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Course Syllabus

The Mixed Practice Acupuncture Course is divided into five sessions (two online and three on-site).  Online sessions are available for on-demand streaming for about a two-month period.  On-site sessions are held on the Chi Campus in Florida. During on-site sessions, Mixed Practice students attend Equine classes, and then watch the Small Animal portion of the lectures online.  The course spans over a seven-month period.  Please go to Schedule and Tuition to view specific course dates.

A general session overview is provided below: 

     Session 1 (on-line)

     Session 2 (on-site)

     Session 3 (on-line)

     Session 4 (on-site)

     Session 5 (on-site)


Please note that while general course themes will remain the same, specific topics and speakers listed in the course syllabus below may be subject to change.


 

Session 1 (online)

All lectures are available for on-demand streaming for the duration of the session.  Each lecture is about 50 minutes in length.

Lecture

Topic

Speaker
 1 Course Introduction and History of Veterinary Acupuncture Dr. Shen Xie
 2 What is Acupuncture? Dr. Shen Xie
 3-4 Veterinary Acupuncture: Scientific Basis Dr. Roger Clemmons
 5 Yin-Yang Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
 6 Eight Principles Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
7-8 Five Elements Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
9-10 Zang-Fu Physiology Dr. Roger Clemmons
11-12 Channels and Meridians Dr. Shen Xie
13-16 General Rules of Acupuncture Dr. Shen Xie 
17-18 Indications for Veterinary Acupuncture Dr. Shen Xie 
19
How to Start your Acupuncture Practice: Cookbook (Equine) Dr. Carla Pasteur
20 How to Integrate Acupuncture into your Practice (Equine) Dr. Carla Pasteur
19A How to Start your Acupuncture Practice: Cookbook (Small Animal) Dr. Bruce Ferguson
20A How to Integrate Acupuncture into Your Practice (Small Animal) Dr. Bruce Ferguson

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Session 2 (on-site with online portion)

All four days of on-site class are held on the Chi Campus.


DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
 7:30-8:20
Registration Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
 8:30-10:20

Five Elements and Zang-Fu physiology

Acupuncture Needling Techniques

Mix Point Lab

Equine Musculoskeletal Case Studies; How to Practice Acupuncture in Horses
 10:30-12:30 Five-shu Transporting Points, Source Points, Back-shu and Front-mu points, Influential Points
 Other Special Points; TCVM Diagnosis Intro (EQ) How to Treat Equine Cases (Demo)
 12:30-1:30 Lunch break
Class ends
 1:30-3:20 Mix Point Lab
Mix Point Lab
Lameness Overview
Acupuncture for Lameness Part 1
 
 3:30-6:00
Acupuncture for Lameness Part 2
Neurological Disorders
 

The following Small Animal lectures will be made available online to Mixed Class students. Each lecture is 50 minutes long.

Lecture  Topic 
 1-2 How to Treat Gastro-Intestinal Disorders (SA)
 3-4 How to Treat Respiratory Disorders (SA)
 5-6  How to Treat Bi/Wei Syndromes, Osteoarthritis, and IVDD (SA)
 7-8  How to Treat Canine Cases (Demo) (SA)

 

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Session 3 (online)

All lectures are available for on-demand streaming for the duration of the session.  Each lecture is about 50 minutes in length.

Lecture

Topic

Speaker
 1-4 Five Treasures: Qi, Blood, Shen, Jing, Body Fluid Physiology and Pathology Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
 5-8 TCVM Diagnosis Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
 9-10 Eight Extraordinary Channels Dr. Huisheng Xie
 11-12 Etiology and Pathology Dr. Huisheng Xie
 13 How to Select Acupoints
Dr. Huisheng Xie
Small Animal Portion
 14-15 How to Make a TCVM Diagnosis (Dry Lab)
Dr. Huisheng Xie
16-17 Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders
Dr. Rodger Clemmons
18 How to Approach Clinical Cases Dr. Bruce Ferguson 
19-20 How to Improve Acupuncture Results Dr. Bruce Ferguson
21-23 Small Animal Cases: TCVM Approach    Dr. Connie DiNatale
Equine Portion
 14 Equine Acupuncture Techniques
Dr. Huisheng Xie
 15-17 Acupuncture for Equine Lameness
Dr. Huisheng Xie
 18 Equine Special Conditions 
Dr. Carla Pasteur
 19 How to Improve Acupuncture Results
Dr. Carla Pasteur
 20 Equine Cases: Dry Lab
Dr. Huisheng Xie

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Session 4 (on-site with online portion)

All four days of on-site class are held on the Chi Campus.


DAY 1
DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
 7:30-8:20
Registration Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
 8:30-10:20 A Quick Review from Sessions 1 to 3How to Treat Renal Failure
Herbal Intro

Mix Point Lab

Acupuncture for Cancer; Feline Acupuncture
 10:30-12:30 How to Treat Heart Failure and Behavioral Problems
Exotic and Avian Acupuncture (lecture and demo)
Case Studies from Students
 12:30-1:30 Lunch break
Class ends
 1:30-3:20

Mix Point Lab



Mix Point Lab


Acupuncture for Liver Diseases  
 3:30-6:00
How to Treat Skin Problems; Acupuncture for Immune-Mediated Diseases

 

The following Small Animal lectures will be made available online to Mixed Class students. Each lecture is 50 minutes long.

Lecture   Topic
 1-2 How to Treat Diabetes, Cushing's Disease and Thyroid Disorders
 3-4 How to Treat Liver Problems
How to Treat Skin Problems
 5-6 Avian Acupuncture
Other Exotics Acupuncture
 7-8 How to Treat Cancer
Feline Acupuncture

 

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Session 5 (on-site with online portion)

All four days of on-site class are held on the Chi Campus.


DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
 7:30-8:20
Registration Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
 8:30-10:20

Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology: Spleen, Lung and Liver

Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology: Kidney and Heart; Overview: How to Sell TCVM

How to Treat Reproductive Disorders; Equine Cases: a TCVM Approach

Written Final Exam


 10:30-12:30 Intro to Food Therapy; Intro to Tui-na
 12:30-1:30 Lunch break

Class ends

 1:30-3:20 Wet-Lab Acupoint Review

Wet-lab Acupoint Review

 Clinical Acupoint Exam

 3:30-6:00

The following Small Animal lectures will be made available online to Mixed Class students. Each lecture is 50 minutes long.

Lecture            Topic
 1-2 Intro to Food Therapy
Intro to Tui-na
 3-4 Rehabilitation with Acupuncture
How to Understand Chinese Herbs and Start Herbal Practice

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Dr. Xie leading taiji.
Students start mornings of on-site session with Tai-ji on the lanai.


The acupuncture techniques demo during Session 2.