Pressure Points in Dogs – Lung Meridian

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

Pressure Points on the Lung Meridian

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Trajectory of the Lung Meridian including the most frequently used points.

The Lung Merdian in Dogs

The Lung meridian is the Yin meridian of the Metal element. It starts with LU 01 which is located on both sides of the chest. it then courses over the elbow joint and runs distally on the medial aspect of the forelimb.
The main indication to use Lung points are issues of the respiratory tract. But they can do more than that. LU 07, for instance, is the Masterpoint for the Head and Neck. It’s being used for a variety of conditions affecting this area.

Clinical Application of Pressure Points

  • LU 01 – cough, chest pain, asthma, shoulder pain.
  • LU 05 – cough with fever, as asthma with Phlegm, elbow problems and dermatitis.
  • LU 07 – neck and headache, cough, runny nose, acute respiratory conditions, cardiac problems.
  • LU 09 – palpitations, cardiac problems, asthma, chronic airway diseases and carpal pain.
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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.

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.

OrganLung
BowelLarge Intstine
Sense OrganNose
Body TissueSkin and Hair
EmotionGrief
SeasonAutumn
WeatherDryness
ColorWhite
Sound Crying

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