Who Opened the Gate for that Dog?


Written by Beth Pelosa

The 4 gates is an acupuncture point combination consisting of 2 different points; Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4, stimulated at the same time bilaterally. Since acupressure practitioners only have two hands, and don’t use needles, the gates are opened one side of the body at a time.

Liver 3 is a source point. It is known among practitioners as the most important point for stagnation of the inner body. Liv3 is helpful in animals to disperse stagnant liver energy and harmonize the liver energy. Liv 3 is known to help with detoxification, calming effect on the nervous system to alleviate restlessness, irritability, stress, and anxiety, low back pain. This point gets energy moving!   Liv 3 on a dog is located on the medial aspect of the 2nd toe, located between the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones.

Large Intestine 4 is a source point. Large Intestine 4 balances the Large Intestine meridian. It is helpful when used to strengthen the immune system, helps reduce skin irritations, allergies, to clear heat and inflammation , to help any type of problem with the face which including TMJ. It is used for PAIN anywhere in the body. LI 4 on a dog is located in the webbing of the dew claw.

Together, these points circulate the free flow of qi and blood through the body. They help to open all the meridians, increase circulation, and decrease pain anywhere in the body. The 4 Gates can also be used for animals rescued from abuse to help release emotional issues such as feelings of being trapped or stuck in a situation.

Stimulate both points of the right side of the dog for 30 seconds, or less if you get a release, such as a lick, chew, yawn bark, or passing gas. Repeat on the right side.

Your dog will be happy you opened the gates!

If you are interested in becoming a Large and or Small Animal Massage or Acupressure practitioner, go to the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure website for practitioner course information and dates www.rmsaam.com.

For private acupressure sessions for your dog or horse contact Beth Pelosa, Certified Large and Small Animal Massage and Acupressure Practitioner, and RMSAAM’s Animal Acupressure Instructor.

For an appointment or more information, Beth can be contacted at: 303-746-7786 bpelosa@rmhhai.org or visit Beth’s website Rocky Mountain Holistic Healing Arts Institute and sign up for her free newsletter, and receive 6 free online human and animal acupressure lessons. www.rmhhai.org