Welcome to acupuncture in practice! Say “Hello” to Gimli, a 2.25 year old large terrier mix who struggled with giardia reinfection and chronic, intermittent diarrhea for a little over 1 year of his young life! The good news is that through his Integrative Medicine plan, we combined Western treatments and diagnostics, acupuncture, herbs and nutritional supplements in order to get his digestive tract on track. I’m happy to report, and so is he, that our last visit was simply a routine wellness and balancing treatment. As mentioned last week, we are focusing on “designing” the acu-point RX this month. Here were the treatment or “design” principles we used over the past year for Gimli’s case:

Clear the Excess – the giardia was an exterior triggering factor that caused Excess Damp and Heat in the Small Intestines and Spleen. This manifested as explosive, smelly, water diarrhea and also mucousy diarrhea at times. Shu-Stream points are excellent at directing the pathogenic factor away from the main organs. He-sea points clear Damp Heat.

Tonify the Deficiency – as Gimli was a rescue and very thin at the time of adoption, I treated him for Spleen and Wei Qi deficiency based on those signs and his history. Back Shu or Association points can be utilized tonify the deficiency. Empirical points and points that tonify the Kidney/Spleen/Lung are useful for boosting Wei Qi (along with food therapy an herbs)

Support the affected Organs – Parasite infection in the GI tract can be considered and treated as Organ Bi. In this case, you utlize the same principles as with musculoskeleletal Bi syndrome – move Qi an Blood to resolve stagnation and restore smooth flow, clear pathogenic factors, strengthen the function of the affected organs, tonify Wei Qi and Ying Qi.

Clear Heat/Damp Heat/Excess from the Yang Ming – the Stomach, Small Intestine and Large Intestine are all Yang Ming organs and more easily susceptible to the invasion of external pathogens and are directly susceptible to the effect of the pathogens.

Let’s try creating our Acupoint RX based on these “design principles”…

Clear the Excess Damp and Heat from the Small Intestines and Spleen:
SP 6, ST 36, SP 3, SI 3, ST 43, LI 4

Tonify the Deficiency – Spleen, Wei Qi
SP 6, BL 20 (Spleen), BL 17 (Blood), BL 23 (Kidney/Jing), LU 7 (empirical Wei Qi)

Support Affected Organs – Spleen, Small Intestines, Stomach, Large Intestine
BL 20, BL 27, BL 21, BL 25

Clear the Yang Ming –
LI 4, ST 44, Lower He Sea Points

These are only a selection of points that are useful! Please feel free to respond with your favorite points and herbal formulas for Intestinal Parasites and associated GI syndromes. GI parasites are an everyday occurrence in veterinary medicine. Please share a case with IVAS! You can share it here or email IVAS with your case and we will post it 

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