Korean Sa-Ahm Acupuncture for Treating Canine Oral Fibrosarcoma

J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2017 Jun;10(3):211-215. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2017.04.005. Epub 2017 Jun 1.


A nine-year-old male neutered Golden Retriever presented with oral fibrosarcoma. Sa-Ahm Traditional Korean acupuncture was provided along with medicinal herb treatment. Based on Sa-Ahm's theory, the constitution of this case was hypoactive Large-Intestine (LI) meridian qi. The acupuncture treatment was focused on reinforcing LI meridian qi along with reinforcing Small-Intestine and Liver meridian qi. The necrosis of the tumor started from 8 months after treatments and was completely necrotized around 1 month after initiation of tumor necrosis. Karnofsky Performance Status score was 80 to 100 % throughout the treatment except during the active stage of tumor necrosis having KPS of 50%. In this study, oral fibrosarcoma was managed well by both Sa-Ahm acupuncture and medicinal herb treatment. The result suggested that Sa-Ahm acupuncture along with herbal treatment could be a potential medical option for canine oral FSA therapy.

Keywords: Sa-Ahm acupuncture; canine oral fibrosarcoma; meridian qi; necrosis; reinforcing method; restraining method.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods
  • Acupuncture Therapy / veterinary*
  • Animals
  • Dog Diseases / therapy*
  • Dogs
  • Fibrosarcoma / therapy
  • Fibrosarcoma / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Mouth Neoplasms / therapy
  • Mouth Neoplasms / veterinary*