What is acupuncture?

In Chinese philosophy, health means "harmony and an even flow of all life energy".

This life energy is nothing mysterious, but is constantly perceptible as what distinguishes the living from the dead. This energy is the center of acupuncture and is called Qi.

Qi occurs in different densities. It moves in a fluid balance between material substance and immaterial spirit. These different "aggregate states" of Qi communicate and flow smoothly into one another.

For this reason, it is completely logical in Chinese medicine that the mental state has an influence on the physical condition and vice versa.

The effect of acupuncture can be explained neurophysiologically by the release of neurotransmitters and hormones.

Qi flows through the body along the meridians and is accessible at acupuncture points.

Acupuncture is an empirical method. This means that over the millennia Chinese doctors have observed how acupuncture can influence Qi in the body.

The fact that Chinese culture has had a scripture for thousands of years has enabled physicians to pass on and supplement these observations from generation to generation.

As regulatory medicine, acupuncture can mobilize the self-healing powers. If the self-healing powers are disturbed during an illness, you can sometimes find it a hard nut to crack as a western-trained doctor!

Acupuncture gives you the opportunity to look at a disease from a completely different perspective and to find an additional, promising therapeutic approach.

In other cases, the self-healing powers are completely in order, but are not sufficient to achieve improvement or recovery. These cases are not suitable for acupuncture but should be treated with conventional medicine.

As a veterinarian, it is important to Dr. Herold to decide in each individual case - after thorough Chinese and Western examinations what promises the most success for the respective patient: Western medicine according to the latest scientific findings with high-tech equipment or acupuncture according to ancient Chinese traditional principles. Or a combination of both from a single source.

Which instruments are used in acupuncture?

Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and are individually sterile packed. In exceptional cases, a gold or silver needle is used. The needles are between 1.5 and 15 cm long and between 0.15 and 0.4 millimeters thick. Thanks to special grinding, the puncture is practically painless. Some exceptional cases need the use of laser.

How is the procedure of an acupuncture session?

The examination at an acupuncture session consists of scanning many diagnostic acupuncture points and questioning the owner.

After the diagnosis has been made, needles are placed on the acupuncture points using a special insertion technique. In most cases, Dr. Herold only works with a single needle.

Very often the horses relax completely during the treatment. Therefore, they should not be distracted or disturbed during acupuncture (e.g. feeding or constant body contact).

The time the acupuncture needles stay in place depends on the horse individually and is rarely predictable. As a rule, however, it can take between a few minutes and three quarters of an hour.

The needles are removed again if they suddenly pull easily after a firm fit or push themselves out. After acupuncture, your horse should not work for two to three hours.

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture is not a method "where nothing can be done wrong"! For the sake of the safety and health of your horse, only those who submit to strict quality standards should do acupuncture.

This quality training is offered for example by the Academy for Veterinary Training (ATF) or the German Medical Association for Acupuncture (DÄGfA). Dr. Herold holds the Ceritficate of Acupuncture from the Bavarian Chamber of Veterinarians and is a Specialist Veterinarian for Acupuncture and Neural Therapy (Vienna).

Dr. Isabell Herold is a veterinarian with decades of experience in emergency medicine. She carries all emergency medication in her fully equipped practice vehicle. In the extremely rare case of an undesirable reaction to acupuncture, you are in the best hands with her!

What does acupuncture cost?

Acupuncture costs € 100 per session plus VAT and travel expenses.

How do I make an appointment?

Contact Dr. Herold:

by phone: 0049 (0) 178 888 66 50

by mail:


Neural Therapy

What is Neural Therapy?

The Neural Therapy treats the pain perception and transmission system. It is called the nociceptive system and is viewed as an organ of its own.

The nociceptive system can derail due to pain stimuli that cross a certain threshold or last for a very long period of time.

For example, the amputation of a lower leg cuts the nerve. This stimulus overwhelms the nociceptive system and results in persisting phantom pain. By the way, this effect also occurs in patients under general anesthesia! If the tibial nerve is anesthetized with a local anesthetic before being cut, the nociceptive system does not derail and there is no phantom pain.

In equine medicine, however, we are not dealing with amputations. But all the more with subliminal pain that persists for a very long time.

Pain from the affected area is reported to the spinal cord. There it is not always passed on to the cerebrum if it is low-threshold. Nevertheless the affected area experiences a motoric and inflammation-modulating response.

If a certain period of time of exposition to the painful stimulus is exceeded, the descending pain inhibition is exhausted and the pain becomes chronic due to neuroplastic processes. This means that the nerve is rebuilt in such a way that pain impulses are continuously passed on, although the cause of the pain may no longer exist.

On the other hand, the pain begins its journey through the body through compensatory movements.

For example, if the original pain is in one knee joint, the other hind leg is initially subjected to more stress. The restricted mobility of the hindquarters is compensated for by a predominantly horizontal additional movement from the lumbosacral transition called the sacroiliac joint (ISG). This additional movement wears the ISG out and leads to contracture of the muscles and to recurrent blockages of this joint. Compensation and pain avoidance result in painful hardening of the back muscles. To relieve the pain, the weight load is now shifted to the forehand. Lesions like tendon damage, joint inflammation and arthrosis of the distal joints of the forehand are typical consequences.

How does neural therapy work?

The lameness- and acupuncture examination identifies the affected joints.

Access to the deeper vegetative centers of these joints lies at certain acupuncture points. These are accessible through targeted injection by medication.

Depending on the localization, several local anesthetics in different concentrations are used. These are injected with very fine special cannulas.

What does neural therapy cost?

Neural therapy costs approx. € 100.- per session plus VAT and travel costs. The price depends on the number of injections and the medication used.

How do I make an appointment?

Contact Dr. Herold directly:

by phone: 0049 (0) 178 888 66 50

or by email:



Lung meridian


Large intestine meridian


Stomach meridian


Spleen meridian


Heart meridian


Small intestine meridian


Bladder meridian


Kidney meridian


Pericard meridian


Triple-warmer meridian


Gallbladder meridian


Liver meridian