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Acu in Practice: A Hip Horse

Welcome to acu in practice! This week I’m posting live from the beautiful barn where we are holding the equine hands-on portion of the U.S. certification course. Today during the treatment demos, this horse was diagnosed with tension in the Dai Mai channel/blockage in the Dai Mai. This is the extraordinary vessel that wraps around the hips and pelvis. When it is locked up, pain, sensitivity and undesired behaviors may show up. Sensitivity can specifically be found at the thoracic vein caudal to PC 1 and at BL 26. There may be a temperature gradient where the caudal half of the body is cooler than the cranial half.

The core acupoints for this gelding were: Kid 27 first to relax the fascia that extends all the way to the pelvis. Lumbar Ba Hui and BL 26 Dai Mai - open with GB 41 on left and close with TH 5 on right

Following the treatment there was a significant reduction in reactivity when scanning the patient. Even the barn dogs noticed the difference!

This post was created by Nell Ostermeier, DVM, CVA, FAAVA and is intended for informational use not to replace medical advice.


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