Students palpates a horse's acupoints during an Advanced Equine wet lab.

Students palpates a horse's acupoints during an Advanced Equine wet lab.

TCVM Diagnostics, classical points & advanced acupuncture techniques

Course Overview

TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Acupuncture Techniques is a wet lab workshop offered to veterinary acupuncturists to expand their technical knowledge of acupuncture and to strengthen their TCVM diagnostic skills.  Practical clinical application is the ultimate goal of this course; as such, wet labs make up more than half the on-site portion of the course and lectures are comprised of many demos and case studies.  Two versions of the course are offered separately to small animal and equine practitioners.

Major Topics

The course covers three major topics:

1. TCVM Diagnostic Skills

In any medical system, effective treatment hinges upon accurate and complete diagnosis. In Chinese medicine, this crucial process of diagnosis is referred to as Bian Zheng, where Bian means differentiation and identification and Zheng means a type of pattern or illness. Thus, TCVM diagnosis consists of identification of disease patterns, usually through palpation and through tongue and pulse readings. This course discusses the theory and techniques of Bian Zheng beyond what is covered in the Basic Acupuncture course and gives students the opportunity to practice palpation and tongue and pulse diagnosis on live small animal or equine patients. 

2. Advanced Acupuncture Techniques

Advanced acupuncture topics covered in this course include auricular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, needling points around difficult locations (eyes, feet, abdomen, etc.) aqua-acupuncture, gold implantation, pneumo-acupuncture and moxibustion.  They will be covered in course lectures and demos and practiced by students in the wet labs.

3. Classical Acupoints

Today, most animal acupuncture points and meridian lines are transposed from humans.  However, some ancient books describing the acupoint locations developed specifically for equine and small animal species were preserved and are still used today.  The locations and unique actions of these classical acupoints is another major topic of this advanced course.

Course Features

  • Offered as a combination of online and on-site lectures and labs to reduce travel time and costs.
  • Separate sessions for small animal and equine practitioners
  • 12 hours of wet labs with special focus on advanced acupuncture techniques, TCVM diagnosis, and classical acupoints
  • Free case consultation with Chi faculty for all students
  • Up to 26 continuing education course approved by American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (AAVSB RACE)

prerequisites

Completion of a veterinary acupuncture course provided by the Chi Institute, IVAS, CSU, or other equivalent institution is required for enrollment in this course.  If currently enrolled in the Chi Institute veterinary acupuncture course, you must complete at least through Session 4 before this course begins.

 Electro-acupuncture applied on a dog in a wet lab.

Electro-acupuncture applied on a dog in a wet lab.

 From 2018 and on, our new home will be in a magnificent historic building in the Royal University María Cristina of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

From 2018 and on, our new home will be in a magnificent historic building in the Royal University María Cristina of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.