Image of horse showing acupoints used to promote sweating

Equine Anhidrosis & Acupressure

In the early stages or less severe cases of equine anhidrosis, there will be less sweat in areas under the saddle than is normal after a workout. In its initial stages anhidrosis is also known as 'puff disease' because horses pant heavily, even after work ceases. Horses will have very little, patchy or no sweat, elevated pulse, and a higher than normal body temperature when worked. After exercise recovery is slow. and the horse may appear distressed or lethargic during periods of hot humid weather. Acupressure can help equine anhidrosis

toThe cause of anhidrosis is not clear but does appear more frequently where temperatures and humidity are high for extended periods of time. Additionally anhidrosis:

  • Anhydrosis may affect all breeds and ages of horses
  • It may develop quickly or over a long period of time where indicators become more severe
  • And, can be triggered by stress, exercise, or heat

Managing anhidrosis: Temperature and exercise management, day stalling with fans, night time turnout, encouraging water intake, lower calorie diet, and cold water hosing.

Chosen acupoint support the Lung functions of controlling Chi and respiration. In anhydrotic horses the Lung is not doing its job of spreading the fluids from the Spleen - resulting in no sweat. So we look to expel Summer Heat and regulate sweating, tonify Lung chi and Yin, tonify Spleen chi, and promote the circulation of Wei chi. Acupressure points chosen to help equine anhidrosis include:

  • Bl 40      clears Summer Heat
  • Lu 7        promotes Wei (Defensive) chi circulation
  • LI 4         promotes Wei (Defensive) chi circulation
  • Ki 7         regulates sweating
  • GV 14     regulates sweating and calms the spirit
  • Bl 17       benefits skin dehydration and dryness supports the Spleen
  • Bl 20      supports the Lung

The chart below shows you the location of these points. Additional Equine meridian charts information.

equine anhydrosis and acupressure