Morning Break: 10:30am – 10:45am
Afternoon Break: 3:00pm-3:15pm
Chinese Medical Treatment of Hemangiosarcoma (2 hrs)
Cancer can be difficult to manage with Chinese medicine. Patients seem to need one of several approaches, depending on their diagnosis, tumor staging, and constitution. Thus, one size frequently doesn’t fit all. In addition, certain tumors have been notoriously difficult to manage, including especially hemangiosarcoma.
It is thus surprising that a new protocol has been developed that seems capable of treating most canine hemangiosarcoma patients. Its multifaceted approach results in survivals that routinely exceeding those cited for conventional treatment. Various of its components have significant research support, yet all are consistent with the Chinese medical diagnosis that seems to underlie this dangerous tumor.
This lecture will review this new protocol, its supporting literature, and the Chinese medical principles that guided its development. Participants will emerge with a precise protocol with which to approach their next hemangiosarcoma patient.
Chinese Medicine for Treatment and Prevention of Cushing’s Disease (2 hrs)
Cushing’s Disease is simple enough to understand – an excess of serum cortisol from either a pituitary or adrenal tumor arising from disruption of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adreno-cortical axis.
A common phenomenon, however, is the dog that has symptoms of Cushing’s disease, yet only tests positive for the condition years down the road. What is going on in these patients? Many mechanisms have been speculated, yet none agreed upon. Meanwhile, treatment is delayed, and owners and animals endure many additional months of discomfort
Chinese medicine often shines as a context for effectively treating patients exactly when we are mystified from a conventional medical perspective
We can analyze its effective treatments in light of current research to understand exactly what we are missing in our understanding of diseases like Cushing’s Disease. This lecture does exactly that, illuminating why dogs experience pre-Cushing’s Disease and how to avoid them becoming Cushingoid in the future, by providing mechanisms for early treatment
Chinese Medical Management of Autoimmune Disease (2 hrs)
Veterinarians find it easier to understand Chinese medicine when they look for parallels with conventional biomedicine. Many practitioners thus understand that all immune disorders correlate with a deficiency of Wei Qi.
Wei Qi tonics and approaches tend to be of little value, however, when attempting to cure many cases of autoimmune disease in small animals. Indeed, in many cases, they may actually do more harm than good, and this talk will review why that is the case.
We will explore the Chinese medical disease mechanisms behind most commonly encountered autoimmune disorders, and the treatments that address them. We’ll see how outcomes with herbal medicine can be superior to those obtained with immune suppressant pharmaceuticals, and the fascinating mechanisms by which these are achieved. We’ll explore some key plants, and the formulas that contain them, for not only addressing fulminant pathology, but ensuring the convalescent patient recovers completely, and is even prevented from having recurrences in the future.
Clinical Application of the Three Yang Conformations (3 hrs)
All Chinese medical physiology and pathology stems from an understanding of Yin Yang theory, and their six phases or conformations within the body and the environment. Many students, however, have only a loose understanding of the three Yin and Yang, despite their fundamental importance. Meanwhile, a significant portion of complaints in small animals arise from them, particularly perturbations in the three Yang phases
This lecture will review the three phases of Yin and Yin in general, and their relationships with each other, providing a new context for diagnosing and treating disease. We’ll then focus on the three Yang specifically, and the most common clinical syndromes affecting them.
More is often not better in Chinese medicine, yet precision is. Focused minimalist treatments are thus a time-honored approach to addressing the three Yang. This lecture will focus on these classical treatments so the participant can use them as tools to accelerate improvements.
Afternoon Day Two – Live or Case Review Workshop
In this afternoon portion we will put our new knowledge of the Three Yang to the test and try to decipher real cases to choose a treatment strategy. Participants will break out into small groups to:
- Review the clinical signs and symptoms
- Formula a treatment plan
In the event we cannot arrange suitable live patients for this workshop, cases that have already been treated and which already have outcomes will be used.
This case workshop will completely prepare lecture participants for immediately identifying and treating pathology of the Three Yang in their practice.