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VETERINARY TOPOGRAPHIC ACUPUNCTURE

                                           Basic Course and Advanced Course in Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture

                                                                       Presented by Bruce Ferguson, DVM, MS

                                                                                   
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 Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture is a minimal needle, distal point, ultra-rapidly acting and highly efficacious system of Channel-diagnosed acupuncture. My system that I will delineate in this course is derived from human acupuncture styles popularized by Dr. Richard Tan, Dr. Robert Doane, and Dr. Tung. Although all of these practitioners are brilliant and have contributed important information to the field of acupuncture based upon Channel Diagnosis and Channel Treatment, none of them are veterinarians. Veterinary acupuncture is unique in multiple ways.  One of the most salient differences between human and veterinary acupuncture is that the acupuncture points in the distal tissues, which are the most important tissues to be needled in this system, are not located in the same place as human acupuncture points. Add to this the complexity that there are multiple important species which veterinarians treat, and between these species the distal acupuncture points vary widely as well.

Thus the seminars and books produced by these fine human acupuncturists are commonly inaccurate when applied to non-human species. Further, the distal tissues themselves are sometimes either quite diminished or absent altogether, compared to the human model.  An example of diminished points may be found in canine species that do not have a soleus muscle, which is the location of some very important human acupuncture points, such as San Yin Jiao, SP 6. An example of tissues that are actually absent relative to the human “model” from which veterinary acupuncture points are commonly transposed may be found in equine species that do not have the first and fifth metatarsal, metacarpal, and phalangeal bones. I have experimented with these variations and absences for over 10 years, and have discovered the most common tissues which, when needled, give the best clinical results in many non-human species.

Lastly, the distal acupuncture points are used to treat common channel disharmonies in humans, and their frequency of use is based upon the frequency of human disharmonies. Canine, feline, and equine species all have disharmonies that are often quite different than human channel disharmonies, so the points used to treat these various species will not overlap with human points very often.

So the thrust of this course is 3-fold. First, I will review the basic tenants of Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture and its rapid, amazing effect on veterinary disharmonies. Secondly, I will identify the location of important distal points and tissues which will be used to treat equine, canine, and feline disharmonies. It should be noted here that my acupuncture point placement is unique to my own veterinary practice and often does not appear in any other textbooks illustrating or describing veterinary acupuncture point location. Lastly, I will present common channel and Zang-Fu organ disharmonious in small quadruped and equine patients and simple, rapid protocols for their resolution.

It is my sincere hope and desire that Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture becomes popular as a safe and effective form of Diagnosis and Treatment for our veterinary patients. In this capacity, perhaps we can all contribute to relieving suffering and enhancing health across all species throughout the entire biological world.

 

Course Organization, Module 1: Introduction and Channel Disharmonies

Day 1:

Lecture with Theory and Introduction 8:30-12:30

Application of Basic Technique on Partners 1:30-5:30

Day 2:

Corrections and Additions to Day 1

And wet-lab with Small Quadrupeds: 8:30-12:30

Dealing with Complex Channel Disharmonies

And Wet-lab with Equine Patients: 1:30-5:30

 

Course Organization, Module 2: Review and Internal Medical Disharmonies

Day 1:

Review of Module 1, Overview of Module 2

And Corrections and Explanations from Module 1: 8:30-12:30

Practice Diagnosing and Treating Internal Medical Disharmonies

With Partners: 1:30-5:30

Day 2:

Practice Diagnosing and Treating Internal Medical Disharmonies

In Small Quadruped Patients: 8:30-12:30

Practice Diagnosing and Treating Internal Medical Disharmonies

In Equine Patients: 1:30-5:30