The correct localization of acupuncture points is important to provide effective treatment in animals. Two systems currently exist in veterinary acupuncture: 1) the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) or classical set of acupuncture points and 2) the transpositional points. The classical/TCVM acupoints arose in China long ago for many species. Transpositional points, on the other hand, are acupuncture points in animals which were “transposed” from the human to the non-human. Transpositional point atlases can be constructed for practically any veterinary species, after defining the key anatomical features of the human location that need to be found in the non-human. The degree of success of this transpositional system will depend on the presence or absence of comparable structures in the non-human and their capacity to deliver similar physiologic effects as in the human.
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