Emergency Bio-Energetic Medicine Cabinet for Shock:

By Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis

No one likes to think about it, but it happens. Horses get hurt only too often. Unfortunately, we cannot predict when a horse is going to sustain a serious, traumatic injury causing him to lapse into shock. A horse can unpredictably experience extreme nervousness, which can have an equally disastrous outcome. These are moments of life and death and we need to know what to do.

First, contact your holistic veterinarian and accurately describe the traumatic occurrence and your horse’s current condition. Write down your care practitioner’s recommendations and follow his/her instructions.

Second, if your holistic vet does make recommendations, follow them. In addition, while your vet is in transit, there are a number of natural healing options available to help your horse. In fact, the faster you respond to the trauma the greater the likelihood of reducing the extent of the injury or nervous reaction. There are specific treatments you can do to help your horse and minimize the damage. If you can stop the progression of the injury you can start natural healing. The bio-energetic medicine cabinet has quite a few healing modalities that can help.

…the faster you respond to the trauma, the greater the likelihood of reducing the extent of the injury or nervous reaction.

Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that everything that exists is made-up of Chi in various densities, which is analogous to wavelengths. The body, human or equine, represents different wave frequencies. The denser the matter is, such as skin and bone, the denser the wave-frequency. In the same way that we cannot perceive high frequency radio waves, we cannot see or touch the more rarefied forms of Chi, but they are very real. Bio-energetic medicine works on the vibrational level to re-establish the natural balance and harmony within the body.

Though some of the bio-energetic healing modalities are not based on Traditional Chinese Medicine per se, they do share the basic notion that the body represents different levels and forms of life force and life-forming energy waves or vibrations. When the vibrations are abruptly interrupted and vital energy is lost due to a physical or emotional traumatic event, the animal is in extreme danger. It is an emergency.

Under normal circumstances, each of the following modalities requires the practitioner to perform an in-depth evaluation of the animal’s constitution and current condition before arriving at a course of treatment. Given the fact that the horse is in a serious life-death struggle, time is critical and we need to treat the presenting symptom immediately to help stabilize the condition and begin the healing process.

Acupressure is always available and safe. By applying pressure on specific acupressure points, we are changing the flow and balance of energy along a meridian pathway. Review the charts for shock and nervousness and anxiety and practice finding the points before you are in a crisis situation.

Homeopathy uses very small amounts of vibrational energy, mostly from plants, to stimulate and encourage life-force energy to bring about a cure. The action is immediate and if the correct remedy is used the body will begin curing itself. Consult your homeopathic practitioner regarding the recommended remedies, dose levels, and frequency of administering. The remedies cited in this article have been suggested for general Shock Treatment by a number of professional practitioners.








Arnica Montana 30c – Given in almost all cases of shock. Reduces interior or exterior bleeding and bruising. Suggested dosage: 1 tablet per hour x 2.

Carbo Vegetabilis 6c – Used in extreme situations when the horse is almost comatose and/or cold to the touch. Suggested dosage: 1 tablet every hour x 4.

Aconitum Napellus – Especially used for emotional shock. Contact a homeopathic practitioner for dosage.

Note: Do not touch the tablets with your hands; use the bottle cap to administer. Check with your practitioner for specific dosages


Essential Oils work by way of the olfactory system. Active plant essence is extracted through a distilling process, then suspended in oils and further diluted for direct use. Unless you are well versed on the subject, creating your own essential oils can be difficult and there are many reputable professional consultants and commercial sources for them. Note: The properties of some essential oils can counteract the effects of a homeopathic remedy to some extent.

Offer the essential oil by holding it a few inches away from the horse’s nostrils. Allow the horse a moment to respond to it; he will give you obvious indications of wanting it or not within seconds. Offer one type of oil at a time so that it will be clear which oil is most effective at the time. The horse can decide whether he wants to inhale it, lick it or turn away.

Yarrow (Achillea Mille Folium) - Use diluted or undiluted directly on wound, stops bleeding, serves as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Good for trauma.

Violet Leaf (Viola Odorate) – Good for calming and a natural pain killer.

Carrot Seed (Daucus Carota) – Coagulates blood and initiates healing. Stimulates the will to live.

There are other practitioners who suggest using blends of essential oils. For instance, to calm a horse with a nervous and anxiety reaction, a blend of rosemary, lavender, chamomile, and oak tree moss can be used. Allow your horse to smell the recommended essential oil prior to a crisis so that he will have a positive association with the scent. Contact a professional practitioner for specific recommendations and application instructions. See the Resources section following this article for contacts.


Flower Essences are known to be effective for pathologic emotional states. Basically, flowers are submerged in water and placed in the light and warmth of the sun for a number of hours. Once the flower essence is transferred to the water, the water can relate the vibration of the flower and its properties. Like essential oils, there are many commercial products available. The most popular and readily available flower essence intended to generally help resolve fear, panic and shock is Rescue Remedy. There are commercial blends of flower essences available for use that are intended to calm your horse during transport, loss of a stable-mate, and other situations horses find emotionally disturbing.

If you are able to react quickly and shift the vibration level using any of the modalities discussed you may be able to curtail the overall injurious effect of a traumatic event. Be ready to respond. Talk with your holistic health practitioners before a crisis occurs, have your bio-energetic medicine cabinet accessible, and practice the procedures so that you are confident and ready to help your horse.

About the authors:

Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis are the authors of Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual, The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure, and Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. They also offer animal acupressure clinics worldwide. Contact 888-841-7211 www.animalacupressure.com / acupressure4all@earthlink.net


Acupressure – Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure, 888-841-7211

www.animalacupressure.com or acupressure4all@earthlink.net

Essential Oils - Karen Bourdon, Chairman,

The Guild of Essential Oil Therapists for Animals (UK) tgeota@aol.com

Herbal & Flower Essences - Stacy Small, Founder/President,

Equilite Inc. 914-693-2553


Herbal, Essential Oils and Flower Essences - Mary Ann Simonds,

The Mystic Horse, 360-573-1958


Essential Oils – Frances Cleveland, CA, CEA

Frog Works, 303-973-0109


Flower Essence – Ember Feruson-Budd

Aahh Naturals, 505-838-0360

Bio-Energetic Consultant - Susan Dowatshahi,

CHI Animal Therapeutics, 949-361-3976


Homeopathic Remedies, Consultant - Barbara Miller