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January: Balance Method Acupuncture for Epilepticus

Saturday, 01 January 2022 09:00

CASE REPORT

BALANCE METHOD ACUPUCTURE TREATS REPERCUSIONS OF A SEVERE STATUS EPILEPTICUS IN A MINIATURE SCHNAUZER

Alicia López, DVM, CVA, CVBMA. Costa Rica

History: A four years old, neutered female Schnauzer, was presented on April 18 to a Veterinary Hospital facility with severe status epilepticus, the owner commented that the seizures began immediately after the spaying surgery on April 17 at another veterinary facility. The vet suspects ketamine overdose or too long anesthesia time. They did proper stabilization protocol and stop the seizures in about 12 hours.

Blood Exams: white cell count: 20,7 x 10 9/mL (N: 6-17 x 10 9/mL), neutrophils:  84,6 % (N: 60-83%), AST: 75,9 U/L (N: 19-70 U/L), BUN: 6mg/dl (N: 8-33mg/dl).

Physical exam and TCVM exam: body temperature 40°C, high respiratory rate, high heart rate and arrhythmia; both, eyes very reddened, poor Shen, alopecia around the eyes, no proprioception in any limb, abdomen tightness. Pulse was very irregular, strong, forceful with thrill. Tongue was pale and difficult to observe. See VIDEO 1.

According to Balance Method Strategy Step 1: Diagnosing the Sick Channel. In this case, we have to think about what Channels go to the head.1-2 See Figure 1.

Figure 1

Figure 1.: Head Channels.

All the Yang Channels go to the head but in this case, LI is not considered. Step 2 determines the treating Channels based on the Six systems of the Balance Method.1-2 See Table 1.

Affected

channel

SYSTEM 1

SYSTEM 2

SYSTEM 3

SYSTEM 4

SYSTEM 5

SYSTEM 6

ST

Pelvic Limb (PL) Yangming

LI

TL Yangming

PC

Thoracic Limb (TL) Jueyin

SP

Pelvic Limb (PL) Taiyin

PC

TL Jueyin

LI

TL Yangming

ST

PL Yangming

SI

Thoracic Limb (TL) Taiyang

BL

PL Taiyang

SP

PL Taiyin

HT

Thoracic Limb (TL) Shaoyin

LIV

Pelvic Limb (PL) Jueyin

BL

PL Taiyang

SI

TL

Taiyang

TH Thoracic Limb (TL) Shaoyang

GB

 PL Shaoyang

KID

PL Shaoyin

PC

TL Jueyin

SP

PL Taiyin

GB

PL Shaoyang

TH

TL Shaoyang

BL

 Pelvic Limb (PL) Taiyang

SI

TL

Taiyang

LU

TL Taiyin

KID

PL Shaoyin

LU

TL Taiyin

SI

TL

Taiyang

BL

PL Taiyang

GB

Pelvic Limb (PL) Shaoyang

TH

TL Shaoyang

HT

TL Shaoyin

LIV

PL Jueyin

HT

TL Shaoyin

TH

TL Shaoyang

GB

PL Shaoyang

GV

CV

Table 1.: Balancing Channels according to the Six Systems

After that, the next is Step 3: Point Selection: The  Mirroring and Imaging Formats are the two most effective methods.1 See Figure 2.

figure 2

Figure2.: Point Selection Diagram

Results: After the needles were taken out, almost all points bled a lot. The animal recovers proprioception at one week after this treatment and no more fever was detected. Animal has been reported as doing great after the second treatment since she is located far from the Acupuncture Clinic. We are in contact and no more seizures nor repercussions have been seen. See VIDEO 2.

REFERENCES

  1. Tan R. Acupuncture 1,2,3. San Diego, CA: Abebooks 2007:1-157.
  1. López A, Alfaro A. Balance Method Veterinary Acupucture. AJTCVM. 2020; 15, 75-84.