Acupuncture Patches for Horses
Would you prefer to use bute… or a drug-free alternative?
Wouldn’t it be great to find a source of drug-free pain relief for our horses? Well that’s exactly what we have in Icewave® patches, which stimulate acupuncture points to reduce pain and inflammation. I use these non-transdermal patches in sessions where the horse is in such pain it makes bodywork uncomfortable. I use them for acute back pain or when it’s impossible to hold a foreleg up due to pain in the opposite shoulder or foot – after patching, the horse allows me to work as I normally would.
It’s remarkable to watch a horse after the patches are applied. The response is often almost instant – the eyes close, the breathing depends and the head drops. Some horses even start yawning. I can then work easily to resolve the problems that are causing the pain in the first place. The patches are left on afterwards, so they continue to work on the meridians for a few days, further reducing inflammation and giving the body opportunity to recover.
Any horse owner can use these – for example, just think how they can help with a horse with an abscessing hoof. I keep a packet in the fridge in case I need an easy source of pain relief for the horses (not to mention the dog and myself!) Icewave® patches help with pain and inflammation and there will often by certain longer term therapeutic benefits from stimulating acupuncture points. However, you shouldn’t use these in place of veterinary attention or bodywork support.
Contact me if you’d like further info or would like to try a sample. Or, you can click on the ‘buy now’ link to purchase a pack straightaway.
What are They?
IceWave® patches are referred to by their manufacturer as an acupuncture product for mild stimulation of acupuncture points without the needle. They’re made from a mixture of patent-pending amino acids, sugars, water, oxygen and organics applied to applied to a polyester fabric and sealed within a polymer shell. Applied to the skin or coat, they are hypoallergenic and non-transdermal, meaning nothing enters the skin. They are applied to transfer reflect heat back into the body and to mildly stimulate the points.
How They Work
Many people are now used to the idea that infrared and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) are helpful in temporarily relieving pain. These patches operate in a similar way to infrared wraps, socks, bandages, blankets, etc.
How do they do this? Many naturally occurring materials – silicon dioxide, titanium, aluminum oxide, several forms of carbon, jade, various organic compounds and water – are also capable of reflecting or filtering the infrared light produced by the body. The organic materials in Icewave patches act like small mirrors or reflectors, in a similar way to the ceramic fibres found in infrared products. They have liquid crystal properties that are also similar to those of cell proteins. These organic molecules reflect narrow-band frequencies back into the body (unlike laser or infrared devices, which emit or reflect wide-band frequencies). No extra energy is produced – it’s all reflected back from that of the living body. Additionally, the patches operate in another way, by creating small magnetic fields which also stimulate the points.
A government research scientist explains the pain reduction effect further: “When the frequency is right, you can get deeper penetration of the heat. Warm up the tiny nerve endings at the acupuncture points and they will signal to the spinal cord. The spinal cord sends a message to the brain – “hey, something’s happening” – and at the same time sends an inhibitory signal to the associated pain centre. The inhibitory signal leads to the acute pain being numbed somewhat, so the animal can still function if it needs to run away.”
And all this is before we start contemplating the benefits of acupuncture on the living organism!
These published studies are concerned with the effectiveness of Lifewave patches used on horses and people.
Infrared Thermal Imaging Quantifies the Efficacy of IceWave® Patches in Musculoskeletal Pain Relief in Horses by Derock, L., in Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 30 (1), 2011.
Responsiveness of Horses to Biofrequency Modulation after Acupuncture Palpation by Derock, L., in Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 24, 2005.
Nanoscale Wearable Devices Reduce Qualitative and Quantitative Measures of Neuromuscular Pain by Homer Nazeran, H. and Haltiwanger, E., in International Journal of Medical Implants and Devices, Vol. 5 (2), 2011.
|Reducing inflammation after kick to point of shoulder.