Cancer in Horses:

Clinical Results from Treatment
Equine Sarcoid by Acupuncture

Are Simeon Thoresen, DVM
Leikvollgata 31
3213 Sandefjord


This article describes an effective treatment of Equine Sarcoid, used by the author for more that 12 years on 16 cases. The results in 15 of these cases were good; the Sarcoid disappeared within 6 weeks, for never to return. The treatment consists of stimulation of one single acupuncture point, repeated 3 times.


In 1984 I first tried out a new method in treating cancer, with very promising results in a Dachshund (Thoresen 2002). The dog had mammary cancer (multiple tumours along the nipple line) and had begun to develop dyspnoea - it probably had several lung metastases. I treated LV03 (see rationale below), and in a few weeks the tumours had disappeared almost completely. The dog died several years later from a kidney deficiency.

Also, in 1995 I treated the first horse with Equine Sarcoid (a cancer syndrome in horses, usually incurable) with good results (the cancer disappeared completely within 6 weeks), published in the Journal of the Norwegian veterinary Society, “Norsk Veterinærtidsskrift” (Thoresen 1995).

Since 1984, I have treated 16 horses with Equine Sarcoid. Due to the possibility to make an exact meridian diagnosis (on which acupuncture meridian the cancer is situated) as required according to the method described in this article, the results were very good. 15 out of 16 horses got rid of the sarcoma within 6 weeks.


Several of the body functions, especially those of growth and cell death, are controlled by “feed-back-mechanisms”.

Current conventional treatment of cancer relies mainly on radical surgery, cytotoxic chemotherapy, radiation treatment and attempts to boost immune function by chemical immunostimulation, administering biotechnologically produced specific antibodies, or purified interferon, etc. Research on gene-based therapy is in the early stages. Many of these treatments induce severe adverse effects in the patient, and some of these effects can compromise normal organic function, and lead directly to the death of the patient. For example, some patients given cytotoxic chemotherapy develop myocardial hepatic or kidney lesions that can seriously compromise their lives.

Therefore I will, in this article, argue that it is possible to treat Equine Sarcoid by stimulating the adequate control mechanisms, and by such control the cancer with the sole use of acupuncture.

The potential of acupuncture in affecting the immunological system has been shown (Kim et al, 2002, Rogers et al, 1992). These studies report substantial increases of T-lymphocyte proliferation, increase in NK-cell activity, activation of the complementary system, heat-stable mitogenic humoral factors and increase in OKT4 cells. The proofs of effect from acupuncture at the physiological and biochemical level have been very convincing, and acupuncture has for that reason been combined with chemotherapy in cancer treatment trials (Shen & Glapsy, 2001).

Material and methods

Over the past 21 years, I have developed an acupuncture protocol to treat cancer-patients, animal and human. My protocol in cancer therapy uses the controlling functions of acupuncture.

Thus, for example, I use:

to control cancer of the spleen or stomach. Also of tissues along the course of these meridians, for example cancer of the lower medial tibia (where the SP-meridian passes), or mammary cancer (ST-meridian passes through the nipple).

to control cancer of the kidney or bladder. Also of the adrenal gland, ovary, oviduct, uterus, cervix, vagina, testicle, spermatic ducts, seminal vesicle, prostate, penis (all directly related to the kidney), or cancer of the tissues along the course of these meridians, for example cancer close to the sacrum.

Treatment of Equine Sarcoid in practice

One must make an exact meridian-diagnosis by a simple observation of where the tumour has arisen in relation to the acupuncture-meridians.

To bring most cancers under control usually takes 1-3 acupuncture sessions, at inter-session intervals of 3 weeks.


The 16 cases of Equine Sarcoid I have treated, responded very well. 15 of the 16 cases were totally cured within 6 weeks, and usually the Sarcoid was left just as a scar tissue where it originally had flourished.

An example

The pictures to follow is taken from my last patient.

Portrett bilde av hesten Vilja 6 år.

The horse name is Vilja, a cold blooded 6 years old horse in Norway.

The Sarcoid started medial on its back leg, just at the Kidney meridian..

In the Ko cycle the Heart meridian is controlling the Kidney meridian, and thus I put one needle at HT09, a point at the coronary band at the left front leg

Bilde av benet ved første gangs behandling.

The Sarcoid looked like this at the first visit.

Bilde av benet  tre uker etter behandling. Det synlige er mye mindre.

After 3 weeks it looked like this.

Bilde av benet etter fire ukers behandling. Det synlige er enda mindre.

After the second treatment (3 weeks after the first treatment) it looked like this.

Bilde av benet etter fem ukers behandling. Bare et lite arr igjen av sarcoidet..

And after 5 weeks like this.

When I saw the horse 6 weeks after the first treatment, on the third treatment, it was only just a scar left.


As known in western medicine and science, cancer is an uncontrolled state where the cell cycle has lost control and shows continuous progression forming an independent unit, or a tumour (Sherr, 2000-2001). Specifically, causes for this are lack of control at the genetic level, proteomic- or cellular level. Each of these levels finds examples in the literature; at the genetic level mutations in the p53 promoter yield deficient expression of the p53 product thereby leading to uncontrolled transition between the G and S - phases (Miller & Koeffler, 1993). At the proteomic level, mutations in the p53 gene yield a deficient protein which inefficiently binds to the suppressor and cannot manage to “silence” the S - phase of the cell (Yang et al, 2000). Recent evidence suggests also that cancer is inducible at the cellular level, through oncoviruses, such as the Human T-cell Leukaemia/Lymphotropic virus type 1 (Johnson et al, 2001).

From the summary of the results it is impossible to make any solid claims, because there are too few patients (only 15), but the follow-up period is substansial (over 15 years).

However, the results are so astonishing and unexpected that they must not go unobserved by the medical community. The overall results indicate that it might be worth trying the described method, and that it needs further investigation.


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