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SPLEEN 6 (Sp 6)

Pinyin Name – San Yin Jiao

English Translations – Three Yin Meeting, Three Yin Intersection, Three Yin Crossing  

Spleen 6 is the acupressure point where the three hind leg meridians, Spleen – Kidney – Liver, intersect energetically. This acupoint is commonly used for a wide variety of issues from edema to insomnia. Sp 6 is such a powerful point that it is contraindicated during pregnancy because it can cause the fetus to be aborted. If, however, there’s a need to induce labor, Sp 6 can be effective.

Spleen 6 can be a tender acupoint because it’s in a sensitive location. It’s on the medial side of the animal’s hind leg below the stifle and above the medial malleolus (see locations below). We suggest just resting your finger on the point – light touch is suggested to avoid the horse, dog, or cat discomfort. If the animal indicates it is too tender, release it gently.

Acupoint Classifications

Spleen 6 is the Master point for the urogenital system and caudal abdomen. As a Master point, Sp 6 can be used in the Point Work segment of an acupressure session where the issue involves that anatomical region of the animal’s body.

Energetic Actions

Spleen 6 is known to strengthen Spleen, Stomach, and Kidney, while harmonizing Liver. It dispels dampness, regulates middle and lower Jiao (heaters, burners), cools and invigorates Blood, enhances Yin, regulates the estrus cycle and fertility, and calms the spirit (shen).

Indicators / Clinical Signs

  • Spleen 6 is a versatile acupoint and can be included in an acupressure sessions when the animal presents with any of the different indicators or clinical signs below:
  • Irregular estrus cycles, fertility/reproductive issues
  • Digestive disorders, abdominal distention
  • Edema
  • Muscular pain
  • Blood disorders
  • Skin disease
  • Prolapsed uterus
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Spleen chi deficiency
  • Kidney yin deficiency
  • Insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, shen disturbances
  • Enuresis (i.e., involuntary urination), anuria (i.e. inability to urinate) dysuria (i.e., difficult or painful urination), or dark urination

Equine – Found 3 cun above the medial malleolus, caudal to the tibial border on the medial aspect of the hind leg. Sp 6 is about0.5 cun posterior to the saphenous vein of the hind limb.

Canine & Feline – Located 3 cun above the tip of the medial malleolus on the caudal border of the tibia.

By Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis
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Biography: Amy Snow founder of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute is the co-author of Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure and Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. Amy is the lead instructor for Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Practitioner Certification Training Program and over the last 10 years has taught throughout the United States Canada England Israel and Australia.

She began her career in acupressure in the 1970’s studying with Jin Shin Jyutsu a Japanese form of acupressure with Mary Burmeister. She studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine (IICM) in Denver Colorado. Amy has also studied Tui Na and Food as Medicine.

Amy is a Certified Acupressure Practitioner from the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley California. Over the years she has taken numerous clinics and courses in complementary healthcare and animal-related study including; Feldenkrais; Reiki; Master Hong Qi Gong; Tellington Touch; herbal remedies; High Touch Network Training; dog training and showing skills; dog-language with Turid Rugaas; years of riding and working with horses and most recently Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in DenverColorado. She has brought this training to work with animals.

As the co-author of numerous articles for national and international publications Amy has helped to expand the awareness of animal acupressure. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB) and a founding board member of the National Certification Board of Animal Acupressure and Massge (NBCAAM).
Nancy Zidonis founder of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute is one of the pioneers in the field of animal acupressure. Over 20 years ago she worked with a veterinarian and an acupressure practitioner to develop a system to use transpositional acupressure meridians and points for the benefit of horses and a few years later for dogs. After thorough study and careful documentation Nancy wrote her first books Equine Acupressure A Treatment Work Book and Canine Acupressure A Treatment Work Book. Nancy went on to develop training clinics for people interested in caring for their horses and dogs using acupressure. She has continued to expand and refine the training programs both online and hands-on and teaches worldwide.

Nancy and Amy Snow collaborated on an expanded edition of Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual and their newest book Acu-Horse: A Guide to Equine Acupressure. They also co-authored of Acu-Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure and Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. Nancy is responsible for the creation and publication of a series of animal acupressure meridian charts which highlight key acupressure points on each meridian.

Most recently Nancy has authored and produced three new DVDs and educational programs: Introduction to Equine Acupressure; Equine Landmark Anatomy& Acupoint Nancy Zidonis & founding dogs Bean & OakEnergetics; and Canine Landmark Anatomy & Acupoint Energetics.

Nancy has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Denver Colorado. She holds a certificate in AMMA Massage and is a graduate of the British Institute of Homeopathy with an emphasis in animals.

Other studies include: Reiki – Second Degree; Medical Qi Gong with Master Haung Lo Tui Na and Dahn Hok. Nancy was a Founding Member of the Board of the International Alliance of Animal Therapy and Healing (IAATH) and is a founding board member of the National Certificaiton Board for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM). Additionally she was Adjunct Faculty at Hocking College in their Equine Alternative Therapies Certificate Program.

Nancy co-authors articles for publications worldwide such as: Equine Wellness Animal Wellness Holistic Horse Natural Horse The Whole Dog Journal Animal Fair and many others.

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