May Is Cancer Awareness Month. ST36 May Be A Good Point To Add To Your Cancer Fighting And Prevention Plan

Approximately 6 million dogs and nearly 6 million cats will be diagnosed with various cancers this year .

Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumor found in dogs. It accounts for upto 85%of all malignancies originating in the skeleton.

New research finds acupuncture effective in reducing malignant bone cancer tumor growth when applied in early stages.

Acupuncture was also shown to reduce lung metastasis when applied in an early stage of development. In addition  The University of Minnesota and Medical College of Wisconsin researchers suggest that the ability of acupuncture to reduce bone tumor growth and lung metastasis may be related to its ability to reduce tumor associated inflammation.

I bring up ST36 a lot, as it is a very useful point for so many issues. This study has shown that it may actually stop the growth of Osteosarcoma tumors as well as prevent cancer from metastasizing to the lungs. 

It also has been shown to stimulte Natural Killer cells

There is still a debate whether Acupuncture is contraindicated for Cancer but looking at updated research  it may actually be helpful.

There have been several studies that indicate that large breed dogs who are neutered or spayed  before one year of age tend to be more likely to have Osteosarcoma or bone cancer.

So if your pup is a rescue or was spayed or neutered early  ST36  would be a great point to use on a daily or weekly basis as a preventitive measure. 

Another big factor in prevention and treatment of almost all cancers is Diet. Cancer is a big fan of sugar and carbohydrates in all species. So reducing that in your dog or cat’s diet can be a game changer.  There are several resources to help with this :

Click below to read the full article and always consult with your vet first. Happy pointing….

The investigators studied the effects of acupuncture on osteosarcoma, a highly malignant form of bone cancer. Electroacupuncture was applied to laboratory mice with osteosarcoma at acupuncture point ST36, Zusanli. The investigators became interested in this research, in part, as a result of other research demonstrating acupuncture’s regulatory effects on angiogenesis, the development of new blood vessels. The investigators note that this regulatory effect may “alter tumor vasculature” thereby affecting “tumor progression and metastasis.”

ST36 find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee