The 8 Extraordinary Meridians

Dr. Patricia Baley discusses the functions and clinical application of each of the 8 Extraordinary Meridian in veterinary acupuncture.

Patricia Baley
Patricia Baley

Course Overview

A review and discussion on the use of the 8 Extraordinary Meridians in veterinary acupuncture. The 8 Extraordinary Meridians allow us to access problems at a Yuan Qi level, where many chronic medical problems reside. Although we are all taught about these channels in our basic acupuncture course, often there is confusion about how to use these channels in a clinical setting. This course covers both what is taught in the basic acupuncture courses and what is needed for more sophisticated use of these channels. We cover the functions and clinical application of each of the 8 Extraordinary Meridians. We also cover potential modifications of opening and closing points based on anatomical differences between bipeds (humans) and quadrupeds (most of our patients).


This course is suitable for preparation for advanced veterinary certification exams such as the FAAVA (Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture) exam.


  • The student will learn how to simplify handling complex cases

  • The student will learn how to distinguish each of the 8 Extraordinary Vessels

  • The student will learn how to locate the 4 Seas

  • The student will learn how to needle an extraordinary vessel


  • 0 hrs - 30 min

    Functions of the Extraordinary vessels and the Four (4) Seas

  • 30 min - 45 min

    Functions of Du Mai, Ren Mai, Chong Mai, Dai Mai

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Functions of Yin Qiao Mai, Yang Qiao Mai, Yin Wei Mai, and Yang Wei Mai


Patricia Baley

Dr. Patricia Baley, DVM, PhD, CVA, CVH, FAAVA, is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and is a graduate of Texas A&M University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: IVAS (1), Standard Certificate (1)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Seminar

  • Course Length: 1 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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