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The Chi Institute
The Chi Institute
9700 West Hwy 318
Reddick, FL 32686
Tradtional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Acupuncture represents an ancient art of medical practice which has its roots in antiquity. Perhaps the earliest record of acupuncture dates to the Ice-Man found in the Italian Alps, who had a tattoo over a known acupuncture point which had to have been placed there by another person. On magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the Ice-Man had an intervertebral disc herniation which should have been painful and which might have responded to acupuncture treatment at the tattooed point. Understanding acupuncture in today's terms must take into account the history of acupuncture and the changes in technology that have developed while acupuncture theory continued to evolve.
- TCVM Herbals
Chinese herbal medicine has expanded through the years to categorize over 5000 plants, minerals, shells, insects and body parts of various animal species which have varying degrees of medicinal purposes. About 6% of these compounds have been found to be the most potent. Some are now know to possess potent properties that are also in modern medications. For example, Jin Yin Hua (Lonicera), Lian Qiao (Forsythia) and Ban Lan Gen (Isatis) have now been shown to have anti-viral properties; but have safely been used in TCVM formulas for several hundred years. Now that TCVM herbals are regulated internationally, safe and effective products are available to help patients prevent and recover from disease.
- TCVM Food Therapy
Food Therapy is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a practice of healing using natural foods along with or instead of medications. Foods may be used for their innate properties to aid the body in healing. They can also be used as substitutes for TCVM herbal formulas by compounding foods which mimic that action of the medications. Finally, they can be used to support constitutional issues to optimize diets for the individual patient. Care must be taken to fulfill modern dietary requirements as well as maintaining TCVM principles.
- Acupuncture for Digestion & Respiration
TCVM approaches to digestion and respiration are presented as 2 separate powerpoint presentations.
- Chi Europe Lectures
The Chi Institute expanded into Europe in 2007. Dr. Clemmons continues to lecture there each year and this is where the teaching files are located.
- International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Files
The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture as an integral part of the total veterinary health care delivery system. The Society endeavors to establish uniformly high standards of veterinary acupuncture practice through its educational programs and accreditation examination and process. IVAS seeks to integrate veterinary acupuncture and the practice of western veterinary science, while also noting that the science of veterinary acupuncture does not overlook related treatment modalities.