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ALTM104-1110: Introduction to Veterinary Herbal Medicine: CHM and TCVM

INSTRUCTOR(S): Huisheng Xie, DVM, Ph.D, MS and Lisa Trevisanello, DVM, CVA
COURSE OPEN: October 26 - December 7, 2010
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 8:00pm-10:00pm ET (USA)

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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first RTS. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should be well versed in basic canine, feline and equine anatomy and physiology. This course is open to veterinarians.

Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) can be difficult to understand. This course is designed to provide veterinarians with detailed information on a simple and logical way to grasp the fundamental principles of the CHM and TCVM.

This course will consist of five (5), 2-hour real-time sessions, detailed presentations with basic theories and clinical case examples on all topics; library materials to supplement the real-time session topics; interactive message board discussions; and an end of course quiz designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be:

  1. Familiar with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM).
  2. Familiar with TCVM fundamental principles including Qi (Chi), Yin, Yang and able to understand the characteristics of Chinese herbals like energetic properties, flavors and actions.
  3. Know when CHM can be prescribed and possible contraindications and drug interaction.
  4. Able to safely prescribe at least 5 herbal formulas for small animals and at least 5 herbal formulas for equine patients.
Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors: Dr. Xie (pronounced "shay") received his DVM at the Sichuan College of Veterinary Medicine in China in 1983. In 1988, he received his Master of Science in Veterinary Acupuncture. From 1988 to 1994, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Beijing Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses by using acupuncture. He is the Director of Veterinary Acupuncture Internship Program at the Veterinary Medical Center of the University of Florida now. He has been invited to lecture veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine all over the world. He has published 10 books and over 100 scientific papers. Both Dr. Xie and Dr. Trevisanello are instructors at the Chi Institute ( located in Reddick, Florida.

Course Outline:

Week 1: (Real Time Session November 2): Herbal ABC-Five energy and five tastes
Content: The theory of Yin Yang can be applied to the diagnosis and treatment of each disease. The CHM with Yang (heat or warm) energy is designed to treat coldness (Yin diseases such as ascites). The CHM with Yin (cool or cold) energy is used to treat heat (Yang diseases such as inflammations and infections). This section will offer an introduction to the basic principles of TCVM. Participants will understand the basic categories in which Chinese herbals are divided, based on their energetic qualities and flavors. (Xie and Trevisanello)

Week 2: (Real Time Session November 9): Herbal safety and quality control
Content: CHM has been practiced in animals in China for more than 4,000 years. Many clinical studies have indicated that CHM is extremely effective for treating a wide variety of medical disorders including cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, reproduction, oncology, immunology, respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions. However, CHM is a drug and as such it has to be treated as a pharmaceutical medication. This section will focus on the history of toxicity of CHM, how to identify herbal toxicity and its causes, herbal interaction and finally FDA regulation. (Xie and Trevisanello)

Week 3: (Real Time Session November 16): Herbal indications and contraindications
Content: The earliest Chinese Materia Medica dates to the Qin and Han Dynasty (221 B.C.-220 A.D). This lecture will cover history and sources of herbals and their clinical applications. Chinese herbal medicine is used for musculoskeletal, acute and chronic diseases and as a food additive. This module will explain in which conditions one can use CHM with the aid of case studies, and also discuss conditions with which the CHM should be contraindicated. (Xie and Trevisanello)

Week 4: (Real Time Session November 23): Top five herbal medicines in small animals
Content: Practitioners nowadays are increasingly asked for recommendation in the field of herbal medicine; this section will cover in details five of the most commonly used Chinese herbal formulas in the small animal practice. These Five herbal medicines are Sheng Tong Zhu Yu Tang, Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang, Xiang Shan Liu Jun Zi Tang and Yunnan Bai Yao. (Xie and Trevisanello)

Week 5: (Real Time Session November 30): Top five herbal medicines in large animals
Content: This section will cover in details five of the most commonly used Chinese herbal formulas in the equine practice. Participants will feel confident in prescribing the herbal formulas discussed. These Five herbal medicines are Sheng Tong Zhu Yu Tang, Wu Shen San, An Shen Fang, Chai Hu Shu Gan San, Qi Sai Fang. (Xie and Trevisanello)


Tuition: Member $200 ($180 early bird special if enrolled by October 19, 2010).
Non-Member $304 ($274 early bird special if enrolled by October 19, 2010).

** NOTE: To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

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Course withdrawal and refund policy: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (This policy does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.
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