In Lesson Six we started talking about Colic. This condition is common enough that we will cover four key aspects of treatment here.
This type of colic does not generally require surgery. It’s represented by extreme sluggishness of the large intestine. It will often be accompanied by a pale, dry tongue.
The treatment goal is to work the acupoints to restore fluid balance in the Large Intestine meridian. The Colic Therapy Chart to the right shows the location of the acupoint. Treatment of each point with the Red AAH Light for 20 seconds has been an effective therapy.
A horse suffering from this type of pattern is usually experiencing sudden, painful abdominal spasms, and increased peristaltic movement while exhibiting a pale tongue and cold limbs. The TCM doctor sees this condition as a result of consuming too much cold food or fluid, and/or excessive exposure to external cold.
When cold is present in the Large Intestine it can cause sharp pain as it interrupts the flow of Chi or life force energy. To effectively treat spasmodic colic pattern, apply the AAH Red Light to the points illustrated on the Colic Therapy Chart 2. Follow the process of treating each point for 20 seconds to release cold and fill the points with energy.
Flatulent or gas colic is characterized by extreme abdominal pain. Other indicators of flatulent colic include: excessive production of intestinal gas, white coated tongue, and an absence of manure.
In TCM terms this type of colic represents a Small Intestine Pattern. This pattern can be brought about by a number of things such as cribbing, a change in feed, unusual or excessive intake of cold food or water. Flatulent colic can be caused by emotional stress such as frustration, boredom from confinement, and anger. Treatment is similar in that you apply the AAH Red Light to the points illustrated on the Colic Therapy Chart 2. Follow the process of treating each point for 20 seconds to release cold and fill the points with energy.
It is impossible to totally prevent colic, but there are ways to reduce the incidence of it. Consistent light therapy maintenance treatments given once or twice a week can significantly help you reduce the possibility of colic.
Other suggestions are: feed on a regular time schedule, have clean water available, feed hay and water before feeding grain, wait to feed after exercise, provide a consistent exercise regime, and allow for as much turnout or pasture time as possible.
Any changes in diet and exercise need to be made slowly. The Colic Therapy Chart 4 gives you a series of points to use to keep the harmonious flow of Chi energy flowing along the Large Intestine, Small Intestine and Stomach Meridian pathways.
COLIC IS A POTENTIAL KILLER
If you suspect Colic…don’t delay! The indicators of colic vary so widely that it can be difficult to determine what is happening to your horse. Usually, the more violent the behavior, the more likely it is an acute and life-threatening colic. No matter what, take action immediately. Call your veterinarian and begin Light Therapy immediately!