Canine Acupressure and acupoints

Four Gates Acupoints for Animals

The Four Gates Acupoints for Animals

“The Four Gates” for animals protocol is a powerful and much used bilateral four-acupoint combination. Grouping Large Intestine 4 and Liver 3 enhances the circulation of chi, blood, and body fluids throughout the body. LI 4 moves vital substances in the upper, or front, portion of the body. Liv 3 is responsible for moving vital substances in the lower, or back, portion of the body. When used together they are extraordinary movers!

Acupoint Classifications 

Both LI 4 and Liv 3 are Yuan-Source points and they direct powerful Original chi, or Source chi, to the Large Intestine and Liver organ systems. LI 4 is also a Master point for the face, mouth, nose, jaw and neck. The Liver organ system is responsible for the harmonious flow of chi and making sure there’s the right amount of chi and blood for all the activities of the body. Learn more about the Acupoint Classifications and how you can use them to help you dog.


The Four Gates is the power-house of circulation. As thus, this combination dispels stagnations anywhere in the body. Also, if vital substances are not flowing smoothly and harmoniously use The Four Gates. Additionally, indicators include: constipation, nausea, irregular estrus cycle, headaches, anxiety, frustration, erratic behavior, cold extremities, weak limbs, poor healing of injuries, tumors, metabolic disorders and other forms of stagnation. Use The Four Gates point protocol if chi, blood, shen, and body fluids are disrupted and not flowing properly


Equine: LI 4 is found distal and medial to the head of the medial splint bone. 
Liv 3 located on craniomedial aspect of the cannon bone at the level of the head of the medial splint bone.

acupressure for equines

Canine & Feline: LI 4 is located between the first (dewclaw) and 2nd metacarpal bones on the medial side of the 2nd metacarpal. 

Liv 3 is found between the 2nd & 3rd metatarsal bones at the junction of the metatarsophalangeal joint. 

4 gates acupoints on a dog