If Your Pet Is Fighting Cancer? Acupuncture May Be A Good Modality To Support Your Current Regiment

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So there has always been a question if it was a good idea to use acupuncture on cancer patients either human or animal, as there was/is a theory that acupuncture may strengthen the cancer cells . This study addresses that and not only does acupuncture help strengthen immune system it appears that it may even help the body fight off the cancer cells.  Granted this is just one study but hopefully there will be many more as this would be a great non invasive option to help in the fight against Cancer.

New research confirms that acupuncture benefits the immune system and improves the psychological state for these patients. Blood samples prove that acupuncture enhances the immune system’s NK (natural killer) cells .

The research team commented that NK cells are “a first line of defense against the metastatic spread of tumor cells.” Data shows that decreases in NK cell numbers and activity correspond to the progression of cancer. NK cells are immune system lymphocytes that are part of bodily responses to pathological concerns including tumors and virally infected cells. The new study shows that acupuncture benefits NK cell numbers thereby supporting the immune system.

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1324-acupuncture-lowers-chemo-side-effects-ups-immunity#sthash.ENTeYigm.dpuf

Chemo can be tough on the body and the immune system so the points  from the study will support the immune system and help with nausea and fatigue.  Always check with your vet  to make sure they are ok with other modalities and/ or find a vet who is trained in TCM and acupuncture  to add to your team.

 

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Points to try…
Front Legs
LI4 Is on the medial side between the dew claw and 2ndmetacarpal bone if no dew claw where the dew claw would be
LU 7 Inside of the front leg just above the crease in the wrist
PE5  Inside of the forelimb about 4 cun* above the crease in the wrist
 TH5 On the outside of the forelimb about 2 cun* above the wrist
Back Legs
ST 36 Find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee
SP9   Inside of the leg a bit below the knee ( in the depression of the caudal border of the tibia and the  gastrocnemius muscle
GB39   3 cun above the lateral malleolus or ankle bone
LIV3 Between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bone

Cun “small measurement”  the find the distance between the wrist and the elbow put your finger there;  half that distance half it again and half it again, The distance between your finger and the wrist is 1 cun so it will be a personal measurement for each animal

 

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If Your Dog Is A Little Stuffy Or Congested Due to Seasonal Allergies , These Points And Tips May Help

 

 

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Pollen counts on average are elevated this year, which  can create an opportunity for  allergies to become more pronounced for you and your pets.    If you notice your pup is a little snuffy or drippy  you will want to check with your vet first to be sure it isn’t anything serious .

Here is some info and a link from Dr. Becker;

“According to a survey conducted by Novartis Animal Health, over half of pet owners aren’t aware their fuzzy family members can also spend the spring season feeling miserable thanks to pollens and other environmental allergens.

Two Categories of Pet Allergies

There are primarily two types of allergies: food allergies and environmental allergies. If your pet gets itchy during spring, summer or fall, they are probably reacting to seasonal, environmental allergens. But if their symptoms continue year-round, it’s more likely the sensitivity is to something more constant in the  environment, or to something in their diet.”

click on link below for full article and some good tips and supplements

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/06/22/pets-seasonal-allergies.aspx

Below are some points to try out on your pup to help alleviate sinus congestion and support the immune system

Acupuncture relieves nasal congestion due to rhinitis. Research published in the Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture  confirms that acupuncture exerts an anti-inflammatory action, enhances immunity, and is effective in the prevention of immunological related disease.

For the full article click below …and scroll down for some good points for your pup…Happy Pointing

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1530-acupuncture-relieves-rhinitis-prevents-oral-ulcers

 

Yin Tang   center of the fore head at the medial edge of the eyebrow ridge.
 GV20 dorsal midline between the ears there is usually a bump where the point is
 GB 20 Right behind the skull or occipital bone one finger off the cervical spine on either side in the divots.
LI20 widest part of the nostril in the nasal labial groove ( they may not love this point so approach and use gently)
LI4 on the inside of the dew claw or the bump on the inside of his front paw where a dew claw would be
GV4 On the dorsal midline in the depression between L2 and L3
LI11 In the outside or lateral crease of the elbow.
 St36 Find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the   little groove on the lateral side of each knee

Points for allergies and Sinus blog2

 

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If You Or Your Pet Are A Little Near Or Far Sited This Point May Help

 

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This is a great point for humans and canines. I have used it on my senior clients with good results and now there is science behind it ..

GB37 has been used for the treatment of eye related disorders for over a thousand years. The advent of functional MRI imaging has allowed for researchers to measure the specific regions of the brain activated by acupoint stimulation. Clear evidence from this study demonstrates that GB37 acupuncture needle stimulation activates areas of the brain responsible for vision. Researchers carefully noted that the activation of the visual cortex lasted longer than expected following the acupuncture point stimulation. They also referenced this lasting effect as the “sustained effect of acupuncture” and note that future study designs should take into account acupuncture’s ability to make lasting changes. The researchers note that some studies seek to measure an instant on and off effect rather than measuring the duration of acupuncture’s physiological effects.

http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/693-mriacupuncturevisiongb?goback=%2Egde_2328513_member_213799169

Here are a few other points to help with vision for you and your pet

GB 37 is from the study the others are just good ones to support eye health. Your pup may not love the points close to the eye but try them on yourself and see what you think :-)

Also note if you or your pet experience any sudden change in vision or acute eye irritation consult your Dr. or Vet immediately as this could be a sign of a medical emergency

 

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GB37  five cun above the lateral malleolus (ankle bone on the outside of theback legs)

LIv2 on the back legs where the 2nd toe meets the paw

LIv3 between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones of the back legs  Distal point for eye issues, also benefits hock pain and removes toxins from the body Tonifies liver

Acupuncture Points Around the Eye

There are several powerful acupuncture points around the eyes that promote eye health. These points bring Qi and blood to the eyes to nourish the tissue and improve the condition of the eyes.

Jingming (BL1-1) – When translated, Jingming means Bright eyes. This point is located in the inner corner of the eye. It is one of the primary points to bring Qi and blood to the eyes and is used for eye problems of all kinds including early-stage cataracts, glaucoma, night blindness, conjunctivitis and blurred vision.

Zanzhu (BL-2) – This point lies in the depression at the inner end of the eyebrow. Like Jingming, it is a primary point for the eyes and is used for all types of eye problems. Some of the indications to use this point include headache, blurring or failing of vision, pain in the supraorbital region, excessive tearing, redness, swelling and pain of the eye, twitching of the eyelids and glaucoma.

Sizhukong (TH 23) – In the hollow at the outside end of the eyebrow. This point is used for eye and facial problems including headaches, redness and pain of the eye, blurring of vision, twitching of the eyelids, toothache and facial paralysis.

Tongziliao (GB 1) – Located on the outside corner of the eye. This point is used to brighten the eyes as well as for headaches, redness and pain of the eyes, failing or blurring of vision, photophobia, dry, itchy eyes, early-stage cataracts and conjunctivitis.

 

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If Your Pup Gets A Little Car Sick, We Have Some Good Tips and Points To Help

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Summer is almost over,  and for a lot of families they have one more trip before school starts.  If its a car trip and you have planning on taking your pup, these tips and points may help.

Here are  some great tips from Dr. Karen Becker :

Prevention tips:

  • Most dogs don’t get carsick on an empty stomach, so make sure there are several hours (at least two) between her last meal and a ride in the car. Don’t withhold water, however.

And keep in mind this may or may not work for your pet, as some dogs need a little something in their stomach to prevent motion sickness. If your pet dry heaves or vomits bile in the car several hours after eating, before your next outing, try giving her a couple tablespoons of food or a few treats to see if she does better with something in her tummy.

  • If your dog travels in a crate (which is the safest method of canine travel), move it from spot to spot in the car to see if the location of the crate makes a difference in how he’s feeling. Some dogs do best if the crate is placed in the rear compartment of an SUV. Others do well on the back seat. Some small dogs prefer their crate to sit on the floor of the front passenger seat where they can see the driver, but not much else. (This location is typically fine in colder weather, but be careful during the summer months, as forward compartment floor space can heat up quickly.)

If you use a harness or other type of restraint, again, try moving your dog from seat to seat if possible to learn where he feels most comfortable.

  • Change your dog’s perception of traveling in the car. Pick a place close to home (no longer than a 10 minute drive from your house) that your dog enjoys. It could be the dog park or a nearby hiking trail.

Either bring someone along to calm your dog while you’re driving, or speak gently and reassuringly to him along the way. Once you reach your destination, devote your attention to your dog, playing or hiking with him, and make the outing fun for him.

On the ride back, again, do whatever works to calm your dog’s nerves. Once you’re home, have another vigorous play session and then let him rest. Repeat this routine at a minimum once a week so your dog learns to associate car rides with fun destinations and playtime with you.

  • Stop frequently on long trips, as some dogs need breaks to prevent motion sickness. A good guideline is to stop after an hour or two and let your dog out (on a leash, of course) to relieve himself. You can also offer him a drink of water or some ice chips to chew.
  • Diffuse the essential oil of lavender in your car by adding a drop to your pet’s collar or place a few drops on a cotton ball close to your pet; use a custom blend of stress relieving essential oils on a Sniff-It (created by my client, Lou Ann!); try Bach Flower essences such as Scleranthus, Rock Rose, or Rescue Remedy; offer ginger root a few hours before traveling.
  • For severe cases of nausea in big dogs, I use a commercially available peppermint oil blend in caplet form. Also consider trying a variety of homeopathic remedies based on your pet’s particular symptoms, including Cocculus, Argentum, Ipecac, and Aconitum.
  • Try a T-Touch anxiety wrap. (Video demonstration).
  • This one may seem a little weird, but it can’t hurt to give it a try. As you’re driving along, point out scenery and other animals to your dog if she’s able to see out the window. Call her by name in an excited voice, and point or turn your head in the direction of the thing you want her to notice.

She may or may not catch on initially, but dogs that ride around a lot with their owners often wind up looking like little furry people as they gaze out the window and take in the sights. The idea with a stressed or potentially carsick dog is to involve her in her surroundings, generate a little pleasant buzz in the car, and provide a distraction for her.

  • Consider driving with the windows down as much as possible (not all the way down, just enough to let fresh air in). It’s not a great idea to allow your dog to stick her head out the window, but if it seems to help her feel more comfortable, make sure she’s very securely harnessed in, and invest in a pair of “doggles” (protective eyewear for dogs) to protect her eyes from sudden rushes of air, bugs, and flying debris.

For the full article click here   http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2015/08/28/dog-car-sickness.aspx

 

If you have  a pup that does not do well in the  car,  or has motion sickness or gets a little dizzy  these two points are very beneficial. In addition if your pup has vertigo these points are also a great help.

If car trips short or long  are not fun for your pup try doing these points before the ride and if there is a second person in the car possibly during the ride and see if it helps.

Note that any sudden onset of dizziness or staggering should be checked out by your Vet immediately as it may be a far more serious issue than motion sickness …

The choice of acupuncture points is consistent with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory. PC6 and ST36 are   indicated for the treatment of nausea, vomiting, hiccups  among other things

Click on the link below as it explains how and why these points work…  It is quite intersting

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1496-acupuncture-relieves-dizziness-and-vertigo#sthash.cq09XKPS.dpuf

PC6 is located 2 cun above the transverse wrist crease between the tendons of the palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis. PC6 is a luo point and a confluent point of the yinwei channel.

ST36 is 3 cun below ST35 and is one finger breadth from the anterior crest of the tibia in the tibialis anterior muscle. Or find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee

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Is Your Pup A Little Constipated ? We Have A Few Points For That

constipated pup

This Summer has  been very hot and dry lots of flaky skin and allergies. In TCM the Lung/ Large Intestine Meridian is directly connected to the skin. So if the skin is dry odds are the your pup is lacking moisture which can result in constipation.

So how is your dog pooping? Not the most flowery subject but an important one.

Poop gives us so much information on how are dogs are doing. Digestion and gut health are big factors in our well being, as well as our pets.  So if your pup is having a bout of constipation, it may just be he or she  isn’t getting quite enough water in his or her diet, the diet itself, or it could be something more serious.

Constipation can happen on occassion to your pup throughout their lifetime. If it does not resolve in a few days you definitely want to make sure you see your vet, as it can be a symptom of a more serious problem in the colon.  If constipation goes on too long it can result in megacolon.

Great article below by  Dr. Becker on how to identfy constipation and what to do ; Also  a study on good points for constipation, and a few for you to try on you or your pup.  Happy Pointing…

Dr. Becker’s Comments:

Your dog is constipated when he either has difficulty pooping (and feces produced are dry and hard) or isn’t pooping at all.

If solid waste stays in your dog’s colon too long, all the moisture in it will be absorbed and stools will become dry, hard, and difficult to pass.

If the situation is left untreated, your dog’s large intestine can actually stretch to the point where it can no longer do its job effectively. This is a chronic condition known as megacolon, and is actually more common in cats than dogs. Our goal is to prevent pets from ever having such chronic and longstanding bowel issues.

 

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2017/07/23/dog-cat-constipation.aspx

 

Acupuncture  study for constipation

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1517-acupuncture-relieves-constipation

 

A few points to try from the study:

LI4 is on inside of the dew claw on the front paw.
ST 36 find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee.
ST25*  On the ventral midline 2 cun lateral to the umbilicus. Find your pups belly button it is usually a bit raised and bumpy and then depending on the size of your pup the point will be anywhere from one to two finger widths off the belly button
Cun “small measurement”  the find the distance between the wrist and the elbow put your finger there;  half that distance half it again and half it again, The distance between your finger and the wrist is 1 cun so it will be a personal measurement for each animal

 

 

 

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