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Answer to “Name That Point!”

NAME THAT POINT! Linda Lauper, DVM, CVA, CHP,CTP

I promised you a run-of-the-mill, blah point with no ancient Chinese tale behind it this time. Well, even though this month’s point is a regular point, I don’t think it’s boring at all. A powerful influential point, it is equally useful in equine and canine athletes.

You have been working on a 5 year old Quarter horse cutting mare. You’ve diagnosed right stifle chronic proliferative synovitis with medial meniscal damage. Because of the chronic nature of the stifle injury, this gorgeous mare also exhibits fatigue of her left hind suspensory origin on palpation and ultrasound exam. She also exhibits clinical signs of gastric ulcers (stomach heat). Focusing on her balancing her stomach meridian (i.e. stifle and ulcers) you want to add additional support for the medial meniscal injury and suspensory fatigue.

You choose the tendon-ligament influential point located at the interosseous space between the tibia and fibula between the long and lateral digital extensors, cranial and distal to the head of the fibula. In TCM, it is also a He-Sea point, known as “Influential point for Sinews”. It strengthens Jin, moves stagnant Liver Qi and relieves body/muscle pain.

WHAT IS: GB 34!

Answer to “What Herb Am I?”

WHAT HERB AM I - Rachel Austin, DVM, CVA, GDCHVM

It is the middle of summer in Arizona and the temperatures are hitting the 100's. Your client brings in a 3 year, FS,

It is the fall season in Vermont when the leaves are changing colors and the days change from warm and sunny to cool and windy. A client brings you a young canine patient that has been vomiting, with restlessness, lethargy, and inappetence but extreme thirst causing accidents in the house. The client noted that a few months prior her dog was seen at her regular vet for a mild fever and shifting leg lameness. She was treated with NSAID's and it resolved. When you examine the patient, she has swollen hocks, pain on BL23 palpation, and minor petechiae on the gums. The tongue has a slight purple hue and the pulse is wiry and forceful. You check for heat and other active points and find GB 25 and 39 also active. On lab work, there is a thrombocytopenia, an increased BUN and Creatinine, as well as USG of 1.016 with 3+ protein.  You question the owner to find that they are avid hikers and the dog had many ticks removed this past summer.  You decide this is a Shao Yang disorder and while you are awaiting the results of your other tests, you decide to start a Chinese Formula that has as its chief herb one that can expel pathogens to the exterior and harmonize. It is bitter and cooling. You pic the formula Xiao Chai Hu Tang because its chief herb can accomplish this action.  What herb am I?

What is Chai Hu

Save the Date – AHVMA’s 2018 Annual Conference

2018 AHVMA Annual Conference
Dates: October 4 – 7, 2018
Location: Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center - Kissimmee, Florida
Attendee and general exhibitor registration opens in early 2018. Please visit www.ahvma.org and like AHVMA on Facebook for updates and information.

2018 Congress Call for Papers

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COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAINS

September 5-8, 2018

IVAS 44th Congress on Veterinary Acupuncture
Held at Beaver Run Resort
Breckenridge, Colorado

 

Download the 2018 Congress Call for Papers