively often over a period of years. The results of this study should help spark the debate as to whether one should look at this form of therapy with less scepticism and greater attention in the future. This is all the more so as it represents, when correctly applied, a substantial enrichment of the whole medical spectrum.

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