HOW TO BALANCE FOR GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS IN ANIMALS
Antonio Alfaro, DVM, MSc., CVA, CVTP, CBMP.
Centro Veterinario para el Diagnóstico por Imágenes y Terapia Complementaria.
Retired Profesor, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.
Instructor of Equine Clinics, Universidad Veritas San José, Costa Rica.
In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), the gastrointestinal system from mouth to anus belongs to the Earth Element1. Many patterns have been described that affect the harmonious balance between the Earth Organs, Spleen and Stomach. The diagnosis is usually done by 5 Elements and Zang-Fu relationships disorders identification and it is widely assess in a recent publication1. As a contribution to the use of pattern differentiation and herbal therapy, the author discusses how to use the Balance Method of I-Ching Acupuncture2. The core of the Balance Method (BM), is the identification of the Channel or Channels affected as number 1 step, following by the use of an strategy that picks in 6 different systems or step 2, the least amount of Meridians and then the least amount of points as step 3 to generate equilibrium back again. The external pathways of Channels that transect from the mouth to the anus in the gastrointestinal system is basically related to both foot and hand Yangming, Foot Taiyin, and Foot Shaoyin with Foot Jueyin and Shaoyang more to the sides. The author will introduce the concept of “4 Magical Meridians” and “8 Magical Points” to Balance for Digestive Disturbances from the Balance Method as a mean of increasing the number of possibilities that the practitioner has in terms of choosing Acupuncture Points to solve simple or complicated gastrointestinal diseases in animals2.