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ALTM200-0209: Veterinary Acupuncture - Fundamental Principles

Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD, MS
Lisa Trevisanello, DVM, CVA

February 24 - March 31, 2009
Interactive sessions: Tuesdays, February 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24; 9:30 - 11:30 pm ET (USA)

Acupuncture 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 Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and veterinary acupuncture. This course will consist of five (5), 2-hour real-time sessions, detailed presentations with basic theories and clinical case examples on all topics.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be:

  1. Familiar with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).
  2. Familiar with veterinary acupuncture fundamental principles including Qi (Chi), Yin Yang, Five Elements, and Eight Principles.
  3. Able to understand the Meridians and Channels, and TCVM energy pathway.
  4. Able to know what acupuncture can do and cannot do.
Course Outline:

Week 1 (Feb 24): Overview on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Three Essential Factors of Veterinary Acupuncture
This section will review the history of TCVM and veterinary acupuncture. The historical review will provide the deep understanding of Chinese culture and philosophy, development of veterinary acupuncture techniques. Three essential factors of veterinary acupuncture including acupoints, techniques and therapeutic effects will be discussed in detail. (Xie and Trevisanello)

Week 2 (March 3): How to understand Acupuncture: Yin-Yang and Balance System
The Yin-yang theory is from Yi Jing (Book of Changes) written in the Spring and Autumn Period (722-481 B.C.). Yin refers to night time, cold, quiet, cloudy, overcast, passive, dark, downward-seeking; Yang refers to daytime, warm, active, sunny, bright, light, upward-seeking. The theory of Yin Yang can be applied to the diagnosis and treatment of each disease. The Yang (heat or warm) energy is designed to treat coldness (Yin diseases such as ascites). The Yin (cool or cold) energy is used to treat heat (Yang diseases such as inflammations and infections). (Xie and Trevisanello)

Week 3 (March 10): How to understand Acupuncture: Five Elements
As the ancient Chinese looked upon their world and observed nature, they found universal relationships in all things. They described these events and used them to develop TCM principles of health and disease. From these observations, a number of medical theories emerged. The most commonly used are 5-element theory. Acupuncturist incorporates these theories in determining the disease pattern and treatment plan. Nature is made up of combinations of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element represents an energy, direction, season, color, taste, feeling, ZangFu organ and tissue. (Xie and Trevisanello)

Week 4 (March 17): Acupoints, Meridian, Qi and Energy Pathway
Acupuncture points (acupoints) are specific spots on the body surface where a practitioner applies stimulation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The majority of acupuncture points are located in the Meridian lines. An energy force running throughout the body is known as Qi (pronounced Chee). The Qi consists of all essential life activities which include the spiritual, emotional, mental and the physical aspects of life. Qi travels throughout the body along "Meridians" or special pathways. There are fourteen main meridians (or Channels) running vertically up and down the surface of the body. (Xie and Trevisanello)

Week 5 (March 24): Veterinary Acupuncture: Indication and Contraindication
Although acupuncture has its roots in ancient times before modern scientific methods were available with which to study it, many important studies have been done to indicate how acupuncture works and what physiologic mechanism are involved in its actions. In this session, attendees will learn in which conditions acupuncture can be used properly and in which conditions acupuncture should be avoided. (Xie and Trevisanello)

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and continue for 7 days following the last real-time session.

CE HOURS: 10 CE Credits

Member/$176, Non-Member/$265 by February 10, 2009;
Member/$195 Non-Member/$294 after February 10, 2009

Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbooks:

  1. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principles. Huisheng Xie and Vanessa Preast, Reddick, Florida, Jing-tang. 2002.
  2. Xie's Veterinary Acupuncture. Huisheng Xie and Vanessa Preast, Blackwell Publishing, 2007.
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