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!