Acupuncture Point Chart and Meridian Map for Dogs

Acupuncture Charts are an essential tool for every student of canine acupuncture. This page will provide you with acupuncture charts of all 12 canine meridians, including the most powerful canine acupuncture points.

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Canine Meridians & Acupuncture Points

All the acupuncture points are located on meridians. The concept of meridians plays an important role in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). They are considered pathways that facilitate the flow of life energy (Qi) throughout the body. Constant and free flow of Qi is essential to keep the body in balance and to maintain all its functions. Stagnant Qi causes malfunction and pain. 

Each acupuncture point has a specific set of disorders or health issues that it can be used for. Depending on the patient and the therapist’s level of education, an acupuncture point can be needled, treated with a laser, or massaged.

Acupuncture Point Chart for Dogs

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Canine Acupuncture Chart

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Learning the Meridians

According to TCM, meridians form a network of pathways through which all the energy in the body circulates. All the points that you’re going to treat are located on a meridian. There are 12 paired meridians, one on each side of the body, and 2 extra meridians running along the dorsal (back) and ventral (underside) midlines.

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Meridian NameShortcut
LungLU
Large IntestineLI
SpleenSP
StomachST
HeartHT
Small IntestineSI
PericardiumPC
Triple HeaterTH
LiverLIV
Gall BladderGB
KidneyKI
BladderBL

Canine Acupressure Charts – Printable PDF

We were asked many times in the past if there’s a printable eBook containing Acupressure Charts and Meridian Maps for dogs. Over the past weeks, we put together an eBook with our high-quality illustrations. The result is a handy, informative, and printable PDF containing maps of all 12 canine meridians and their most powerful Acupressure Points. This publication is a PDF document that you can either use on all of your digital devices or simply carry with you as a printout.

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Printable Acupressure Charts for Dogs
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How Can I Treat Acupuncture Points in my Dog?

Acupuncture points or pressure points can be treated with needles or laser by a certified acupuncturist or they can be massaged. Every dog owner can learn how to use those points to treat health issues in their dog or to prevent illness.

This useful and illustrated guide on Acupressure covers all the basics you need to know before starting your first session with your dog.

The Five Element Theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine

The five-element theory is an essential component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and forms a foundation for various therapeutic approaches. The five elements referred to in this theory are Water, Metal, Earth, Fire, and Wood. They represent internal organs, structures, and systems and outline connections between them. The Yin and Yang perspective of opposites can be applied to each element, each having a hollow and a solid organ.

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Valuable Tool to Make a TCM Diagnosis

Holistic veterinarians hold the view that the personality trait possessed by each animal match one of these elements. Disharmony in any of the elements can cause a dog to portray specific characteristics. An in-depth understanding of the workings and interrelation of the elements is essential to remedy such disharmonies.

Imbalance in any of these elements can be identified by observing behaviour patterns and, at times, physical symptoms. Interventions to restore balance are crucial because if untreated, an imbalance can cause problems in other body systems. Interventions that can be used to manage excesses or deficiencies in the energy of the elements include acupressure, dietary modification, and the use of herbal remedies. 

Acupressure helps to Balance Your Dog

Acupressure is one of the reliable interventions that can be used to manage imbalances in Qi. Acupuncture points associated with each of the elements have been identified and mapped.

Management can be done by applying firm pressure to a combination of acupoints that target meridians related to the identified deficiency or excess in the energy associated with a particular element. Treating these imbalances restores well-being in all systems. Knowing the primary traits of an animal is vital when investigating to identify affected elements. Acupuncture and acupressure charts can be used as guides to identify the acupoints to target during acupressure therapy.

This therapy can be used in combination with dietary modification. Foods can be classified into either hot, cold, or neutral. Each group can be used to manage an excess or deficiency in Qi resulting from dysfunction of a given element. Herbal supplements can also be used in combination with acupressure.

Case Study

One problem that has been elucidated using this approach is canine anxiety, which is thought to result from disarray in the interrelation between the water and fire elements, i.e., the kidney and the heart.

Anxiety results from the inability of water to regulate the fire element. This problem can develop with age, as the water-energy of the kidney depletes with advancing age. In managing this specific condition, acupressure points associated with the fire element should be targeted to relieve the excessive fire energy.

Cooling foods and herbal supplements can also be used. Cooling foods include whitefish, rabbit, duck, scallop, and cod. Cooling herbal supplements include asparagus tuber, Rehmannia, Schisandra, jujube seed, ginseng, and valerian. Combination therapies yield better outcomes.      

Frequently Asked Questions about Canine Acupressure

I’m looking for Acupressure Condition Charts to treat health problems in my dog.

Check out our Canine Acupressure Workbook, including a variety of condition charts for numerous canine health problems.

Are there Acupressure Points for Calming Dogs?

Yes, here is a chart with acupoints having a calming effect on your dog.

Are there Acupressure Charts for Download?

Yes, you can find a canine acupressure PDF for download here.

Is there also a free canine Acupuncture Chart?

You can download a free acupuncture chart for dogs here.

What conditions can be treated with acupressure?

You can use acupressure in any health condition to promote healing and support veterinary treatment. Acupressure is NOT a replacement for seeing a vet. On this website, you can find free condition charts for arthritis, elbow pain, hip pain, anxiety, nausea, and pain.


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