Anatomy, fascia, chi, and the Tao , in Equine Acupuncture.

Anatomy, fascia, chi, and the Tao , in Equine Acupuncture.

I have a degree in Science.  Western Science is still trying to catch up with what the Ancients knew, and brought down to us via Acupuncture. 

Consider a recently dead horse. If you do the anatomy you will find all the parts there including the fascia. The acupuncture point LOCATIONS are still there. But there are no acupuncture points. You cannot feel them. You cannot do acupuncture on a dead horse. There is no chi. There is fascia but no chi, no life-force.

In the dead body there are no holes where the acupuncture needle could go. Actually you can put an acupuncture  needle into any part of it, it is just meat. But there will be no acupuncture effect. To be doing acupuncture and thinking in terms of a dead body is not so good. A living body is full of life, every single atom is alive, full of chi. This is very very different to a dead body.

To get an idea of what is chi, when you put your hands out and apart ,you can feel ( or learn to feel) an energy running between them, and you can learn to strengthen or weaken this energy, and direct it., It would be silly to say, ‘the fascia in my hands are communicating.’ It is being done with consciousness, and intention directed through the hands.

This is the mistake that modern Western acupuncture makes. They want it to be scientific and , this means complicated. So they have invented the fascia theory of how acupuncture might work.

When you touch someone you can touch them with love, or you can touch them as if they are dead. Do they respond to the love as if they are dead.? No, they feel the intention.

The modern theory posits the fascia network with chains of fascia , or anatomy trains but when you look at it you see it is just the tendino muscle meridians, the energy fields of the muscles and tendons associated with the channels. This has been known about for ages in acupuncture theory. It may be new to Western thoughts who have only heard about the main channels, but I assure you it is not new. It has been known about.

Some people want a scientific and logical explanation for acupuncture so they can accept it. But this is like asking for a scientific and logical explanation for Nature. Nature is there. Enjoy it. Take part in it. Sow the seeds, pull the weeds, get into the rhythms.

All of Nature is connected. There is a web that connects us all. Within us this web also exists. It interconnects all the points but it is not physical. In some explanations it is called etheric. It is like an ether. It is a field in which consciousness can create via intention,if you are connected into it. In 1980 came out the book , the Web that has no Weaver. It was a classic study for all acupuncture students at that time. All the different energy channels and fields are like this. But they are not in a dead body. They are part of the livingness.

By the way, you might think that a body is solid beacuse’ meat’ is solid and a skeleton is solid. But in the living energized body everything hass holes. There is no substance. It is all energy.  In the Assumption ,of Mary, she has proven this. She took her body with her. No physical body remained. Other great souls have also done this. And there are some whose bodies don’t decay after death for several weeks. It just shows we are not the dead body and we that death is  not the result of illness.

The Tao, of the Chinese, starts off as One, js like the Web. Then it divides into Two.

The Earth itself has meridians which are called variously Songlines, leylines, Michael lines, Mary lines Dreamtime lines. The points of them are sometimes called Sacred sites. You and your horse can turn your barn or farm into a sacred site.  You have  angels on your farm.

Tooth abscess and Sinus infection- Horse

Case Study on Horse with tooth abscess and Sinus infection by Anna Llambias

Manus is a 12 year old Connemara Gelding that had what the owner said started with a fungal infection in the upper respiratory tract about 12 months previously and didn’t clear up. She then consulted numerous Vets and had X-rays done which showed that he had an abscess around two molars in the upper left jaw. As the antibiotics did not clear up the infection or tooth abscess the owner was given the option by the vets to pull the teeth out and do invasive surgery into the nasal cavity to operate on the Sinus. She didn’t want to take this option as pulling the teeth would cause other problems for the horse in the future and the sinus operation would require a lengthy recovery period with no guarantee of success.

On speaking with the owner she informed me that Manus’s paddock mate had died shortly before the onset of this infection and he had been in a paddock on his own since. As grief is the emotion that causes abscesses in the body we put this down as the initial cause of the infection.

I started the Acupuncture treatment using the points BL17 and GB31 for the abscess and also used moxabustion. LI1 and Lu11 were used to clear fire and L15 was used for the face and to ease the chest. BL13 was used for the grief and SP21 to disperse any blockage in the lungs.
The owner reported that following the initial treatment Manus had a yellow mucous discharge from the nose. This was still present at the time of the second treatment. I suspected that this could have been the sinus infection trying to clear.

The second treatment was done within the same week and the same points were used.
The owner at this time also borrowed a paddock mate for Manus from her sister in law so he now has another horse with him and is no longer on his own. This will play a large part in Manus being able to heal.

Two more treatments were done the next week and the owner reported that the discharge from his nose had stopped.

Two more treatments were done on the third week and a yellow/green discharge from the nose had started again. Acupuncture points BL12, CV22, LI20 and Yintang for the nasal discharge and sinuses were added to the treatment.

On the fourth week the horse still had a nasal discharge with the owner reporting that he had a bad smell coming from his mouth that she had noticed when feeding him.
I used the same acupuncture points as last week.

Upon the second treatment of the fourth week the horse had a profuse and very smelly discharge from his left nostril only, which the owner said had been present for the last few days.
The smell was extremely offensive and lingering, unlike any previous discharge.
I treated the horse using the same points as the last treatment, using moxa on BL17 at each treatment.
I believe this was the tooth abscess erupting into the sinus cavity and starting to clear.

During the fifth week there was still some discharge from the nose but the offensive smell was no longer present. The owner at this time consulted with a Vet who put Manus on a course of antibiotics for a week.
The course of antibiotics was completed last week.

It is now the seventh week since Acupuncture treatment started and the owner reports that Manus is going well and was ridden for the first time this week after months of not being able to be ridden.

Treating scars with needles and moxa

Scars should be examined upon first treating the horse. Depending on the age and depth of a scar it may be causing a Qi blockage which can allow other weaknesses to form. Assess to see if scars are related to any current symptoms. The following methods help the immune system by stimulating self healing forces
Shallow needling (1mm or less) at end points of the scar will create a current and restore Qi flow. 

For old scars needling may be done along the course of and within the superficial area under the skin only. Has immediate results and should not be painful.
On occasion deeper needling may be used to restore blood flow and Qi to deeper areas.

If scarring is over a large area with thick tissue damage use moxa lightly by beginning at the boundary and working in a circular motion to the centre then work your way back out again. 20 minutes of this daily for 5-10 days should heal up any scarring.
*Do not use this method of any heat/inflammation is present.

Equine facial diagnosis

Case study(to help explain how this works) ; from Suzette.

Horse presented as below for Cysts( swelling in nose)

Suggested treatment; the Lungs are Full and causing the phlegm accumulation on nose.

You will see the chest area is very full and there is a line down the side which runs up close to the Lung Back Shu point.

  Cyst is in lungs area on facial diagnostic chart

What you need to do is clear the phlegm from the chest . So points.

Cv22 Cv17 Bl12, 13, Sp21  Lu11, Li5, will be main points.

After pics :

On the equine transpositional systems, numbering systems for horses.

Re; transpositional systems.

This is a very interesting question and one I have thought about for a long time.

It seems there are two kinds of transposition. The anatomic and the energetic.

First,  there is not an agreement on point naming. There are about 3-4 different systems just for horses. And over the years there have been at least 3 different  naming systems for humans too. Before Mao the points only had names which were according to their qualities not numbers. He realized the importance of acupuncture and brought all the practitioners together and they developed a numbering system probably in the 40”s.  So a numbering system would be Ki1, Ki2, k3 etc. before that they only had names such as Baihui. (meaning roughly ;100 meeting points)

This system then came to west in the early 70”s.  This is for humans.  Anatomic locations were given for the point locations but only worked as a guide to help find the points. The practitioner had to have the feel in the hands to get the exact position of the point. And then could feel the nature of the point.  This took me one year to get the feel in my hands. Before that it was a bit hit and miss. Without the feel the acupuncture is meaningless. Or at best a bit rough.

At this time some veterinarys in the west decided to try to apply to animals. Which is good. They had not experience with humans and the energetic nature of the points. So they used the anatomic correlations.  This formed the first transpositional systems.  Except there are some problems here too. They cant be too exact as  humans and horses are not anatomically similar in many ways. Humans and dogs are more anatomically similar.

And the energetic effects also vary. This can only be determined by feel.

So anatomically horse has 17 thoracic ribs and humans 12.  So where do the back shu points being 12 transpose to the 17 thoracic ribs  on the horse.  There is not an agreement anatomically.  But when it comes to energetics and functions it is quite clear but one needs to have experience with people and the qualities of the points of people( not book learning) to feel this energetically.  So for example Bl12 is for cough. In the system one is using is Bl12 useful for cough? If it is below the withers as in some anatomical systems it wont.   

But there is an agreement that Baihui meaning 100 hundred meeting points gets transposed from the top of the head (GV20) in humans to the top of the Hind end in the horse which are not anatomically similar but energetically similar.

Neck is much longer in a horse and has a lot more points so where do they transpose to?

As far as the ting points go the system I use is not completely  anatomically transpositionally correct. It is energetically correct and simpler. Yang is protection and the yang points are on the  outside where the protection is needed, not the front.  (esp of hind end where the least protection is needed at the front)But it does not seem to matter which system you use. Correctness is not a word for acupuncture. If there is a result, it works. As well the ting points are so very strong they have a broad range of effect. And if the practitioner has a feeling for it ,he or she will know if it is working and respond with other points to get the result. And it is this feeling that I hope to convey in the course. Then the names wont matter.  That is my challenge.

One also has to consider bipeds such as goats and cows. How do you do the anatomic transposition there? You will see there is an inside and outside more obviously , forming the yin and the yang.

But they do matter when it comes to communication among colleagues , to know that you are talking about the same points.  Usually , if you knew the chinese names, you could add those.  Or point to them on the charts. And in books you need to know they are talking about the same points.   After a while you get a sense for what point is being used and you will know which one they are talking about in your system even if you use a different  number.

Even in my human book I have to ‘interpret’ what point is meant. It uses both chinese name , and a numbering system.  But which numbering system? I sometimes have to look up the Chinese name to make sure .

In conclusion there is no need for a controversy. There is no correct. There is what works. And this is also very person to person oriented. What works for one person may not work for another.  But try to get on the same page with each other in communicating.