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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Newborn calves: The power of the Jen Chung (GV-26) acupuncture technique

Newborn calves: Have you heard of the Jen Chung (GV-26) acupuncture technique?

A number of veterinary practices have urged farmers to try the Jen Chung (GV-26) acupuncture technique if they have a newborn calf “showing signs of respiratory distress”.

According to veterinary professionals, GV26 can resuscitate newborn animals – such as calves – that have a heartbeat, but possibly delay in taking their first breath.

They claim that this can commonly occur after a difficult calving or even a C-Section.

According to vets, there is an acupuncture/acupressure spot on the tip of the calf’s nose. By pressing this or poking with a needle for a brief period, you can stimulate the central nervous system. This can result in overall consciousness, along with an increased respiration and heart rate.

Animal Clinic LTD in the US is among those that recommend the technique.

In a brief statement, a spokesperson said:

“If you have a calf that is born who is showing signs of respiratory distress like shallow or infrequent respirations and does not appear as ‘with it’ as a new-born should be. It may be a good idea to try the Jen Chung (GV-26) acupuncture technique.”

“Between the two nostrils is an acupressure point that, when stimulated, can increase heart rate, respiration rate and consciousness. “

“A one inch, 20-gauge needle (a small needle) can be inserted into this area all the way and occasionally given a twist for a few minutes after birth. You can also stimulate the area with a fingernail or stick if a needle is not handy.”

Another social media page, Animal Clinic of Hastings, added that “sometimes even giving it a small twist can help too”. “And if no needles are handy, a fingernail or a stick can be used too,” they confirmed.

According to medics, the GV28 and GV26 points can also work for sheep, horses, dogs, cats, goats, and even humans.

Earlier this year, Animal Clinic LTD provided guidance to farmers concerning calf resuscitation.

The practice explained why farmers should never swing or hang calves and how to put newborns in a recovery position.

You can read this article.

Disclaimer: Always seek your vet’s advice.  

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