Animal Acupressure Blog

Amazing Acupressure Point Series #4: Classical Point - An Shen, Peaceful Spirit

By: Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis Classical acupressure points are taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine literature. These acupoints may or may not be located on the 12 major Meridians or 2 Extraordinary Vessels. Classical points have their own Chinese “pinyin” name and their own functions and energetics. An Shen, Peaceful Spirit, is especially powerful and commonly used for dogs and cats. This Classical point is not associated with  [READ POST]

Writing Your Animal Acupressure Case Studies

Whether your acupressure sessions are on your own animals or on other people’s animals, it is important to keep session notes (case studies). Session notes are where you summarize your findings during the Four Examinations, list which acupoints you selected for point work, notate responses or reactions from the animal and make recommendations for upcoming sessions. The format may vary depending on your audience. If it is a case study to s [READ POST]

Enhancing Feline Digestion with Acupressure

By Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis, Authors of ACU-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure ( The feline is a natural predator and a protein obligate, that is, they must eat a high protein (meat-based) diet, which further explains why they have served humans since the days of the ancient Egyptians. Dining on mice gives a cat exactly the nutrition he needs including  [READ POST]

Animal Acupressure Point #13: Small Intestine 4 (SI 4)

AMAZING ACUPRESSURE POINT SERIES #13: SMALL INTESTINE 4 (SI 4) Pinyin Name – Wan Gu English Translations – Wrist Bone, Hand Tai Yang Small Intestine 4 The Small Intestine organ system is a loyal protector of the Monarch’s kingdom. The Heart is the Monarch of the body and has many officials that perform important tasks to keep the kingdom of the body functioning properly. The Small Intestine is the official in charge of keepin [READ POST]

How Was Your Chinese Moon Festival This Year?

Mid- Autumn Moon Festivals are celebrated all over Asia on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Han Calendar. In 2016, the Moon Festival was celebrated on the Gregorian, or solar, calendar on September 15th. Because the date is based on the lunar calendar, it falls on the full moon of the Autumnal Equinox annually. This means the festival can occur any night between September 8th and October 7th in accord with Gregorian calendar. The  [READ POST]


Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis, Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute ( Nights are longer, temperatures are dropping, leaves are yellowing – all tell-tale signs of autumn. The season is shifting and our horses and dogs need to shift with it in preparation for the even colder weather of winter coming in a matter of weeks. Two Seasons In Chinese thought, there are two stages of the shift from the  [READ POST]

Spaying or Neutering? - Liver 3 Can Help

Susan Tenney, Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Do you know a dog who is headed to the vet clinic to be snipped? Ease his recovery period with acupoint Liver 3 (Liv 3). Liv 3 is the Source point for the Liver meridian and its primary function is to harmonize chi flow throughout the body. It also has a strong influence on the urogenital system. The combination of these two functions make Liv 3 a powerful tool for helping your do [READ POST]

Equine Acupressure for the Moody Mare

Susan Tenney, Tallgrass Animal Acupressure ( Do you know a mare susceptible to moody or cranky behavior? While some mares become flirty and affectionate as their hormones fluctuate during their cycle, other mares become difficult, touch sensitive, even aggressive. Liver 3 (Liv 3) can help. Used regularly, this point can reduce or even eliminate periodic attitudes. Liver 3, the Source point for th [READ POST]


CANINE ANXIETY & STOMACH CHI By Nedra Abramson, Tallgrass Small Animal & Equine Acupressure Practitioner & Instructor-in-Training There are many causes for anxiety in humans and pets but the more research they do on gut microbiome the more the more they are finding out about the gut brain connection. So if you have a stressed out pup diet may be another tool you can use to help alleviate their anxiety. Nearly 3 [READ POST]

Gaining Confidence with Animal Acupressure

By: Jodi Brassard Recently, Jodi Brassard, a Tallgrass Equine Acupressure Participant, sent us this story about how she worked with a horse named Junior. Even though Jodi is just starting out on her acupressure adventure, she was confident about Junior’s gait being “off” though the owner didn’t believe it. You will enjoy this story….. I ride this horse named Junior four times a week. For the last two weeks, something has be [READ POST]