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Five-Element Theory for Horses
An online course by Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute (TAAI)

ES 501

ELECTIVE





SYLLABUS

COURSE OVERVIEW:

         This elective course is provided by Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute.
  
         This course provides students with an in-depth description of the correspondences and officials of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. It discusses how the theory is applied to Chinese Medicine for both assessment and application purposes. Additionally, the course demonstrates a point selection technique that can be used during the "point work" segment of the acupressure application sequence.

       Students will learn how to identify and distinguish element imbalances, patterns of harmony and disharmony and learn one of the most important acu-point selection plans to help energetically balance the horse.

               Lesson 1
                    Introduction to the Five-Elements
                       Provides the historical context for the Five-Element Theory, explores the environmental roots of the elements as well as the creation and control cycles.


               Lesson 2
                    The Wood Element
                        Provides an understanding of the Wood Element. Gives students a working knowledge of this element's responsibilities within the body, the parts of the body it governs, the time of year it influences, its predominant sense organ, color and smell. This understanding provides the student with tools to assess and determine which element is displaying an imbalance within the horse.


              Lesson 3
                   The Fire Element
                         Provides an understanding of the Fire Element. Gives students a working knowledge of this element's responsibilities within the body, the parts of the body it governs, the time of year it influences, its predominant sense organ, color and smell. This understanding provides the student with tools to assess and determine which element is displaying an imbalance within the horse.  Charts are provided for each meridian.

              Lesson 4
                   The Earth Element
                          Provides an understanding of the Earth Element. Gives students a working knowledge of this element's responsibilities within the body, the parts of the body it governs, the time of year it influences, its predominant sense organ, color and smell. 


              Lesson 5
                   The Metal Element
                         Provides an understanding of the Metal Element. Gives students a working knowledge of this element's responsibilities within the body, the parts of the body it governs, the time of year it influences, its predominant sense organ, color and smell.


              Lesson 6 
                   The Water Element
                          Provides an understanding of the Water Element. Gives students a working knowledge of this element's responsibilities within the body, the parts of the body it governs, the time of year it influences, its predominant sense organ, color and smell. This understanding provides the student with tools to assess and determine which element is displaying an imbalance within the horse.


             Lesson 7
                  The Five-Elements, Theory and Assessment
                        Provides an understanding of how to use your observation of the horse's presentation to determine patterns of harmony and disharmony. Use of the Correspondence Chart and Element information are combined to determine application activities.


            Lesson 8
                 The Creation and Control Cycle of the Five-Elements
                        Provides students with an understanding of the two dynamic cycles of the Five-Elements, their laws of movement that both promote growth and define the boundaries of growth. Students learn how to use the creation and control cycles to best balance the horse.


            Lesson 9
                 The Command Points
                        Students gain an understanding of the use of the 60 Command points and their ability to assist in maintaining the dynamic energetic balance of the horse. Creation and Control cycles are further discussed and excess and deficient conditions are detailed. Point selection formulas are presented for both of these situations.

               There will be a two part exam at the completion of the course.
                    


TEXTBOOKS:
       There is are no required textbooks for this course.



TIMEFRAME:
        Tallgrass Acupressure Institute had a completiton deadline of 90 days.  
     

GRADING: 
         The grading scale for this course is as follows:
                 90-100%  =    A
                 80-89%    =    B
                 70-79%    =    C
                 Below 70%     Fail


COMMUNICATION: 
        You are strongly encouraged to communicate via email with the instructor.  If at any time during this course you change your email address, please be sure to notify the instructor and office right away.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms when communicating with the instructor.
        Please include full name and address in all correspondence.  


WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS:
        Many lessons require written assignments or essays.  They should be submitted as an attachment to an email using Word or a similar word processing software.
        Please be sure to include full name and email address on all documents - not just in the email message. 
        Proper grammar and spelling will be graded.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms - this is college level work.



MISCELLANEOUS:
        Access to a horse is required.
        All assignments and quizzes must be completed.



     
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