Louie is a 13 year old neutered male dachshund that
presented for acute onset hind end paralysis due to a slipped disc in the
middle of his back. He was completely paralyzed, and it was hard to tell if he
had any deep pain sensation in his feet at all. He seemed to react to
acupuncture needles placed in his rear legs, so I was cautiously optimistic
about the prognosis of his neurological injury
Louie is a very shy, timid,
sweet dog. He has a Water constitution. The Water element is ruled by the
Kidneys and Bladder, and the Kidneys rule the bones and the back in Traditional
Chinese Medicine. A deficiency in the Kidney or Bladder meridian can result in
hind end weakness and back issues.
Louie’s diagnosis was Kidney Yang deficiency
with Qi and Blood stagnation in the Bladder channel. The stagnation of Blood
and Qi results in pain and paralysis.
Louie received traditional acupuncture,
electro-acupuncture, aquapuncture, laser therapy and Chinese herbal
medications. The owner elected to continue conventional medications such as
gabapentin for neurologic pain, but also utilizes The Pet Patch, which delivers
an electromagnetic current for the alleviation of pain locally, as well as
homeopathic analgesics (arnica, Traumeel) and CBD (Cannabidiol) oil. The CBD
oil resulted in markedly improved pain relief as well as an improved appetite.
morning after the fourth acupuncture treatment, Louie stood up and supported
himself on his rear legs! Louie will continue acupuncture weekly with the hope
of regaining complete function of his rear legs.
Five months after his injury, Louie is running with full use of his rear legs! Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and laser therapy along with conventional pain medications gave Louie his mobility and comfort back.