Focus For Training: An Acupressure Approach
By Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis, Authors of Equine Acupressure: A
We are all so busy these days, even our horses
are busy. They sense our state of mind and feel our stress level sometimes
making it difficult to attain the right level of synchronicity for
a productive training session. Finding a way to minimize the time
and energy needed to bring you and your horse into the right frame
of mind to maximize training would be beneficial for both of you.
The ancient healing art and science
of acupressure is an excellent vehicle for aligning the rider’s
and the horse’s mindset and energy. It is easy to include a
brief acupressure session whilst completing the grooming regime prior
to beginning training. The few minutes you spend offering acupressure
will help you both “start on the same foot,” so to speak,
which is always a good idea.
Acupressure for Focus
The first step is to center your own thoughts and energy so that your
mind is not dashing in all directions and you are not carrying your
“burdens” and transferring them to your horse. One method
of releasing extraneous thoughts and energy is to breathe. Inhale
slowly filling your chest, hold your breath momentarily, then exhale
adding a little force as if you are pushing your breath out and away
from you. Repeat this breathing technique three to six times until
you feel more relaxed and clear of mind.
Once your mind feels open and your stress has
dissipated, look at your wondrous horse and imagine what a focused
and perfect training session you are going to have together today.
Stroke his back a few times and take a moment to envision how enriched
and productive a time you are going to share.
Now you are ready to begin your acupressure
session. The following acupressure points, called “acupoints,”
have been selected to enhance training by calming and clearing your
horse’s mind so your horse can pay attention to what you want
him to do. (Refer to the acupressure chart below.)
Yin Tang Point is located on the midline of the horse’s head
just above the level of the eyes, in the “third-eye” position.
This point is one of the classic acupoints used specifically to draw
mental energy into focus.
Heart 7 (Ht 7), Shen Men (Spirit’s Gate)
– This point is known to calm the horse’s spirit as well
as strengthen and clear the brain. Ht 7 is located just above the
“wrist” (carpus) on the forelimb, toward the back of the
Pericardium 6 (Pe 6), Nei Guan (Inner Gate)
– Pe 6 supports the bonding process by allowing the animal to
reduce pretense and build trust. Additionally, this acupoint clears
the mind and calms the spirit while enhancing the smooth flow of energy
throughout the horse’s body. Pe 6 is located on the foreleg
on the front side of the chestnut right in the middle of the length
of the chestnut.
Bai Hui, (Heavens Gate or Point of 100 Meetings),
is a classic point for animals and is located at the lumbosacral junction
where it feels like a little trampoline and there are no spinous processes
sticking up on the horse’s dorsal midline. Many horses love
this point to be scratched and they often stimulate this point on
each other out in the paddock. The Bai Hui point relieves stress and
opens the mind.
Since the horse’s body is bilateral, we
suggest you hold these acupoints on both sides of your horse. Place
the soft tip of your thumb on each of these points in succession,
applying light pressure, and count to at least 30 slowly before releasing
an acupoint. Please put your other hand on the horse as well to fee
for any reactions. You will know if the horse is moving his energy
if he releases, these release can include: lowering of the head, yawning,
licking, passing air, and even falling asleep.
Whilst proceeding through this acupressure session
with your horse, just picture all the benefit you and your horse are
receiving from this session and the focused, productive training session
you are about to enjoy together.
Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis are the authors of:
Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual, Acu-Dog: A Guide To Canine Acupressure,
The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide To Canine Acupressure, and, Acu-Cat:
A Guide to Feline Acupressure. They founded Tallgrass Animal Acupressure
Institute offers hands-on and online training courses worldwide. Tallgrass
has learning tools: Books, DVDs, Meridian Charts, etc. Check their
website for details: www.animalacupressure.com
Applied Zoopharmacognosy and Horses
The first thing most people ask is how to pronounce Zoopharmacognosy
quickly followed by what does it mean. The word is a composite of
the ancient Greek words for animal (zoo), medicine (pharma) and knowing
(cognosy). The term refers to the process by which animals self
medicate in the wild. It is a behavioural science.
The practice of Applied Zoopharmacognosy for animals has since been
pioneered by the groundbreaking work of Caroline Ingraham. It refers
to the work by trained Ingraham professional practitioners such as
myself applying the principles of self selection when working with
animals in a domestic or captive environment. In such an environment
they may not be able to self medicate effectively due to lack of therapeutic
A trained Ingraham practitioner works by offering a range of plant
extracts, such as essential oils and herbal extracts to animals to
enable them to self select the remedy appropriate to their needs taking
into account the species and condition. This allows them the opportunity
to self medicate as they would have done in the wild. As well as case
studies and practicals, a practitioner is also trained in the science
of essential oils and pharmacology of the remedies.
Because horses are natural foragers and have a greater variety of
plants to forage, they have metabolic pathways which enable them to
process and breakdown the secondary metabolites found in medicinal
plants through their systems quickly. The therapeutic parts of essential
oils and herbs are mainly classed as secondary metabolites. In other
words horses are used to being able to detoxify most plants they forage
and they can therefore break down most essential oils fairly rapidly.
Applied Zoopharmacognosy can be particulary effective for horses and
enables a horse to self heal, not only by promoting the healing of
physical ailments but the remedies chosen can also help release emotional
trauma, as well as alleviating stress and eliminating vices. Some
essential oils work in a synergistic fashion and can help heal both
physical wounds as well as emotional, such as Yarrow Essential Oil
(Achillea Millefolium). As well as being a stong anti inflammatory
and anti histamic, this oil can also have a powerful effect on behaviour
and emotional issues when chosen. Yarrow is often a favourite with
horses and it is interesting to note that it was once used extensively
to treat the wounds of both horse and human in the battlefileds of
old. Perhaps horses have an inbuit recognition of the oil.
I have worked with many horses and it never ceases to amaze me how
they intinctively know what is right for them. When working with horses
it is not unusual to get the attention of the other horses in the
herd, even if you have penned them off (which is recommended so you
don't get mugged for your rose hip shells - which I have found is
another horsey favourite). This scenario happened to me whilst working
with a horse in the South of France in a round pen. No sooner was
I half way through the session than his friend Molly, a mule, stuck
her head over the pen. She was really interested in Lavender Essential
Oil (Lavandula Officinalis), at first this interest baffled me but
then I noticed she had a small open wound on her poll which the care
giver thought was possibly from sweet itch (NB. A zoopharmacognosist
does not diagnose). We therefore packed the wound with green clay
powder (a great wound powder/poultice) mixed with a bit of Lavender
Oil and by morning the wound had healed. Lavender has been used as
a disinfectant throughout the years in hospital wards, and from a
zoopharmacognosy viewpoint this oil not only stimulates the regeneration
of skin tisues, but also works well as an insect repellant and wound
disinfectant. It does not suprise me that Molly knew what she wanted,
what does suprise me is that I never cease to be in awe of an animals
innate ability to heal themselves, even though I have witnessed it
it many times in my work.
Another horse I worked with in Sussex UK, a 29 year old Irish Cob
named Seamus was very run down, a bit stiff and and possibly arthritic,
and his care giver was rightly concerned. Seamus selected the following:
Yarrow (anti inflammatory,anti histamine, cell regenerating and analgesic)
German Chamomile (antihistaminic/anti inflammatory)
Licorice Root (anti inflammatory)
Rosehip Shells (supports immune function, cell regeneration, collagen
Peppermint (anti inflammatory/nerve damage).
After a few days he no longer selected the oils or rose hip shells
and the care giver was delighted with his turnaround. The next time
she rode him she could not believe the difference. He was like a young
Once an animal has selected its range of preferred oils or remedies,
which can range from one to several, the animal’s care giver
can then continue to offer the oils as long as the animal continues
to select them. In the case of Molly the Mule, she only needed the
oil for the wound, and has since not selected Lavender again. For
other animals with other ailments they may continue to select their
remedies for longer periods until no longer required; the animal always
guides you. Another point to add is that although an animal may display
similar ailments, this does not necessarilly mean they will select
the same remedy. Never assume. Each animal is unique.
The key with Applied Zoopharmacognosy is that the animal must always
be offered the remedy for self selection. It is important that the
animal is able to chose the route of administration (inhalation, ingestion,
sublingual, or topically for wounds) and dosage. A remedy must never
be forced on an animal or put in its feed. Not to be confused with
aromatherpay, a trained practitioner does not diagnose, dose, treat
Note: Self medication only works if the animal has
the choice not to select the remedy. Never put secondary compounds
in feed. Not to be confused with Aromatherapy; Zoopharmacognosy works
on ethological observations rather than medical diagnoses.
For more information please visit my website www.starandruby.com.
To train as a practitioner please visit www.ingraham.co.uk
Eleanor Goold, Star & Ruby Animal Therapy
Diploma in Applied Zoopharmacogonosy (Equine & Small Animals),
Diploma in Canine Massage Therapy.
What is the Bowen
The Bowen technique is a gentle remedial therapy which stimulates
the body to rebalance itself and promotes healing, pain relief and
recovery of energy.
How did it get its name?
Tom Bowen was born in 1916 in Brunswick, Australia. He treated the
aches and pains of the people with whom he worked in the cement works
and woollen mill in Geelong. He had a particular interest in bad backs.
In the 1960s, he opened his own clinic. During the 1970s, the Webb
Report (Australian Government Report into Complementary Therapies)
found that Tom Bowen was treating 13,000 people a year. He died in
The Bowen technique is now being taught to final year university students
of Osteopathy in Australia.
Bowen therapists treat people holistically. People present with a
wide range of aches and pains, injuries and health problems. There
are no contra--indications to treatment. However, Bowen therapists
will always advise people to consult their doctors if there is any
doubt over whether or not to treat. (The Bowen Technique is not intended
as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.)
that are often treated
Back pain, neck pain, headaches & migraine, frozen shoulder, tennis
elbow, RSI, respiratory problems, hay fever, kidney problems, high
blood pressure, arthritis, and knee pain.
Bowen can also be used for stress
management, fatigue and sleep problems.
What is the treatment
The treatment is gentle and therefore appropriate for everyone, from
new-born babies to the elderly and infirm. The therapist makes gentle
rolling movements over muscles, tendons and ligaments on the body,
mostly using their fingers and thumbs. No hard-tissue manipulation
or force is used.
Bowen treatment is not
usually mixed with other physical therapies, e.g. physiotherapy, osteopathy,
massage, chiropractic etc. A gap of 7 days should be allowed between
Bowen and any other physical therapy so that the subtle information
supplied to the body during a Bowen session can be processed.
Treatment usually takes
from 30 to 45 minutes and can be performed through light clothing.
After treatment, the patient will be advised to drink lots of water
to help their recovery.
Bowen for horses
Tom Bowen treated race horses and other animals. There are now many
equine therapies who have adapted their knowledge of Bowen to treat
horses, incorporating ither useful moves to provide a unique therapy.
Equine Touch and Equine Tension Release Therapy are two that include
some elements of Bowen Therapy.
This information is sourced from
website, with thanks.
Cranio Sacral Therapy
There are so many types of alternative therapies
available to help heal our horses. Each month I will feature one in
detail to help readers make an appropriate choice when looking for
therapies to support traditional veterinary medicine. Always seek
a veterinary opinion if your horse appears ill in any way.
What is CranioSacral Work?
CranioSacral Work combines sensitive and hands-on bodywork with meditative
use of the inner eye and inner ear. Techniques are drawn from three
traditions: osteopathy, energy work and Taoism. A supremely gentle
approach, it is a way of "doing non-doing." It honors both
the physiological understanding of how things happen and the intuitive
perceptions of how things really are. Equine CranioSacral Work is
very effective in the treatment of certain conditions of the horse.
The technique seems to work very deeply in the body. The reason for
this is because one is working directly with the central nervous system.
CranioSacral Work, which originated from the work of osteopath Dr.
William Sutherland DO, in the early 1900's was originally called 'craniopathy'
and was derived from osteopathy. It was later called 'CranioSacral
Therapy' by Dr. John Upledger, DO from the Upledger Institute, and
'Visionary CranioSacral Work' by Dr. Hugh Milne, from The Milne Institute.
Now the work is being taken over to the equine world with much success.
The Equine CranioSacral
System - "The Core Link"
The CranioSacral system of the horse is made up of several parts:
the bones of the cranium or the head, the sacrum or tailbone, and
the spinal column. CranioSacral work traditionally specialized in
the head, spine, and sacrum, but it is not limited to those areas,
nor is it limited to the physical. All of the following are considered
to make up the "Core Link." The spinal column is protected
by what is called the dural tube, which encases the spinal column.
The dural tube attaches at the foramen magnum, meaning 'large window'
in Latin. This 'window' allows the spinal column to exit the skull
through the large opening in the occipital bone, which forms the base
of the skull. The dural tube then attaches to cervical vertebra 2,
or C2, and free-floats through the length of the spinal column until
it attaches again at the second sacral segment of the sacrum, thus
attaching the head to the hind end, or the occiput to the sacrum.
Cerebral Spinal Fluid
(CSF) is produced in four ventricles (a series of connecting cavities)
of the brain. The job of CSF is to nourish the brain with nutrients.
It also acts as a protective mechanism for the brain and is a lubricant
for the tissue. CSF has the same pH balance as embryonic fluid and
salt water. The human body contains 150 milliliters of CSF; a horse
has about 200 milliliters.
Equine CranioSacral Work
uses sensitive and exact finger pressure. Pressures are exceedingly
gentle and there is no bone manipulation. The measurable amplitude
of the cranial wave (a discreet, muscular pulsation delivered by the
cranial bone) is between 40 microns to 1.5 mm. in movement according
to different authorities, less than half the thickness of dental paper.
The movement cannot be seen, but can be palpated in a meditative state.
The practitioner's or healer's challenge is thus to sense, listen
to, and finally to interpret a very discreet movement.
The cranial rhythm (the
rhythm of the cranial waves) is said to cycle between 8-14 cycles
per minute and can be palpated anywhere on the body. The cranial rhythm
is different from that of the heartbeat and the respiratory rate.
Connecting head to tail
Twists, similar to that of a telephone cord, can occur in the dural
tube affecting the cranial wave and creating an imbalance in the horse's
body. A head injury can affect the hind end and a hind end injury
can affect the head of the horse. The body then stops functioning
optimally, affecting the horse's performance, behavior, and sometimes
its nutritional intake.
Sutures, or joints between
the cranial bones, allow for movement and help disperse the impact
of a blow when an injury to the head occurs. Cranial bones, like all
bones, are alive, with a significant amount of blood supply making
them pliable. If they weren't, they would shatter on impact, like
a china plate.
When an injury or trauma
occurs, it gets 'stuck' in the tissue of the horse and is stored in
the cell memory of the tissue until released. Dr. Upledger calls this
injury an 'energy cyst'. Another term used by some is a 'psychotic
corner'. Dr. Hugh Milne refers to it as an 'archaic wound'.
A CranioSacral practitioner
is taught to sense any restrictions in the CranioSacral system. By
palpating the cranial wave on different areas of the horse, a practitioner
can tell where there is healthy movement or lack of movement. This
is similar to an acupuncturist palpating the flow of energy through
meridian pathways. The practitioner or healer learns specific hands-on
techniques to palpate the cranial wave anywhere on the horse's body.
Also learned are specific hands-on contacts for cranial bones and
the bones of the pelvis to treat different conditions of the horse,
thus assisting the body to correct itself. The body has an incredible
self-healing mechanism, and in the Equine CranioSacral Work, trained
practitioners are taught to listen to what the horse needs. The horse's
restrictions can come from a physical trauma of any kind, including
chemical, as well as an emotional or spiritual trauma. Each affects
When an injury or trauma
occurs, it gets 'stuck' in the tissue of the horse and is stored in
the cell memory of the tissue until released. Dr. Upledger calls this
injury an 'energy cyst'. Another term used by some is a 'psychotic
corner'. Dr. Hugh Milne refers to it as an 'archaic wound'. A CranioSacral
practitioner is taught to sense any restrictions in the CranioSacral
system. By palpating the cranial wave on different areas of the horse,
a practitioner can tell where there is healthy movement or lack of
movement. This is similar to an acupuncturist palpating the flow of
energy through meridian pathways. The practitioner or healer learns
specific hands-on techniques to palpate the cranial wave anywhere
on the horse's body. Also learned are specific hands-on contacts for
cranial bones and the bones of the pelvis to treat different conditions
of the horse, thus assisting the body to correct itself. The body
has an incredible self-healing mechanism, and in the Equine CranioSacral
Work, trained practitioners are taught to listen to what the horse
needs. The horse's restrictions can come from a physical trauma of
any kind, including chemical, as well as an emotional or spiritual
trauma. Each affects the other.
CranioSacral therapy can
help the following conditions:
Tension Release Therapy
( ETRT ) by Nola Cooke
ETRT is a treatment which aims to secure
long-lasting relief from mobilisation difficulties in horses.
Such difficulties can present in many different ways from purely musculo-skeletal
to the purely behavioural.
However the problem presents, it is usually pain based, and, in most
if not all cases, it is human induced; albeit, often unknowingly so,
holding patterns in horses that result from traumas, physical or otherwise,
can be established at any age, and for a great variety of reasons.
Sometimes the pain is real "here and now" pain, or pain
that is remembered or expected by the horse, either in a general sense
or in a locational, rider/trainer, equipment/tack, or circumstance-specific
Part of an ETRT treatment looks for the cause of the horses’
tension. Common problem areas are; feet being out of balance, teeth
in need of attention, poorly fitting saddles and stiffness in riders.
Equine Tension Release Therapy was developed in Victoria by Alistair
Brooks, who has treated over 3000 horses in Australia and overseas.
He treats Olympic horses down to "paddock potatoes"!
The therapy is his translation of Bowen and other treatments such
as Shiatsu and acupuncture, which have been used on humans and animals
in Asia over the last 5000 years.
I feel privileged to have trained under Alistair and qualified t practice
The treatment involves making moves with my hands across the muscles
at specific points, which ‘triggers’ the release of muscle
The whole horse is treated (in most cases), from his poll to the tip
of his tail and down to the hooves.
This form of gentle, holistic health care can and does relax and restore
the natural energy balance of the horse.
Releasing the muscle tension initiates the healing process by the
horse, allowing the pent up energy to once again circulate through
the body, thereby revitalising the entire horse, including the internal
For more information or to book your horse in for a treatment in Tasmania
or QLD ( which can include a complimentary human treatment) please
call: Nola Cooke 0407 27 33 77.
Essences for People and Pets
essences (remedies) are natural remedies that address negative emotions,
sometimes physical ailments, and help to bring about a more positive
mind-set. The healing properties of flower essences are made possible
through the life force, vibration of the flowers used.
The life force of different flowers are "in tune" with different
emotions with flower essences available to address a vast array of
emotions, such as depression and worry.
essences have a long history. The Egyptians and early Aboriginals
were among those who knew of the subtle healing properties of flowers.
However, it was an English general practitioner, Dr Bach, who "rediscovered"
them this century, introducing his now well known range of Bach remedies,
which includes the popular combination formula, “Rescue Remedy”.
Today there are flower essences available from a growing number of
companies to assist people (and animals!) with their health and healing.
essences can be purchased as dilute (dosage) or concentrate (stock)
strengths (these having a longer shelf life). Flower essences are
usually ingested however they can also be used in the bath, spray
bottles, added to gentle creams / oils or even rubbed into the skin
e.g. over acupressure points As they are delicate, they are best kept
away from heat, light and radiation (eg emissions from computers,
televisions, mobiles/cell phones).
essences have no direct negative side-effects due to their ingredients
(unless one is allergic to alcohol, which most essences contain as
a preservative - if one is allergic to alcohol, first consult a professional
about possible safe ways to use essences.)
purpose of essences is to promote healing and personal growth and
the well-being these bring. For many people/animals taking essences,
the essences work in a subtle, often uplifting way. At times however,
they can connect one with the emotions they are addressing i.e. essences
working on a negative emotion (eg frustration) can, in the course
of shifting the emotion, sometimes bring the negative emotion “to
the surface” ie. the emotion can become felt or felt more obviously.
When intense this is called a “healing crisis” - symptoms
get stronger before they start to ease.
this indicates the essence is working, it can at times be uncomfortable
for the person/animal involved. It is fine at such times of heightened
emotions to stop taking the essence. When/if one is ready to continue
the healing process, the flower essence, or perhaps a different one,
can then be taken, maybe at a different dose. If in doubt how best
to proceed, an essence therapist can be consulted.
are usually taken several times a day. When the essence in question
is dealing with powerful emotions however, it is often best to just
take them upon retiring, so they can be assimilated during sleep as
this is less stimulating for the person/animal involved. In the case
of horses especially, it’s important not to give essences before
riding/exercising, but rather when the horse is resting eg evening.
The same applies to any animal who could pose a danger to themselves
or others if they become unsettled during the course of treatment,
as emotions are being dealt with, released, healed.
people may also find it beneficial to seek some form of counselling
while "working through" certain emotional issues (with a
flower essence therapist or another practitioner). Because they are
vibrational medicine, flower essences can generally be used with other
healing modalities, both natural and orthodox. If one is replacing
a pharmaceutical medicine with essences e.g. essences for depression
to replace an anti-depressant drug, it is however important to discuss
withdrawing from the medication in an appropriate way with one’s
important to recognise some emotional symptoms have a physical cause
eg. an illness can cause apathy, depression. Hence, common sense should
always be used! Flower essences should not replace important medical
attention, so always seek a medical practitioner / therapist when
Flower essences are becoming
increasingly recognised as an invaluable way to achieve greater health
and happiness. By dissolving and alleviating negative emotions and
emotional patterns, essences naturally enhance one’s sense of
wellbeing. If health is the sum total of a healthy mind, body and
spirit, flower essences then play a remarkable role in promoting and
maintaining the health of ourselves and the animals in our lives!
The Flower Essence Center is an Australian company supplying flower
essences for people and pets via their web site: www.floweressences.com.au
(03) 57 872 258.
Medicine For Horses by Les Rees
Rees is a qualified practitioner of Natural Medicine for Horses and
has opened a practice here in Tasmania.
She is particularly interested in stress related disease in horses
and wrote her final assessment thesis on the subject. Stress can cause
a lot of physiological symptoms which, if left untreated can perpetuate
further behavioural problems in horses. But these symptoms can be
treated very effectively with herbal medicine, good nutrition and
a training regime that considers the natural learning behaviour of
Medicine is the practice of holistic medicine and mostly requires
more than one herb for the symptoms of disease. In Herbal Medicine
the body is considered as a whole, each of its systems working in
conjunction with the others in order to maintain a balance that keeps
the horse healthy. If one system is weakened by disease it affects
the other systems as they have to adapt their functioning to make
up for the weakened physiological reactions, therefore the medicines
used in treatments are aimed at the functioning of the whole body
and not just specific parts where symptoms appear.
chat room talk does not take this into consideration and can be not
only misleading but detrimental to the health of horses, further more
there are contraindications involved in the use of some herbs that
could be unsafe for use in some circumstances. A recent example of
this was a horse suffering from a chronic itching skin disorder causing
the horse to rub the area until it became raw.
The owner had spent a lot of time asking advice from friends on how
to deal with it and had spent a lot of money trying the various suggested
remedies none of which had accomplished any success. As a result,
the horse became stressed & difficult to handle due to the continued
use of various washes and creams tried that only aggravated the condition.
The reason being because, they could not work on their own.
needed a holistic approach which was to address both the external
and internal conditions to enable the healing of the whole body. Externally,
the affected area was washed with Chamomile tea followed by an application
of Chickweed & Calendula Cream.
Chamomile is a gentle soothing herb which contains nervine, sedative,
anti-allergy and digestive actions all of which are useful for this
problem. Chickweed has a vulnerary action which is excellent for the
healing of wounds especially for those associated with itching and
is the best herbal excellent antiseptic & anti-inflamatory.
the herbs Burdock, Yellow Dock, Cleavers, Vervain & Chamomile
were used to rebalance the systems of the body through their combined
has alterative, diuretic and bitter actions which cleanse the blood,
aids the removal of excess water in the body supports the functioning
of the kidneys and stimulates digestion all of which are important
for the treatment of skin conditions.
Dock has alterative & hepatic actions which aids the cleansing
of the blood and supports liver function by increasing the flow of
bile. It also aids evacuation of the bowels. Cleavers
has diuretic, alterative, anti-inflammatory & astringent actions
which cleanse the blood, supports kidney function, aiding the recovery
of inflamed tissues.
Vervain is a nervine which aids the reduction of stress in the body
caused by the constant itching.
The owner was also advised to include Sulpha, Garlic, Rosehips &
Kelp to the diet. Within two weeks there was a marked difference in
the horse and within a month the symptoms had disappeared altogether.
Possible causes of this condition included checking the paddock and
hay for undesirable weeds, change in diet, changes of paddock, availability
of clean water; types of cleaning agents used (Shampoo etc); fly attack
& stress related behaviour patterns etc.
the above example you can see how the holistic approach works and
how important it is to call in a qualified practitioner. It is not
advisable to use these herbs without professional advice since the
quantities used are finely balanced and can cause further problems
if given in high doses.
most common problem in horses is caused by wounds such as deep cuts
usually around moving joints where they can’t be sutured which
make it worrying for owners who envisage terrible scaring as a result.
However, a combination of herbal medicines can heal the worst of wounds
leaving very little scaring if any at all.
Horses respond extremely well to herbal medicine and it is relatively
inexpensive and easy to use.
cost around $50, plus the cost of herbal treatment.
is also a supplier of most herbal medicines including individual preparations
and packaged treatments, supplements and herbal first aid kits. For
advice, supplies and consultations call Les: Mobile: 0438 586 705.
Phone: (03) 6248 8552. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Jenny Pearce.
A background to homeopathic
guy called Hahnemann, in the 1800’s was the “father”
of homeopathic medicine. Many of the principles had been used for
thousands of years, but he was the one who “proved” homeopathic
medicine using a herb called China, that had been used to treat malaria
and other intermittent fevers, hemorrhage and gastro intestinal disturbances.
Officianalis was to Hahnemann what the falling apple was to Newton
– a massive light bulb moment. He took it as a perfectly healthy
person and GAVE HIMSELF THE SYMPTOMS OF MALARIA.
He formalised the knowing that “like treats like”. He
formalized the knowing that to treat a certain set of symptoms, you
could use a herb that GAVE you those symptoms if you were a well person.
This “light bulb moment” was the start of homeopathic
medicine as we know it today.
Hahnemann also formalized
what other practitioners of “alternative medicine” had
known for a long time - that the use of some herbs and drugs and over
use of others CAUSES health problems by suppressing the symptoms (driving
them underground so that they take another and usually more severe
and dangerous form).
Homeopathics were being
developed around the same time as modern medicinal drugs. The major
reason we don’t all use homeopathic medicine as our primary
form of health care is that drug companies cannot make big money out
of it. Because I can make it in my kitchen easily – just like
you can make some to combat your horse’s flu virus.
When combined with some
method of making sure that the right medicine is used at the right
dosage (such as I describe later in this article), homeopathic medicine
is incredibly effective and very consistent. That’s what we’re
doing here in this article – giving you a method of making sure
that you have the right medicine and the right dosage.
work by making you sick on purpose, by deliberately putting the energy
pattern of the SAME “sickness” that you are already experiencing,
INTO the body. Our bodies won’t allow two identical energy patterns
in the body at the same time. This is why vaccinations work.) Thus,
when we put in the “sickness” by taking the homeopathic
medicine drops that you can make with this article, the body has to
kick the other “sickness” out.
If we just put virus material
into our bodies for example, we could make ourselves pretty crook.
So we don’t do that - we put in an energetic version of the
is the method by which we have the ENERGY PATTERN of the sickness
without having the TOXICITY of it. One succussion is simply one “bang”
of the bottle –just against your hand is easiest.
The art is in knowing
how exactly WHICH medicine to take and how much medicine to take,
how much “sickness” to put in to the body in order to
JUST get healthy again – without taking too much or too little.
That’s what you’re going to use the pendulum for.
More than 4,000 years
after Egyptians began applying honey to wounds, it is now being sold
for regular wound care all over the world.
Called Medihoney, it is made from a highly absorbent seaweed-based
material, saturated with manuka honey, a particularly potent type
that experts say kills germs and speeds healing. Also called Leptospermum
honey, manuka honey comes from hives of bees that collect nectar from
manuka and jelly bushes in Australia and New Zealand.
Honey dressings and gels, as well as tubes of manuka honey, have been
gaining in popularity with scientific reports on their medical benefits
and occasional news accounts of the dramatic recovery of a patient
with a longtime wound that suddenly healed.
Regular honey can even have mild medicinal benefits but manuka honey
is far more potent, research shows.
The most important factor in any honey used for medicinal purposes
is that it should not have been heat treated like the honey we buy
for eating - people prefer it to be runny but heat treating to keep
it that way kills the active ingredients.
"It's been used on wounds where nothing else will work,"
said biochemist Peter Molan, PhD, a professor at the University of
Waikato in New Zealand who has researched honey and other natural
antibiotics for 25 years.
He's found manuka honey can kill the toughest bacteria even when diluted
10 times and recommends it especially for people with weak immune
"There's more evidence, clinical evidence, by far for honey in
wound treatment than for any of the pharmaceutical products"
for infection, Molan said. However, it won't work once an infection
gets in the blood. "It's not a miracle."
Honey has been used for healing wounds on horses with great results.
It is easy to apply (sticks well) and doesn't sting so horses tolerate
treatment better. It can be plastered on an open wound or bandaged
on more severe cuts and burns. It has proven to be especially helpful
at reducing the proud flesh that grows out of control as the flesh
over populates and stops the skin from covering properly. As you can
see from the photos above and below, honey heals quickly - this knee
injury which was a couple of weeks old and hadn't responded to other
treatments went from the size in the top photo to less than half the
size in ten days of daily treatment.
recently, hoof care professionals have discovered honey is excellent
for treating thrush. Here is
an outline of treatment provided by Chrisann Ware of Equethy:
Wash the hoof first with vinegar and water and use the same syringe
and tube to flush the gunk out of the hoof sulcus.
Then warm the honey in a tub or hot water and put it in the syringe
(cattle syringe where the needle would attach works best as they are
We get the tubing from
pet shops that sell supplies for fish tanks - the small tube that
they sell for air hoses is ideal but don't reuse it in case you are
spreading thrush from foot to foot.
Pass the tube as deep
into the sulcus as you can. You will be surprised how far it can go
in some horses with contracted frogs and heels it seems to go very
deep indeed. I think this is why most treatments don't work as they
don't get to the anaerobic bacteria in there.
You will know when you
have gotten the honey in deep and filled the sulcus as it often comes
out the back near the heels.Just wipe this excess that dribbles out
all over the frog and sole and put the horse in a boot for a while,
or if you don't have boots just tie it up on a clean concrete area
with some feed for 20 mins until the honey does its job. Its gets
absorbed quickly and doesn't remain sticky.
You can buy Manuka honey
in the large supermarkets and its much cheaper to do this than to
buy it from a specialty health food store. If you buy it from the
"medical" supplies it costs double what you pay for it in
the supermarket. If you can't get medi honey or its equivalent then
just ordinary honey from a local bee keeper is excellent too. We haven't
found any difference in the results both seem to work well.
To read a case study on treating a severe tendon wound with honey,
Light Therapy - How does it work?
The session will start
with a machine called a BioFind. The BioFind is a innovative, one-of-a-kind
tool for scanning the horse’s entire body. Whenever living tissue
is damaged or injured there is a change in the electrical resistance
in the tissue relative to the immediate area. The BioFind locates
these areas by reading the variances in electrical resistance in a
tissue. It creates a clear audio signal when it locates these compromised
areas so that the area can be marked with a crayon for treatment with
The BioPack is a powerful
therapeutic photonic light device which uses both infrared and super-luminous
red light for application on areas pinpointed by the BioFind.
Photonic light therapy
has been shown in over 40 years of independent research to deliver
powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissue such as bone, muscles,
tendons, nerves and joints as well as being beneficial in helping
wounds, cuts and scars.
What can Photonic
Light Therapy do?
* Stimulate cellular
* Relax muscles and
stimulates nerve transmission
* Stimulate acupuncture
points and immune response
* Provide relief of
minor pains and aches
* Provide an improved
range of motion
* Provide an increase
in local blood circulation
* Stimulate tissue
granulation and connective tissue projections, which are part of the
healing process of wounds, ulcers or inflamed tissue.
* Stimulate fibroblastic
activity which aids in the repair process.
* Increase RNA and
DNA synthesis. This helps damaged cells to be replaced more promptly.
* Increase vascularity
(circulation) by increasing the formation of new capillaries.
by: Tammy Woolley: Horsetorque - Ph: 0410 600 888
Photonic Light Therapy / Saddle Assesment
Treatments - Reiki
Reiki is an ancient ‘hands on’ healing energy that promotes
a natural healing in all living things. It is medically proven and
can reduce anxiety and restore the animal’s natural balance
physically, emotionally and mentally.
Recently I met Dianne from Animal Magic, who is a level 2 Reiki practitioner
with seven years of experience, practicing on her own pets (cats,
dogs and horses) as well as practicing natural animal care for most
of her life.
Her Reiki experience has been with a wide range of native, commercial
and domestic animals quite often spontaneously, on site at the time
of their injury.
Animals with shock symptoms respond very quickly to Reiki and it can
reduce secondary problems/infections and trauma to other areas of
the animal as they respond immediately to the treatment.
Animals intuitively understand and are very receptive to Reiki practitioners
and Reiki identifies through the practitioners hands, the areas requiring
the most healing. Reiki energy also goes on healing long after the
treatment has ended and because it heals the cause of the injury/sickness,
it reduces the use of long term medication.
Dianne’s 2 ponies, Stardust 32 and Sash 29, immediately understood
when Dianne had been attuned to Reiki and place themselves where they
want their daily treatment or to identify an area that requires additional
Reiki, combined with lots of walking for all types of colic has become
one of Dianne’s specialties who says the horse has a quick recovery
with less injury and more pain alleviated quickly and naturally.
As a complimentary therapy, Reiki can certainly do no harm and has
been shown to help diagnose areas of injury to assist treatment by
veterinarians. It can save time and money on nerve blocks traditionally
used to identify problem areas.
If you would like to find out more about Reiki or Dianne at Animal
Magic, phone her on 0363 931177.
Consciousness Interface Operations System (SCIO)
The 21st Century
has brought with it an environment that is highly polluted and a western
lifestyle that is highly complicated. Our bodies are becoming less
able to deal with the stress of living under such pressures, and often
reacts with vague conditions such as poor immune systems, depression,
emotional imbalances, insomnia, behavioural issues, aches/pains, increasing
food intolerances and much more.
The SCIO biofeedback device called the Scientific Consciousness Interface
Operations System (SCIO) is an extremely sophisticated and intelligent
way of combining many energetic disciplines into one session with
the greatest of ease, grace, fun, love and kindness.
WHY IS THE SCIO CONSIDERED
CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY?
The system is extremely comphrensive and is able to work on many aspects
at the one time. It can analyse and measure thousands of points in
the body in minutes. The impact of a SCIO session is the speed and
accuracy of detecting the stress and balancing the body through stress
reduction. This offers an understanding of your body’s possible
needs, dysfunctions and vulnerabilities.
The information includes stress biofeedback
on your physical, emotional, psychological, social, spiritual and
environmental aspects. This in turn offers a more complete view of
each facet of your health and lifestyle choices.
HOW DOES THE SCIO WORK?
The SCIO indicates what remedies (homeotherapeutics) would benefit
the being for reduction of stress and sends a similar frequency/vibration
back to that being. This in turn reduces the stress blockages and
enables the body’s natural healing process to work more effectively.
The client just needs to sit/lie down and just
enjoy the session. Once the session is complete the homeotherapeutics
are harnessed into pilis or drops. They are then given to the client
to take home in order to continue their healing process.
HOW LONG IS THE SESSION?
The session lasts for 90-120 minutes and is tailor made to the individual
It draws on many modalities energetically such as nutrition, chakra
balancing, aura cleansing, organ/vertebral corrections, hormone balances,
viral/bacterial/worm/fungal imbalances, emotions, DNA therapy, flower
essences, hormone balancing, acupunture and so much more.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A SCIO
The SCIO biofeedback session is gentle yet extremely powerful and
everybody can benefit from a SCIO session. In particular, non verbal
clients such as babies, children and animals. These beings have been
known to go into deep relaxation or sleep during the sessions. They
also start to really look forward to future sessions because it is
non invasive, gentle and they start to feel good.
Long distance sessions are very popular and
just as effective as personal sessions. This is a great advantage
for clients who may be immobile due to trauma, illness, have no transport
or who do not live near by.
WHAT CAN THE SCIO WORK ON?
The SCIO is a stress relief device that works on an energetic level.
Therefore, any lifestyle stresses that may have lead to low energy
levels, allergies, energetic correction of vertebral/organ imbalances,
headaches, backpain, viral/bacterial/fungal infections, behaviour
issues, fleas/lice/ticks/worms, nutrition, trauma, toxicity, arthritis,
digestion, cystitis, vaccine reactions, hormonal imbalances, moving
to a new home, losing a companion, transitioning, pre/post surgery,
grief, abuse, amputations may be supported by a SCIO session.
THE FUTURE IN HEALING
Abby has combined her international background in gene therapy, human/animal
chiropractic, kinesiology and homeopathy with the technology of the
SCIO. She strongly believes that we are constantly evolving emotionally,
biochemically, genetically, physically, mentally, spiritually on all
levels and dimensions. Therefore many modalities need to be available
to us to continue our healing evolution.
It is essential that if one modality is not
moving us forward at this present point in time, that we are given
the opportunity to choose another healing modality. It is important
to acknowledge that we are ALL ultimately working together. Having
the AWARENESS of what could be a possible blockage to our healing
is a major part of our healing progression.
Healing especially with babies, children and animals needs to be very
simple to receive and to follow up. It also needs to be cost effective,
stress free, practical, gentle, non invasive, kind and loving. That
way, the guardian and/or client becomes more positive and looks forward
to having more sessions.
Please note that this service is not diagnostic and NOT a replacement
for veterinary or medical treatment but a natural support to the overall
Abby encourages all guardians to seek diagnoses
from veterinary or medical practitioners when needed and to pass this
information onto her during consultation. She would also appreciate
and encourage the guardians own understanding and insights of their
pets and/or children’s health issues.
If you would like to try a gentle, effective, simple and cost effective
SCIO session then please contact:
Dr Abby Robinson on 02 62965285.
(Member of the Holistic Animal Therapies Organisation)