Acupuncture Point Chart and Meridian Map for Dogs

An Acupuncture or Acupressure point chart helps us to locate pressure points on our dog’s body surface. All the points are aligned on meridians. I created point charts for all the meridians in the dog. They help you to locate the points and learn about their functions.

Meridians & Acupoints

All the acupoints 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. 

Acupuncture Point Chart of the Large Intestine Meridian in Dogs

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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.

Click on the merdians to go to the point charts.

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

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How Can I Use 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.

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 any 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. Acupoints 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 wellbeing 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.      



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