Evidence Based Study… Two Acupuncture Points Improve And Save Brain Function After An Ischemic Incident.

New research demonstrates that specific electro-acupuncture frequencies result in superior neurologic functional recovery following ischemic incidents. A recent study demonstrates that specific electro-acupuncture interventions protect the structural integrity of astrocytes and exert a protective mechanism in the brain following cerebral ischemic injuries. Researchers discovered that electro-acupuncture applied bilaterally to LI11 (Quchi) and ST36is effective in preserving the structural integrity of astrocytes, important regulators of neuronal survival following ischemic brain injuries.

So two take aways from this; If points are applied after there is an incident, ie stroke or any injury that prevents the brain from receiving an adequate supply of blood and oxygen these points will help reverse brain damage. In addition there is also the possibility that using these points will help maintain the integrity of the brain. So something to think about especially for older people and  pets. These may also help with Vestibular disease.

Full article below and points for humans and canines

http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/761-electronli11st36

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Have You Looked At Your Dogs Tongue Lately? It Has A Lot To Say About Your Pups Wellbeing

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Tongues are a great indicator of what is going in the body. It is important to know what your dogs tongue looks like when he or she is healthy as a reference. So know your dogs normal tongue color and use that as a reference. Some dogs tend to run pinker or redder normally. Some dogs have black or purplish spots on their tongues which is fine as long as they are not raised or have just appeared.

Most important if your dog’s tongue and gums are  grey or white  or blue that can indicate shock or other life threatening issues  and is a medical emergency so call your vet asap..Or if your pup is getting  dangerously hot their tongue can turn bright red and look dry  odds are they will be panting profusely so you will notice that. Again this can be a medical emergency so get him or her into a cooler environment and call your vet .

Any sudden changes is the tongue shape or color is some thing to take note of and possibly talk to your vet about.

Your Dog’s Tongue as a Measure of  Health from a TCM Perspective.

from Dr Becker

Tongue colors of pale or white, deep red, blue or purple, and yellow orange can be assessed according to TCM principles:

  • A pale or white tongue may be a sign of a weakened body condition. This tongue color is seen in animals with anemia, leukemia, blood pressure problems, loss of blood, edema (fluid retention), generalized weakness, gastric system malfunction/GI issues, lung weakness, malnutrition, and lethargy.
  • A deep red tongue may indicate hyperactivity of one of the organ systems of the body and may involve a bacterial or viral infection, fever, gall bladder or kidney stagnation, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, cancer, or an accumulation of toxins somewhere in the body.
  • A bluish or purple-tinged tongue can suggest pain or congestion somewhere in the body and may point to a problem with the vascular system, heart disease, circulatory problems, respiratory problems, liver disease, toxicosis, organ stress, hepatitis, or autoimmune issues.
  • A yellow-orange tongue may indicate gastritis and gall bladder or liver malfunction.

TCM practitioners also evaluate any coating on the tongue. For example, if the coating is thick or pasty, it’s frequently a sign of imbalance in the digestive system, which is the largest immunologic system in your dog’s body. This often occurs when there is a yeast overgrowth in the body, and is commonly seen in pets fed grain-based diets that lack the bioavailable nutrients and enzymes required for healthy GI function.

TCM practitioners also do sort of a “regional analysis” of the tongue. Different areas of the tongue can point to problems with various organ systems within the body.

All that to say, if you notice that your pet’s tongue is changing shape, color, or texture, or if you notice a new bump or lump, it’s worth discussing your concerns with a holistic veterinarian.

For more about your dogs tongue health  click here

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/08/26/dog-tongue.aspx

 

 

This is a human based tongue analysis but it will give you everything you ever wanted to know about tongues.  http://www.sacredlotus.com/diagnosis/tongue/

 

 

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The Holidays Are Approaching Fast. If You Are Traveling With Your Pet’s By Car This Holiday Season, Here Are A Few Tips And Points To Help Ensure Your Vacation Is Stress Free And Safe

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The Holidays are fast approaching, and pet parents around the world are going to be traveling with their fur kids. So here are a few  car safety tips for your pets., and a few acupressure points that may come in handy along the way.

Traveling by car is a great option for your dog. ( cats not so much) . Before you leave be sure to pack their favorite food and  treats It is recommended that your pack at least three extra of days of  food, treats and medicine, just in case something  happens ie snow storm, car trouble etc.  Be sure and have plenty of water and a collapsible bowl for  water breaks.

Pet Identification

It is a good  idea to create  another pet tag for your pup with your cell phone number and email address; so if your pooch gets out  you are easy to find . Most people have  hundreds  of pictures of their pet s in their phone  but it may be a good idea to print out a quick picture and medical info to have with you just in case. Also make sure it is email ready so you can send it out if needed.

Riding in the car

Ok so a few rules… your pooch needs to be in a harness, pet carrier, or secured in the back seat . Remember when we were little (I’m dating myself) but we pretty much rode unrestrained in the front seat or wherever.. obviously that is now illegal for small humans for obvious reasons, which also apply to your pet. Riding in the front seat or on your lap for small dogs is dangerous for everyone. If something happens and your air bag deploys your pooch can be severely injured or killed. So a harness or carrier in the back seat is the best option. For bigger dogs the back seat harness  or crate is advised that way everyone will arrive safely.

Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. And please be sure to always secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick stop

Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle-even if it is a long drive.

Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

What in your pet’s traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.

Don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. He could be injured by flying objects. And please keep him in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.

Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn’t a problem, it’s always smart to be on the safe side.

When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he’s not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.

more tips click here for complete ASPCA tips on car travel

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/10_tips_for_safe_car_travel_with_your_pet

Have a great holiday and safe and fun travels..Here is a link for pet friendly hotels and services

http://www.bringfido.com/

So as fun as traveling is a new environment is exciting but can also be stressful.  Here are a few acupressure points you can use for tummy upset, calming and adapting to a new environment.

 GV20 dorsal midline between the ears there is usually a bump where the point is..clears brain calms mind

 GB 20  Right behind the skull or occipital bone one finger off the cervical spine on either side in the divots. Also a good relaxation point good point to ease over thinking. Pulls the energy down from the head

GV 17  Right behind the skull in between the GB 20 points. Little divot under the bump. Great point to disperse energy and create calm.

TH5/ PE6 Inside of the front limb three cun above the tranverse crease in the wrist ( transverse carpal crease) between the tendons and opposite TH5so use together. Great point for environmental stresses

Ht 7 Pe 7 in the depression between the tendon and the ligament it is a natural depression and pretty easy to find just above the bend in the wrist. Your fingers will slide in the groove on either side. Hold bold sides that is actually 2 points Ht7 and Pe7 this clears the mind and calms the spirit great relaxation point  pulls heat out of the head

ST 36 find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee  This point serves double duty it calms the mind and helps with anxiety and any kind of physical stress that  produce  anxiety as well as OCD behavior. It is also a great immune point and supports the immune system in case it has been over stressed  good for any type of gastrointestinal issue

 

travel points blog with th5 pe6

Contact us at info@reikiforallcreatures if you have any questions .

 

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Proper Kidney Function Is Vital For Your Pet’s Wellbeing. If Your Pet Has Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) This Information May Be Helpful

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So this is part two of the Kidney blog.  We will go over what Kidneys do and their physical function in the body. There is also information to help understand what happens if your pet does get CKD Chronic Kidney Disease and what you can do to help them through diet, CAM, Eastern and Western Medicine

The following is  a summary from articles written by Dr Karen Becker  To read the full articles click on the links below

Your pet’s kidneys are very important organs. They regulate your dog’s or cat’s blood pressure, blood sugar, blood volume, water composition in the blood, and pH levels. The kidneys also produce a variety of hormones, including erythropoietin, that stimulates red blood production.

As blood flows through your pet’s kidneys, they filter out waste products generated from the break down of food, old cells and metabolic byproducts, toxins or poisons, and many drugs. The wastes are removed when your dog or cat urinates.

The kidneys also act as filters to insure beneficial substances like proteins get into the bloodstream, and they help regulate calcium and vitamin D levels.

Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is damage to a dog’s or cat’s kidneys that has been present for months to years. It’s also called chronic renal disease (CRD), chronic renal failure (CRF), and chronic renal insufficiency.

Dogs and cats of any age can develop chronic kidney failure, but it’s more commonly seen in older pets.

Kidney failure often happens so gradually that by the time the symptoms become obvious, it’s really too late to treat the problem effectively. The kidneys find amazing ways to compensate as they slowly lose function over a period of months to years, which is why obvious symptoms often don’t appear until very late in the disease process.

A diet high in excellent quality protein and lower than normal amounts of sodium and phosphorous is recommended.  Controlling phosphorous intake has proven to be very important in controlling the progression of kidney disease.

Many veterinarians still insist that a renal diet should be low in protein, despite studies that show aging pets — including those with kidney disease — need more, not less protein. But it has to be very high quality protein.

A big key  to helping your pet is to realize that something may be off ie drinking more water than usual, larger volume  or more frequent peeing. Night time incontinence, diminishing coat quality and abnormal lethargy.  If these changes are occuring you should bring pet to your vet and let them know your concerns.  There are western and/or alternative options to help your pup.

 Below are four links: First two are for dogs , the third link is for cat parents and the fourth link is an article from dogs naturally identifies CKD from a TCM standpoint.

1. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2015/09/20/pet-chronic-kidney-disease.aspx

2. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/11/04/kidney-failure-pet-dogs.aspx

3. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/08/06/kidney-disease-in-cats.aspx

4. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/kidney-disease-in-dogs/

 

Here are a few points that will help with CKD regardless of the deficiency.

KI3 Top of the hock thin skin your fingers will slide into it on either side it is kind of like our Achilles
KI7 Caudo medial aspect of the pelvic limb, 2 cun proximal to KI3 on the cranial border of the achilles tendon ( medial side of the hind limb approx two fingers above KI3)
KI10 Medial side of the popiteal fossa at the level of BL40 between the semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles
ST36 Find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee
 SP6 Approx 2 fingers above the medial malleolus or ankle bone this point is on the bone so just follow it up two finger widths on the  inside of the back leg
BL23 1.5 cun lateral to the caudal border of the dorsal spineous process o the second lumbar vertebrae ( find the last rib follow it straight up about 1 finger to 2 finger widths off the spine)

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It’s Winter Time And In TCM That Means It Is Kidney Season..So Are Your Pets Kidney’s Balanced? Here Are Some Signs To Look For According To TCM

 

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It’s Winter Time And In TCM That Means It Is Kidney Season..So Are Your Pets Kidney’s Balanced? Here Are Some Signs To Look For According To TCM

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the Kidney is our source chi and produces our life force energy. It’s sister meridian is the bladder and according to the 5 element theory a part of TCM, Winter is Kidney and Bladder season. So we will look at the Kidney from a TCM perspective in this blog and then explore the Kidney from a functional standard in the next blog.

The Kidney, known in Chinese as Shen, is a Yin organ, The Kidney and Bladder are sisters so when all is well they work together in harmony keeping the body and all of its organs hydrated and functioning. The Kidneys are the “root of life” because they are the source of the Yin and Yang for all the other organs. The Kidneys are the source of Original Chi, or “Pre-Natal Chi” which is derived from the Chi of the puppy’s or kitten’s parents. Although the Kidney is a Yin organ it also has Yang energy Kidney Yin provides for birth, growth and reproduction, while Kidney Yang is the moving force behind every physiological process of the body. The Kidneys are responsible for the life force energy of the dog’s or cat’s body. They control Jing, the Essence of life.

What do the Kidneys do? (TCM)

The Kidney plays a vital role in the body some of the kidneys functions include:

Storing essence and governing birth, growth, reproduction and development
Producing marrow, fill up the brain and control bones
Dominating water metabolism
Controlling the reception of Chi
Opening to the ears
Manifesting in the hair
Controlling the lower two orifices
Housing will power
Controlling fear based emotion and balanced threat assessment
Belonging to the Water Element

Source chi orKidney chi is similar to our genetics but can be affected by outside influences or pathogens (or epigenetics)

For instance if your pet was born in a safe environment with proper food caring and responsible fur and human parents odds are their source chi will be strong barring any genetic issues. If you have a rescue, odds are the source chi may be affected by theirpast environment and circumstances. ie: fear based issues, nutrition, etc but a lot of this can be remedied with proper care, nutrition and lots of love and patience

So if your pup or kitten has strong or balanced kidney chi,they will have a nice full coat with good quality fur A solid skeletal structure strong bones, healthy teeth, great hearing strong lungs ( kidneys pull lung chi down into the body ) good bladder control and a balanced fear response with controlled threat assessment.

Common Canine and Feline Indicators of an Imbalance of the Kidney Meridian

-Development and growth issues

-Bone problems including:

Fractures, overgrowth of bone, jaw and teeth abnormalities, periodontal issues

- Dull lifeless coat

- Oily or Dry Fur

-Lack of energy or enthusiasm

Common Emotional Indicators of an Imbalance in the Kidney Meridian Each organ system in TCM has an emotional component. Kidney houses fear:

-Easily frightened

- Chronic anxiety

- Fear based agression

So now you know a little bit about the Kidney and its function in TCM, for more info on the Kidneys, here is a good overview

http://www.itmonline.org/5organs/kidney.htm

One great point to balance out the Kidney is KI3

Next blog we will look into what happens as our pets get older; how it affects their kidneys’ and what you can do to support your pets so they can have a long and happy life.

KI3 BL60 top of the hock thin skin your fingers will slide into it on either side it is kind of like our Achilles this is actually two points KI3 and BL60 KI3 is a source point good for the kidneys which house original chi this will tonify source chi and give your pet a little boost also helps with bone marrow, brain function . Kidneys also house fear so this will help to Kidney’s Sister Meridian is the Bladder so that is helptobalance that out as well BL 60 is called the aspirin point and is good one to help with pain and stiffness in body. These two points are commonly used together as they are on sister meridians

KI3 BL 60

KI3 BL 60

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