Dakota is a sweet 11 year old spayed female yellow Labrador Retriever
that presented for thunderstorm phobia, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, and
osteoarthritis of the elbows. She was on traditional western medications for
anxiety, vomiting, itching, and joint pain.
Her Chinese diagnosis was Heart
Shen disturbance, rebellious Stomach Qi, Damp Heat, and Boney Bi Syndrome. She
had deficiencies in Yang, Blood, and Qi, as well as Qi and Blood Stagnation in
her elbows causing pain. The goal of acupuncture was to calm her Shen to
reduce anxiety, balance her Spleen and sedate her Stomach to resolve the
vomiting, dispel Damp Heat to relieve itching, and tonify and move Qi and Blood
to relieve the stagnation causing joint pain.
GV20, GV14 and HT7 were used to
calm her Shen (spirit, mind) and influence Yang. BL20, BL21, ST36 and SP6 were used
for her stomach problems and to tonify Blood, Yin and Qi. He-Sea points such as
LI11 were used to release Damp Heat and GB31 was used for general itching.
BL11, GB34, BL17, LIV3/LI4 were used for the Qi and Blood stagnation that was
causing her pain, and local elbow points such as LI10, LI11, TH10, SI8, and
Zhou Shu were used to remove obstructions in the channels around the elbows.
Dakota no longer has anxiety or vomiting, has markedly reduced itching and has
shown improvement in her mobility and overall energy level. Dakota is a
wonderful example of the array of issues our geriatric pets can have that are
responsive to acupuncture.