A quick guide to alternative therapies

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Tapping into nature’s medicine cabinet, aromatherapy uses plants’ healing properties to help treat everything from digestive upsets to hormonal imbalances by way of essential oils (concentrated extracts from fruits, roots and seeds).

Find out more: www.ifaroma.org


Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, reiki is a natural healing therapy that’s believed to help balance the body’s energy system, promoting well-being on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Non-invasive, it can be given in person or at a distance.

Find out more: www.reikifed.co.uk



Based on the philosophy that like cures like – namely that a substance that results in certain symptoms can also help to dispel those symptoms – homeopathy involves the use of highly diluted substances. These, practitioners claim, cause the body to heal itself.

Find out more: www.bahvs.com



Recognised by the NHS and the vet profession for its healing effects, in acupuncture fine needles are placed strategically around the body to trick the brain into producing natural pain-killing chemicals. Sedation may be required if your horse finds it uncomfortable.

Find out more: www.abva.co.uk



Equine Muscle Release Therapy (EMRT), which was derived from the Bowen Technique, uses a series of gentle moves that signal to the brain to initiate the healing process, helping to balance both mind and body. It can help all horses, whether they’re cold-backed, injured or have a special muscle problem.

Find out more: www.emrt.net.au.

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