Bailey has been visiting us for acupuncture treatments to address her arthritis once monthly. You may recall her previous feature on the blog where we discussed addressing her Kidney Yin Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, and Liver Qi Stagnation. Recently, Bailey’s arthritis and rear limb weakness seemed worse. Her caretaker decided to increase the frequency of her acupuncture sessions to every two weeks.
During her most recent sessions, we have focused on mainly aquapuncture (a technique where vitamin B-12 or saline is injected into acupuncture points) to minimize Bailey’s stress and maximize the strength of her treatments. Since we increased the frequency of her treatments, Bailey has experienced better mobility and comfort. We have also noticed fewer focal seizures! While our main goal of treatment was to address her arthritis (Bony Bi syndrome caused by Kidney Yin Deficiency), points to alleviate seizures (Internal Wind caused by Liver Qi
Stagnation) are included in her sessions.
The following are excellent points for seizures that we have used during Bailey’s treatment sessions:
- GV-20: located on the top of the head. A centering or grounding point and also a local point for seizures
- Nao-shu: located ⅓ of the way along the line from the ear base to the outer corner of the eye. Known as the “brain association point”- an excellent point for epilepsy
- An-shen: located in the large depression behind the ear. A calming point and a local point for seizures
- GB-20: located in the depression on either side of the occipital protuberance. An excellent point to clear Wind (in TCVM, seizures are known as Internal Wind)
- BL-18: located along the spine just behind and to the side of the tenth thoracic vertebrae. The association point for the Liver. This point helps clear Liver Stagnation that leads to seizures.
Dr. Emily Falk, DVM, CVA