Veterinary Balance Method Acupuncture Certification Track

Learn an acupuncture method that uses distal points to invoke rapid clinical responses in veterinary patients

Costa Rica
English
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Program Overview

Acupuncture has evolved since thousands of years. Recent investigations demonstrate by fMRI how fast the stimulus travels and affects the brain arriving at 200 milliseconds or almost instantaneously. The response of the stimulus should yield an effect as fast as it arrives, at least in pain control. This fast response characterizes the Balance Method from I-Ching Acupuncture. If we place the needle in the correct spot the response should be immediate, within seconds or minutes after.

This requires a good knowledge of the Shu Points or Command Points, also known as Antique Points. These points are located distal to the Elbow and Knee. It requires knowledge of the different balancing systems, of the correspondence of the 12 joints, of the Imaging and Mirror concept, of the Global Balance concept, the 12 magical points, of the Ba-Gua, and the trigrams and hexagrams, of the 5 Elements Theory, Seasonal Balance and more. This knowledge will allow us to use distal more energetic points to obtain immediate results.

This program has been approved for 84 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

Program Goals

Learn Three-Step Strategy to immediately and effectively treat all localized symptoms such as pain, numbness, stiffness, tingling or burning sensations, etc.

Understand several of the Masters famous 6 Systems of balancing for external and internal disorders

Learn how to Balance for Internal Disorders such as genitourinary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, 5 sense organs, and more using Ba Gua, hexagram Meridian Conversion

Learn to balance the whole meridian or several meridians at the same time with only 4, 8, 9, or 12 needles

Veterinary Balance Method Acupuncture Certification Track

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

84 RACE approved CE hours

Curriculum

Students wishing to enroll in the Balance Method course must have basic knowledge of TCVM, and must fulfill ONE of the following two requirements:

  • Completion of at least ONE session of veterinary acupuncture at Chi or another accredited institution
  • Completion of the TCVM Fundamental Theories lecture series online module

Basic Yin Yang Theories

1h

Eight Principles

1h

Five Elements

2h

Veterinary Acupuncture - Scientific Basis

2h

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Introduction to I-Ching Acupuncture Balance Method. Basic concepts

2h

Yin Yang concepts

1h

Fu Xi Ba Gua or the Eight Trigrams of Fu Xi

1h

The 6 energetic Levels

1h

Drawing the Fu Xi Ba Gua

1h

The developing of the 6 Systems of Balance. System 1

1h

Case samples of System 1

1h

What is Acupuncture 1,2,3. The Holographic reflex concepts of Mirror and Image

1h

Developing Balance Method System 2

2h

Developing Balance Method System 3

1h

Developing Balance Method System 4

1h

Developing Balance Method System 5 and 6

1h

Developing of the Matrix with the Six Systems of the Balance Method

1h

Wrapping up the Six Systems of Balance Method

1h

Diagnosing in Acupuncture way. Step 1 of Acupuncture 1, 2, 3

1h

Diagnosing by reflex Acupoint location

1h

The 5 Transport or Command or Shu Points

1h

Using the 5 Transport Points according to the 5 Elements

1h

Canine Anatomical location of the 5 transport points on each Meridian

1h

Equine Anatomical location of the 5 transport points on each Meridian

1h

Introduction to Global Balance. Ba-Gua use. Understanding Meridian interconversion by Hexagrams for better choosing points.

1h

Global Balance for frontal issues. Understanding Systems Taiyin/Yangming, Jueyin/Yangming, KID-PC/Yangming. Allergy, skin issues, sinusitis, nasal congestion, colds, throat, tonsillitis, gingivitis, thyroid, esophagus, GI, OB/GU, cystitis, and more.

1h

Case discussion using different systems

1h

Microsystems. Cranial Acupuncture

1h

Shu Point Review

2h

Locate and Use Shu Points on Fellow Students

2h

Review Shu-Transportation and Mirror & Image Concept Points (Small Animal Lab)

2h

Review Shu-Transportation and Mirror & Image Concept Points (Equine Lab)

2h

Small Animal Clinical Cases

4h

Equine Clinical Cases

4h

Review of Concepts

2h

TCVM Diagnosis and Treatment with Balance Method Acupuncture

1h

Question and Answer

1h

Review Previous Modules

1h

Question and Answer from Previous Modules

1h

Introduction to Meridian Interconversion

2h

Case Presentations using Balance Method

1h

Introduction to Global Balance - Ba-Gua, Hexagram Acupuncture & Understanding the Interconversion of Hexagrams

1h

Balancing the Front

1h

How to Balance for Abdominal Disorders in Animals

1h

4 Exceptional Meridians for Digestive & Abdomen Issues

1h

9 Exceptional Points for Digestive Disorders

1h

Meridian Interconversion System for Back Issues

1h

Meridian Interconversion for Lateral Problems

1h

The 4 Segments of Time & 12 Exceptional Points of Dr Tan

1h

Case presentations on the 12 Magical Points

1h

How to integrate Microsystem and TCVM in Small Animal Practice

1h

Microsystem as Caudal Acupuncture

1h

Meridian Conversion to Attack an Affected Meridian (Attack systems)

1h

Meridian conversion for Heat & Excess

1h

The 8 Extraordinary Meridians

1h

The 64 Hexagrams

1h

The Solar Calendar and Balancing According to Seasons

2h

Balance Method and the 5 Elements

1h

Final Review of Fundamental Principals of Balance Method

4h

Canine Cases using Balance Method

2h

Canine Case Presentations

2h

Equine Cases using Balance Method

2h

Equine Case Presentations

2h

Students have the option to receive a certification as the Certified Veterinary Balance Method Acupuncturist. The certification is approved by The Chi Institute, and by the World Association of TCVM (also known as WATCVM). The requirements to obtain certification are as follows:

  • Be a veterinarian

  • Complete Sessions 1-4 of the certification track

  • Complete the review quiz with a score above 75%

  • Complete the final practical exam and written exam each with a score above 75%

Instructors

Dr. Alfaro received his DVM in 1975 from Federal University of Parana, Brazil. He then continued his veterinary studies in large animal surgery, radiology and anesthesiology from the University of Minnesota and obtained his Master of Sciences in 1979. Dr. Alfaro was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2004 and in Tui-na and Herbal Medicine in 2012 from the Chi Institute. He became a Certified Balance Method Silver Level Practitioner from Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan in 2012. He then continued to become a Certified Balance Method Executive Level Practitioner by The Academy of Acupuncture Balance Method in 2018. Nowadays he is a retired Professor of Equine Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, National University, Costa Rica since 2005, but still teaches integrative equine medicine and Acupuncture to students at National University in Costa Rica. Additionally, he lectures on Integrative Medicine in Costa Rica and abroad.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats

Semester

2020

Secondary Country

Schedule & Tuition

Payment Information

A $150 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 60 days before the course start date.

A $50 convenience fee will be charged for payments and registrations received less than 60 days before the start of a session.

Add-ons & Prerequisites

TCVM Fundamental Theories

$100

CVBMA Certification

$350

Frequently Asked Questions