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Specific Conditions Part I

Horse Legs


TCVM Diagnosis

Liver Damp Heat in the Feet of Horses 

Common Acute Clinical Signs

Lameness, Heat in Feet, Bounding Digital Pulse,

Pain in Toe Region. Eggshell Gait, Saw Horse Stance

Common Chronic Clinical Signs

Hoof Wall Rings, Sole (stone) Bruises, White Line (seedy toe), Dropped Soles (flat feet), Thick Neck

Dished Hooves (slipper appearance) 

TCVM Treatment Principles:

Dispel Damp Heat, Move Qi, Activate Blood

Relieve Pain

Acupuncture Treatments

Dr. Brown recommends a combination of dry needle, electroacupuncture, aquapuncture & hemoacupuncture on a case by case basis

Chinese Herbal Medicine Prescription

Dr. Brown recommends a combination of oral & topical Jing Tang Chinese Herbal blends customized to each individual patient

TCVM Food Therapy

Recommendations for foods to supplement and foods to avoid based on the principles of TCVM & needs of horses with a history of Founder 

Tui Na

 Chinese Medical Manual Therapy recommendations customized to individual patient

Note: Treatment plans vary with each individual patient & are modified as needed. Treatment frequency will  vary if condition is acute vs chronic pending response of patient. The sooner treatment is started the better the results. Chronic conditions require regular maintenance treatments. A combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui Na is recommended for optimal response as complimentary therapy to conventional medicine. 


Colic, or abdominal pain, is a common presentation of horses with diverse causes from both a Western-Conventional and TCVM perspective. 

Integrating TCVM treatment alongside Western-Conventional Veterinary and Emergency Care is essential for optimal response. Please click for local EMERGENCY and full service equine veterinary referral information. 

Colic is represented in TCVM as Qi Blood Stagnation in the abdomen  and can be due to one or more of the following main TCVM pattern diagnoses: 


Damp Heat

Stomach Qi Stagnation- 

(Wood constitution predisposed)

Food Stagnation


Common Clinical Signs:

Pawing, looking at flank, lip curling and neck arching, kicking at abdomen, lying down, roiling, sweating, abdominal distention, stretching out as if to urinate, loss of appetite, depression, decreased number of bowel movements, etc.  

Treatment Principles:

Treat underlying pattern(s)

Resolve stagnation/treat pain

Regulate Qi flow

Restore normal GI motility 

and more...

Acupuncture Treatments

Acute cases vs chronic maintenance and prevention will require varying numbers and frequency of treatments on a case by case basis

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Variable based on underlying TCVM pattern(s)

TCVM Food Therapy 

Variable based on underlying TCVM pattern(s)

Note: Treatment plans vary with each individual patient and are modified as needed


Anhidrosis, a compromised ability of horses to sweat, is a potentially dangerous condition in the summer heat of Arizona. 

Common clinical signs:

Acute onset of nonsweating after climate change, dry coat, fever, exercise intolerance, fatigue, decreased appetite & water consumption

Integrating TCVM treatment in April before the summer heat is recommended for horses with known condition

Acupuncture treatments 

2 to 6 treatments every 1 to 4 weeks 

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Typically given for a minimum of 2 month duration 

TCVM Food Therapy

Single food therapy and recipes available

Note: Treatment plans vary with each individual patient and are modified as needed

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