HomePhilippine Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciencesvol. 27 no. 2 (2001)

Comparison between Electroacupuncture and Aquapuncture Using Red Pepper Decoction in the Treatment of Postpartum Anestrus in Dairy Cattle

Arss Secka | Jezie A. Acorda, Dvm, Magr, Phd | Antonio A. Rayos

Discipline: Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science

 

Abstract:

A total of 36 postpartum anestrus Holstein-Friesian crossbreds, with parity of 1-4, 3-9 years old, were equally distributed into 3 groups, and subjected to the following treatments: a) aquapuncture treatment using red pepper decoction; b) electroacupuncture treatment; and c) no treatment, control group. The reproductive performances of the three groups were compared in terms of conception rates, mean days from start of observation/treatment to conception and mean days open. The number of cows coming into estrus within 150 days from start of observation/treatment was similar for all treatment groups. Electroacupuncture group had the highest number of cows coming into estrus after only one treatment. The total mean days from start of observation/treatment to estrus within 150 days were 47.8 for control group, 36.9 for aquapuncture group and 38.8 for electroacupuncture group. The number of pregnant cows within 180 days from first artificial insemination exclusive of early embryonic deaths (EEDs) were 8/12 for control, 8/12 for aquapuncture, and 9/12 for electroacupuncture; and the mean days from start of observation/treatment to conception within 180 days from first AI exclusive of EEDs was 98.6, 113.9 and 101.2 respectively. The overall conception rate for acupuncture-treated groups was higher than the non-treated group. Electroacupuncture group also had the highest conception rate for primaparous cows, followed by aquapuncture group.