Kristin Rothermel Edwards, VMD, CVA

Veterinary Acupuncturist, Plains Animal Hospital, Plains, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Acupuncture
In this session, participants will learn the definition of acupuncture, an overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Meridian Theory, The Eight Principles, pathogenic factors, Five Element Theory, and the neurophysiology of acupuncture.

Western Explanations of Acupuncture: Why It Works
This lecture will present the scientific explanations of acupuncture. There are numerous mechansisms that are at work and multiple systems that are affected with the insertion of an acupuncture needle. The more tissue and physiologic changes that are shown scientifically, the more accepted acupuncture becomes in the Western world. It is exciting and actually helps explain what the Chinese paradigm tried to convey.

Commonly Used and Important Acupuncture Points
This lecture will review some commonly used, easy to find, and very influential acupuncture points. Following this lecture, attendees should be able to localize these points on their patients and begin to utilize them in everyday practice.

Practical Applications: How to Apply Acupuncture to Everyday Cases
The goal of this lecture is to explain the uses of acupuncture in everyday medical conditions. Some cookbook point selections will be given using the points covered in the previous lecture.

Acupuncture Wet Lab (2 hours)
Attendees will be given the opportunity to practice what they have learned in the lectures throughout the day. Class size is limited to the first 20 registrants. Additional cost: $100 per person.