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Acupuncture Effective in Dogs: People have Practiced Acupuncture on Animals for About 3,500 Years

Only fairly recently have Western pet owners and veterinarians discovered Chinese medicine, a major component of which is acupuncture. This treatment can support your dog’s emotional, psychological and physical health. Now recognized as a valid veterinary alternative, the World Health Organization endorses acupuncture as an effective medical treatment. As initially-skeptical dog owners begin to see the positive results and understand its theory, they often become enthusiastic “converts.”

The Yin-Yang of It

Acupuncture supports the dog’s proper balance of its yin-yang qualities. Chinese philosophy describes yin as the dark or shady aspect; yang represents the sunny side. Both are necessary for an organism to exist. Yin cools, nourishes and slows things down; yang heats things up and moves quickly. This “unity of opposites” results in a state of health.

Canine acupuncture positively affects the dog’s body energy flow—or Qi—pronounced Chi. In theory, pain obstructs Qi. Acupuncture disperses this force thus restoring the Qi’s natural stream.

Relief for What Ails Your Dog

Acupuncture addresses the pain in a variety of conditions and disorders, including muscle and skeletal abnormalities, paralysis, arthritis, reproductive problems, and neurological illness. It also has a role improving your dog’s athletic performance. By stimulating nerves, increasing blood circulation, and relieving muscle spasms, it releases endorphins, a natural hormone that produces a feeling of well-being. Acupuncture’s role strengthening a dog’s immune system results in improved function of vital organ systems.

Healing With Needles: Examination and Treatment

As in modern, allopathic veterinary medicine, the acupuncturist or holistic veterinarian thoroughly examines the dog for external signs of illness. He or she will take your dog’s temperature, check for normal respiratory rates, check pulse rate, examine the tongue, and palpate the abdomen. The veterinary acupuncturist will ask about daily behavior patterns as well as food and water intake, defecation, urination, breeding history—if any, vaccinations, and whether your dog is or has been on any medications or has any known allergies.

When a canine patient’s problem persists despite conventional veterinary diagnostics and therapy, a dog owner may seek holistic modalities such acupuncture, chiropractic, and Chinese Herbs, which can successfully address chronic skin allergies, urinary incontinence, chronic diarrhea, and even chronic kidney failure.

There are many acupuncture points along the meridian pathway. Just as conventionally-trained veterinarians prescribe specific medications or treatments for particular illnesses or injuries, acupuncturists choose treatment points based on the diagnosis. Depending on the treatment plan, once inserted, the needles may be manipulated or simply kept in place.

The ultra-fine needles inserted at certain points along a meridian (or energy path), stimulate the body to good health. For most dogs—except those who are extremely anxious– this is virtually painless. Many animals relax or even fall asleep during the treatment that lasts anywhere from one to thirty minutes and remain calm for a day or two. Some may seem worse for up to two days following the treatment, but this is usually temporary.

How Many Acupuncture Sessions?

The practitioner may repeat sessions for four to five weeks before assessing progress. If the patient responds, further treatment may continue on a regular basis. Gradually and depending on the dog’s progress, treatments may decrease as intervals between them increase.

Some simple ailments or injuries require a single treatment, but more complex problems often take longer to resolve. Weekly treatments are common; acute cases can require as many as three treatments per week. As the dog improves, the frequency decreases.

How This Life Coach Creates Her Own Robust Lifestyle

How my experiences with grief and loss lead me to be a life coach

After experiencing repeated losses there came a time in my life when grief overwhelmed and crippled me. I wasn’t to know it then but that decade of darkness prepared me to coach others. While my grieving is no more or less painful than yours; through suffering, questioning, learning and growing I found the key to unlocking its vice-like grip.

There were critical things that I’d so very much aspired to but were out of reach and not at all within my control. I learned to let them go. The dreams of having those things were released as well. Then slowly and steadily, I pieced together the parts of my identity that remained, despite those years of disappointments and unfulfilled dreams.

It is true. I had lost touch with some aspects of my identity. Those things, roles and functions that I had expected as my birthright were not mine. They may never be. I did, however, arrive at a place of understanding that I would only ever live my life to its fullest once I embraced my authentic self. That’s how I learned the art of being able to at least imagine how it might feel for another human being to struggle, reach out and grow.

No matter what challenges lie in your path, or how bleak the day looks now, I hope to encourage you to look within, get real and make some small changes towards moving yourself from where you are now to where you want to be in the future.

I began authentic lifestyle planning with a discovery journal

When societal, peer group and personal norms and expectations didn’t match my actual lifestyle I began to question what was really important to me. Did it matter, for example, that at 33 years of age, I was less financially stable than I was as a teenager?

Furthermore, did it matter that I had not been blessed with children despite enduring years of unsuccessful endeavours and disappointments in pursuing that dream?

Did it matter that I’d lost my home and the partner who built it with me?

Did it matter that although highly qualified and experienced, there was little paid work available in my field? I won’t go on but I hope you get my drift!

Those were just some of the things that mattered to me for many years. I sensed it was time for me to let some go. While acknowledging that many of these things matter to others, it was time for me to create a lifestyle based upon principals and ideals that mattered to me and allowed me to grow.

A paradigm shift or two was in order. I’d tormented myself for far too long. I gave thanks for the resources at hand and acknowledged the very real constraints that bound me. One of the first things I did was question my faith and as a result I now embrace a wider understanding of spirituality. That is a topic for another day though!

Let’s move on now to get more an idea of what it means to engage in authentic lifestyle planning.

The Illustrated Discovery Journal

Sarah Ban Breathnach

When I look at the year this discovery journal was first published, I realise just how many years have passed since I stumbled upon it! Yikes! That was somewhere between 10 and 15 yrs ago for those who are wondering. 😉

I found my original copy today and was amazed to see how the images I stored in its pockets and the words I stated on its pages were almost a prophecy of what was to come. I’ve taken snapshots of some of the contents and they’re sprinkled through this article for your to see.

Remember when you were a kid and you used to love cutting up magazines and making collages from your favourite images? This journal gives you the chance to get back in touch with that inner child and make your very own, grown up vision board.

Images that give me comfort

The day I collected this post card I was in Sydney, having cashed in the last of my frequent flyer points so that I could enjoy a free mystery flight. The only problem was that when I got there and went to withdraw funds from my savings account I found that a redundancy payment, due the day before, had not yet landed!

This was the first time in my life that I discovered there were no funds in my account and there weren’t much more on the horizon.

I had $20 in my pocket and was yet to find my way back home from the airport at the end of the day. It was a confronting time and I spent most of it wondering around the tourist hotspots of Sydney but not eating very much at all.

Towards the end of the day I gravitated towards the Queen Victoria Building and immediately felt comforted by the architecture and ambiance. When I returned home I stored the post card in my Discovery Journal and was determined to create a robust lifestyle for myself no matter what.

By the way, the thesaurus tells me that other meanings for robust include strong, healthy and prosperous. That’s what I wanted!

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