Equine TCM Series

Presented by Dr Sabine Vollstedt DVM PhD

3 Lectures in the series - register and make your payment for each webinar separately.Pricing for each webinar:

Full Fee: USA - $45USD; Canada, NZ; Africa, Asia - $45AUD; Australia - $46.20AUD (incl. GST); Europe -

€34 euro; UK - £30GBP

Veterinary Members: USA - $35USD; Canada, NZ; Africa, Asia - $35AUD; Australia - $35.20AUD (incl. GST); Europe - €26 euro; UK - £23GBP

Register for all 3 and receive a $30 rebate on your final payment.

All Webinars will be recorded and the link to the recording available within 3 business days of the live event (2 years access).

LIVE Tuesday January 16 2018: 12 noon Los Angeles; 9pm Germany; 7am (Jan 17) Sydney/Melbourne Australia

Equine Metabolic Syndrome: When fat cells have their own agenda - Phytotherapeutic interventions

Equine Metabolic Syndrome is a relatively new disease resulting from a changed lifestyle of many horses. There are only very few working horses left in the western world and even the number of sports horses is decreasing in comparison to increasing numbers of horses used for pleasure riding.

Pleasure horses do not have to work much and a lot of them get more than enough feed, which leads to a change in their metabolic situation thereby increasing the number of fat cells.... which will lead to a a vicious cycle that is very difficult to break.

In Traditional Chinese Equine Medicine this cycle is described as the result of a spleen Qi deficiency. The spleen is overloaded resulting in phlegm, which becomes visible as fatty depots.

To treat EMS the owner is an important part of the therapy. They need to increase the workload and decrease some of the caloric intake. When this is agreed upon there are different herbs that can be used to influence the metabolism and help the horse deal with its problem.

It is very important to control the metaflammation as soon as possible because it will cause damage in all kind of cells. For example, it was observed that EMS in older horses often leads to Equine’s Cushing Syndrome (ECS). It is possible that the constant activation of immune cells destroys dopaminergic cells and thus, is the basis for ECS.


LIVE Tuesday January 30 2018: 12 noon Los Angeles; 9pm Germany; 7am (Jan 31) Sydney/Melbourne Australia

Phytotherapy in Equine Cushing’s Disease and Endocrinopathic Laminitis

It is estimated that 20 to 30% of all horses over 16 years develop Equine Cushing’s disease or Equine Cushing’s Syndrome (ECS) and that it might be a disease of civilization. Considering the underlying mechanisms of ECS or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) it is important to understand how the disease develops as to be able to choose the right herbs. There are different stages found according to how far the dopaminergic cells have been destroyed and in each stage a different set of herbs should be applied.

In Traditional Chinese Equine Medicine the different stages are described by symptoms, the quality of the mucous membranes and the pulse. Progression of the syndrome can be followed in TCM terms and requires treatment specific to presenting symptoms.

When using western herbs these conditions should also be considered and herbs should be applied accordingly. Therefore, it makes sense to choose herbs according to the horse’s condition and the underlying defect.

One severe complication in these horses is endocrinopathic laminitis. It is shown that vasodilation of the capillaries is diminished. To counteract this dysfunction western herbs, which are able to act as vasodilators, can be used as well as Chinese recipes, which can diminish the pain as well as reduce inflammation in the hooves.

Treatment of ECS can be challenging and every piece of information needs to be considered and taken into account to choose the right combination of herbs. Only then it is possible to slow the disease down and to increase the horses’ quality of life.


LIVE Tuesday February 20 2018: 12 noon Los Angeles; 9pm Germany; 7am (Feb 21) Sydney/Melbourne Australia

Saddle Fitness and Management of Equine Back Pain

It is common knowledge that a horse is not built to carry weight, however, nowadays that is the main task of modern horses. Therefore, the rider is responsible to maintain the horse healthy by using the right saddle and to ride the horse in a way that strengthens and stabilizes the equine back.

Very often saddle and rider lead to problems of the equine back resulting in pain. In Traditional Chinese Equine Medicine this kind of problem is called Qi- or Blood-Stagnation. There are a lot of local acupuncture points to relieve Qi- and Blood-Stagnation in the back as well as in the hind end and the neck. These points are not only excellent points of treatment; they are also able to pinpoint the location of the pain and can thus be used diagnostically.


Dr Sabine Vollstedt DVM PhD

Sabine has always been focused on horses. Growing up in Germany, she started working in a high-level riding stable and breeding facility whilst at school. She went to veterinary school in Leipzig, Germany and concurrently achieved her license as a riding instructor. Taking a break from vet school, Sabine went to China to study Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Chinese before returning to Germany to complete her qualification as a doctor of veterinary medicine and moving to an equine clinic. Dr Vollstedt undertook her doctoral thesis and PhD in immunology at Zurich, Switzerland before taking a postdoctoral position at the University of Tokyo, where she stayed for 2.5 years. Returning to Germany, Dr Vollstedt  opened her own practice in Traditional Chinese Equine Medicine and Phytotherapy and provides advanced training in TCVM and phytotherapy. FULL CV HERE


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