Cher is a 14 year old spayed female Corgi Shepherd Mix that
came to me for arthritis and a cantaloupe sized mass inside her right rear leg.
The mass made it even more difficult for her to walk.
Cher has a Wood constitution and would get grumpy with
needle placement at first. Her Woody personality predisposed her to Liver Qi
stagnation which causes a TCVM condition where the Liver overacts on or insults
the Spleen causing dampness in the body. Dampness can settle in the joints and
cause Damp Bi or arthritis. The lump she has is Dampness that has stagnated and
turned to Phlegm.
Cher received acupuncture and was placed on Chinese herbs to
dry Dampness, stimulate her immune system, tonify and move Qi and Blood to
resolve pain, and transform Phlegm. I also incorporated a protocol developed by Dr. Are Thoresen, that uses the Five Elements theory, and I needle the control point
of the meridian where the mass is located to shrink the growth.
After 2 treatments,
Cher had more energy, was running, and getting on and off the bed. The mass inside
her right rear leg started changing dramatically. At first, it became softer.
Then, it lost the attachment to the muscle and drooped down the inside of her
leg. It started separating into several lumps, and after that, got
progressively smaller. The mass shrunk down to a size where Cher has no
difficulty walking now.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is, in
essence, applied Chinese Philosophy. It looks
for highly relevant details in a patient’s history and physical examination
that are overlooked by conventional veterinarians such as their personality,
environment, diet, temperature preferences, and tongue and pulse qualities. These
metaphoric observations tell a story about the patient’s pattern of imbalance,
and then acupuncture, Chinese herbs, food therapy and even Tui Na (Chinese
massage) are done, with great success, to restore health.