Makoto Sashizu, DVM, PhD, Noriko Shimizu, DVM
Nippon Verterinary and Animal Science University, Acacia Anirnal Hospital Tokyo, Japan
YNSA is a new concept in veterinary medicine. Since we have recognized nodes around ear, which related to YNSA map, acupuncture and/or Superlizer were applied to treat specific clinical signs in several animal patients. Six clinical cases are presented for this meeting.
Case 1: A female 9 months old mongrel dog weighing l0 kg presented clinical signs such as convulsion of extremities especially during lateral recumbency for several months and decreased appetite and vigor were observed. Palpation: significant edema of the head; node on right G820. Pulse: slippery deep pulse. Tongue: Light-red. Coating: white-thin. Dx: Chronic convulsion of extremities by the spleen deficiency and stirring up of wind-phlegm. TX: acupuncture: GB2O and GV2OA, Herb: Liu Jun Zu Tang and Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang. Results: edema of head disappeared right after the acupuncture and the convulsion resolved 5 weeks treatment of acupuncture (1/week) and herbs. Node of BGl2 disappeared.
Case 2: A fourteen years female Japanese mixed cat weighing 2.8kg showed ataxia for 5 months and the signs getting worse at night. Other clinical signs include foreleg knuckling, recurrent constipation and diarrhea, and occasional vomiting. Dx: ataxia and disequilibrium caused by spleen deficiency and stirring up of wind-phlegm. Tongue: light-red. Pulse: slightly weak and slippery. Palpation: nodes on left Y2 and A point. Tx: Superlizer on left YU2 and A point with Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang Jia Gouteng. Result: ambulant improved significantly after the first treatment of Superlizer. However, it took 2 months until the ambulant was stabilized and the acupuncture point changed to GB 12 and the node of GB 12 became very smaller with the improvement of clinical signs.
Case 3: A three years old male Pomeranian weighing 2.3kg was presented ataxia and lack of appetite by the hydrocephalus for 2 weeks. Dx: stirring up of wind-phlegm and nodes on right Yl and right GB 12. Tx: Superlizer on right Yl and right GB 12 and later of GB2OA was utilized and Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang jia jian was administered. Result: the ambulant improved significantly and the cat can walk outside for 30 min. however, a slight ataxia remained.
Case 4: A eighteen years old female Himalayan cat vomited for 10 months and horizontal nystagmus lasted from kitten. Dx: vomiting was due to pyloric stenosis. Tongue: slightly red. Pulse: deep and weak. Palpation: node on right 5J18 or Sjl9. TX: pyloric stenosis was surgically treated and Superlizer was applied on right SJ 18 or SJ 19. Result: vorniting resolved and the horizontal nystagmus disappeared right after treatment however, it appeared again with much smaller magnitude of horizontal nystagmus.
Case 5: A thirteen years old Japanese mixed cat weighing 3.8kg has been treated for uncontrollable diabetic mellitus for 3 years. Other clinical signs were thirsty and easy to dehydrate. DX: kidney yin deficiency. Palpation: large hot nodes (l.5cm) on left kidney Y8(Yin) and small nodes on both side of BLS2. TX: acupuncture every other day on each nodes. Results: blood glucose level decreased significantly and blood glucose level can be controlled much easier. The large hot node on the Y8 became much smaller (2-3mm) after a week.
Case 6: A female 6 months old Raburadol Retriever weighing l2kg was referred as congenital portasystemic shunt (PSS). Clinical signs were seizure after the meal, lack of appetite, diarrhea and emaciation. DX: portasystemic shunt (western DX) and liver yin (blood) deficiency with internal stirring up of liver wind. Tongue: pale-white. Pulse: deep and weak. Palpation: nodes on GBl2 and Yl (Yang). TX: every PSS dogs had surgery to repair abnormal blood vessel from portal to systemic circulation. All the cases of PSS had big node (l cm) on GBl2. It is interesting to observe a big node on GB 12 in cases of PSS since the poor blood flow to the liver is obvious in this condition.
We have observed nodes on head of animals similar to YNSA map and the treatment on these nodes were quite successful to palliate or resolve the clinical problems. However the area of nodes were relatively small to recognize the exact relationship with the expected organ systems in small animals.