Acupuncture Points in Dogs – Large Intestine Meridian

Learn the most important points used for acupuncture and acupressure in dogs. Here’s the trajectory of the Large Intestine Meridian including the location and clinical application of the most powerful points.

Acupuncture Points on the Large Intestine Meridian

Trajectory of the Large Intestine Meridian including the most frequently used points.

The Large Intestine Merdian in Dogs

The Large Intestine meridian is the Yang meridian of the Metal element. It starts in the front feet and ends with LI 20 right beside the nostril on the contralateral side. On its path, it crosses many important joints such as the shoulder and the elbow joints. Having a close relationship with those major joints points on the Large Intestine meridian are frequently used to treat issues affecting the elbow and shoulder joints. But there are more major indications to use point on this meridian such as allergies, skin issues and problems affecting the head.

Clinical Application of Pressure Points

  • LI 01 – Swelling and Pain of the face, dental pain, fever.
  • LI 04Pain in general, fever; dental, neck, shoulder and head pain; immunostimulation, dermatitis.
  • LI 10 – Pain in the forelimb, elbow problems, dental pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • LI 11Elbow problems, skin diseases such as dermatitis and allergies, diarrhea, constipation.
  • LI 15 – Shoulder pain, cervical problems.
  • LI 20 – Runny nose, skin disorders of the face, dental pain.

How to Treat Pressure Points

There are multiple different ways how to work with acupuncture points. Professional practitioners use needles or acupuncture lasers to stimulate them. But you can achieve a beneficial effect by massaging them with your hand as well. This technique is called acupressure.

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Point Work Techniques

During acupressure, you will use your hands to be aware of any changes happening in the body. These could either be an existing blockage or the free flow of Qi after removing a blockage by acupressure treatment. Learning to sense what the body is communicating takes practice. You can educate your hands by focusing on the various sensations experienced during these sessions and by learning what the sensations indicate.

Two-point work techniques include:

  • The Thumb Technique: During this technique, you’ll use the soft and fleshy part of your thumb at a 45 – 90° angle to the dog’s body. It’s best to use the thumb technique on the trunk of the body or the limbs of large dogs.
  • The Two-Finger Technique: To perform this technique, place your middle finger over your nail on your pointer finger, making a small tent between the two fingers. Then apply the soft portion of the pointer finger at a 45-90° angle from the dog’s body.

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Practise, Practise, Practise!

The meridians and acupoints that will be treated are just under the skin so you only need to apply gentle pressure. Extreme pressure could cause additional pain. If your dog ever shows signs of discomfort at any point, stop to apply pressure and move on to a different area.

If you are unable to feel changes in your dog’s body at first, that’s ok! It takes time to learn how to feel the sensation of moving chi and removing blockages through the hands. Simply apply gentle pressure for 1 – 30 seconds, focusing on the sensations created and closely watching your dog for any communication.

How do I Know it’s Working?

Signs that you’ve helped your dog release any blockages include release signals, such as yawning, rolling over, stretching, sighing, groaning, and passing air. Some dogs will even fall asleep during their sessions! Once your dog has shared a release signal, you’re safe to move on to another acupoint.

To work with your dog will not only help them to feel better but it can also help to build a strong bond between you. You’ll likely experience that your dog comes up to remind you that it’s time for their next acupressure session!

Metal Element

The Five Elements theory forms the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each of the five elements Wood, Fire, Earth, Water, and Metal include subcategories such as climate, body tissue, emotion, internal organ…

You can find more information on the five elemets here.

The five-element system also applies to your dog’s personality and physical constitution. Every dog can be categorized into one of the five elements. This gives us more information on dietary preferences and diseases predispositions.

The Metal Element Dog

Metal-type dogs are confident and consistent, they always stick to the rules and tend to be leaders. The hair coat of the metal-type dog is good, they are clean and slim.
Disease predispositions: Lung problems – cough, asthma, runny nose. Large intestine problems: constipation.

BowelLarge Intestine
Sense OrganNose
Body TissueSkin and Hair
Sound Crying

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Do you want to learn more about acupuncture points and acupressure? Don’t miss my Canine Acupressure Workbook on acupressure for dogs!

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