Banking up Earth to Control Water

Does your horse have swollen fetlocks? Does your dog have edema?
Does your horse have swollen fetlocks? Does your dog have edema?

by Beth Pelosa

Does your horse have swollen fetlocks? Does your dog have edema?

Using acupressure, the treatment of water swelling can be resolved by fortifying the Earth. Specifically, fortifying the Spleen and boosting Qi is known as banking up earth to control water. Here, water does not refer to the kidney merdian, but to water damp in the body.

If you want to help resolve this issue using acupressure, perform the following acupressure pointwork daily, until the issue is resolved.   You can also use this pointwork for prevention of water swelling.

FIRST- Tonify Sp3, the Source Point for the Spleen, which regulates Earth, strengthens the Spleen and Stomach meridians, and transforms dampness. With your thumb, gently rub the point clockwise on the right side of  your animal,  until the animal has a release of energy*, such as licking, yawning, passing gas, dropping their head, barking or whinnying, stretching or moving away from touch.

NEXT- Repeat on Left side of animal

Next- Tonify ST36, the Earth Point of the Stomach meridian; strengthens the Spleen’s transforming and transporting function. With your thumb, gently rub the point clockwise on the right side of your animal, until the animal has a release.

NEXT- Repeat on Left side of animal

Next- Tonify Liv 13, the Alarm Point for the Spleen, and the Influential Point of the Yin Organs; which strengthens the Spleen, especially Qi.  With your thumb, gently rub the point clockwise on the right side of your animal, until the animal has a release.

NEXT- Repeat on Left side of animal

*Note if the animal does not have an obvious release of energy, stimulate the point for 30 seconds, and move to the next point.

**Acupressure is not meant to replace regular veterinary care and treatment.

Learn more about these, and other powerful acupressure point groups, in RMSAAM’s Animal Acupressure Courses.

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