If at the first sign of infection, you always jump in with antibiotics, you do not give the immune system a chance to grow stronger. 
— Andrew Weil

Acupuncture can be a very nice addition to the treatment of chronic inflammation including chronic ear infections.

To show you this, I’m telling you the story of Rocky.

Rocky, the Frisian stabij, had been suffering from a recurring ear infection of his left ear for a year and a half. All kinds of studies had been done and multiple treatments tried, but nothing helped to permanently solve the infection. The Western diagnosis was an ear infection based on an allergy. But anti-inflammatory ear drops and a hypoallergenic diet did not permanently solve the ear infection. Two months before the acupuncture treatment, baldness also developed behind the ear and in the neck. At that time it was proposed to treat with acupuncture.

In addition to the complaints of the ear infection and baldness, Rocky had complaints of a sensitive gastrointestinal tract that manifested itself in diarrhea if he ate other things and vomited if he ate too quickly. He was a little on the heavy side. His skin was slightly redder than usual and he bit the fourth toe of the hind leg which was also redder than the other toes.

Baldness at the back of the ear and neck.
Baldness at the back of the ear and neck.
Redness on the fourth toe of the hind leg.
Redness on the fourth toe of the hind leg.

Now look at the course of the Gallbladder meridian in the dog. Do you notice anything?

The gallbladder meridian in the dog.
The gallbladder meridian in the dog.

The Gallbladder meridian runs around the ear, along the side of the neck and body, down the hind leg, and then ends in the fourth toe of the hind leg. So Rocky’s body indicated very clearly that something was wrong with the Gallbladder meridian.

After the complete Acupuncture examination, the diagnosis was Vapor-Heat in the Gallbladder Meridian and rocky had a deficiency of his Spleen energy. This deficiency of Spleen Qi deficiency manifested itself in the symptoms of sometimes diarrhea, sometimes vomiting, sensitivity to the gastrointestinal tract and being slightly overweight.

The goal of the acupuncture treatment was therefore to remove the Vapor and Heat from the Gallbladder meridian and to strengthen the energy of the Spleen.

Fortunately, Rocky responded very well to the acupuncture treatment and he is completely cured of his ear infection!


Eastern medicine always assumes that inflammation is caused by an underlying imbalance in the body that gives bacteria or other organisms (fungi, yeasts, viruses) a chance to seize. In other words, inflammation only gets the chance if the body’s resistance is insufficient to resist the inflammation. You can kill the organisms with, for example, antibiotics or anti-inflammatories, but if you do not solve the underlying imbalance, the problem will keep coming back. And that’s why acupuncture can be a good supplement to help solve this type of chronic inflammation.



Does your pet have chronic inflammation and do you want to know if acupuncture can help? If so, please contact me!

Holistische dierenarts. Acupunctuur, voedingsadvies en voedingstherapie voor honden en katten.

Hi, I am Anneke

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