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Overview to Traditional Chinese Medicine for Horses
An online course by Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute (TAAI)
This Overview covers the basic underlying concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Yin/Yang Theory in relation to the animal body and assessment of conditions; Meridian Theory and the meridian system; The Five-Element Theory; the internal organ systems, zang-fu organs in relation to the body; and, how the vital substances function within the body. This course provides an understanding of how the Chinese perceived of the living body and offers tools for assessment and session work.
Lesson 1 Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Provides a brief history of TCM, as well as its major theories including, Yin-Yang Theory, 5-Eelement Theory & Patterns of Disharmony.
Lesson 2 Yin-Yang Theory: Provides an understanding of nature, function, and qualities of yin-yang and how they work within the body.
Lesson 3 The Balance of Yin & Yang in the Body: Students learn what creates and identifies Excessive and Deficient patterns of Yin and Yang. Means of balancing this patterns are discussed as well
Lesson 4 The Meridian System: Students are given an in-depth understanding of how the meridians function, flow, and keep the body in balance. Their assessment role session work roles are discussed.
Lesson 5 The 5-Element Theory: An analysis of the history and application of the 5-Element Theory, Creation and Control cycles, assessment process and Correspondence attributes are covered in this lesson. Students learn the basic use of the 5-Element theory for equines.
Lesson 6 The Zang-Fu Organs: Students gain an understanding the functions of the Zang–fu, or internal organs is central to being able to assess the condition of the horse and developing a strategy for an acupressure session.
Lesson 7 Functions of the Zang-Fu Organs: Students learn the basic relationships of vital substances, emotions, sensory organs, and body tissues, to the internal organs. Understanding how the TCM practitioner perceives the body is important to developing an effective acupressure session plan.
Lesson 8 General Functioning of the Body: In this lesson students learn the sequential process of complex interactions and interrelationship between the many forms of chi and the Zang-Fu organs.