Spinal Acupuncture

Chinese Herbal Medicine 2 Year Degree Level Diploma Course with Pulse, Face, Tongue and Eye TCM Diagnosis

Course Fee is £2500 per year

 

Next Admission Dates

2017 Dates

January Winter Break

18 /19 February 2017
18 / 19 March 2017
22 / 23 April 2017

20 / 21 May 2017   
17/18 june 2017
15/16 July 2017

Aug Summer Break 

23/24 Sept 2017
21/22 Oct 2017
18/19 Nov 2017
16/17 Dec 2017

2018 Dates

January Winter Break

17/18 February 2018
17/18 March 2018
21/22 April 2018
19/20 May 2018 
23/24 June 2018 
14/15 July 2018

Aug Summer Break
 
22/23 Sept 2018           
20/21 October  2018      
17/18 November 2018   
15/16 Decembe
r  2018

Contact Paul Robin acusoc@yahoo.co.uk call 07734 668402

Interviews by appointment only at this address

Ask for the College of Chinese Medicine at

University of London
Connaught Hall
Torrington Room
36-45 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9EX


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Course Fees £2500 per annum
1 weekend per month from 10 am to 2 pm at

University of London
Connaught Hall
Torrington Room
36-45 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9EX

 

Contact Paul Robin 0773 4668402 Email acusoc@yahoo.co.uk

 

Outline

We teach students how to create and modify safely their own herbal formulations according to Chinese Traditional Pulse, Face, Tongue and Eye diagnosis.

We are one of the few courses in the UK still teaching individual herb knowledge based on Traditional Chinese diagnostic techniques.

As we do not use or advocate patent herbal remedies and prefer to teach individual herb knowledge and how to prescribe and formulate your own formulas tailor made to your clients specific requirements.

These formulas are modified on regular consultation with qualified practitioners and as such fall outside of the EU Directive on the regulation of patent herbal remedies, further we belief this this is the most effective and safest way to use herbal medicines

We welcome new students with a background in Anatomy and Physiology and also those who have previously studied patient formulas, western Herbalism or TCM theory who wish to upgrade their skills to be able to formulate in the Ancient safer and more effective way of the Traditional Chinese style Herbalist.

Successful graduates will be awarded a Degree Level Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine and will be entitled to use the initials Dip HTCM after their names and will be accepted as a members of the Acupuncture Society.

(annual membership £100 and student and professional indemnity cover cover can also be arranged)

Members of the Acupuncture Society, and are entitled to use the initials MAcS HTCM after their names.

 

2 year Degree Level Chinese Herbal & Traditional Diagnosis Diploma Course


Cost: £2500 per Year (total £5000 over 2 years)


Total Contact hours: 180 (9 hours x 20 Contact Weekends)


Total Home study 728 (7 hours per week over 2 years)


Total Contact and Home Study Hours 908 (over 2 years)


Qualification:
Degree Level Chinese Herbal & Traditional Diagnosis Diploma

 

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Detailed study of 200 Chinese Herbal medicines
 

Pulse diagnosis explained based on Paul's 25 years experience with practical pulse taking sessions and explanations of how to translate pulse data into diagnoses and effective Herbal formulations.

Each module will cover Herbs which are similar or used together in combination, you will study thier differences to understand the feature properties and synergies of each medicine and how this will assist in each particular treatment area.

The Pulses Face Tongues and Eye diagnostics studied in each module will be relevant to the herbs chosen so as to focus attention on a particular syndrome.

Tongue Face and Eye diagnosis is used to cross correlate with pulse information and confirm or reject a diagnostic assumption it is very reliable and and easy to learn. Paul teaches these diagnostic methods in a practical way and explains in clear traditional Chinese and modern medical terms.

This course will cultivate a clear passage from the diagnostic signs seen the pulse tongue face and eye to the ability to formulate your own herbal prescriptions.

Formulations vary from 1 or 2 up to 20 or more herbs

We treat multiple symptoms and conditions often simultaneously so each herb within a formula will tackle with different problem that a patient is suffering.

The course is run over 10 weekend modules per year at

 

University of London
Connaught Hall
Torrington Room
36-45 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9EX

 

Roll on Roll off Entrance Policy

2 year course students need to complete 40 modules over 2 years.

1st year is foundation level and 2nd year will cover advanced course study's and a higher understanding of formulations and diagnosis will be attained under supervision by the module leader

Modules

There are 10 weekend modules (20 contact days) in the first year and the same in the second year. Students can begin the course on any module and provided that all 10 (2 day) modules are successfully completed they can then proceed to the second year which has a similar continual arrangement.

Where a module is missed student can make up the missing days at the teaching clinic at an extra cost of £100 per day

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The 10 second year modules are held in the morning of each scheduled weekend

Short written and oral testing on the main content of previous module, monthly home assignments researching the modern Western and traditional Chinese aspects of each topic with class discussions


Pulse diagnosis, theory, interpretation and practice, cross correlating between Chinese pulse tongue eye theory and diagnostic terminology with common western conditions, and meridian theory


Detailed practical pulse face tongue eye theory analysis
common conditions and herbal formulations


Practical herbs and herbal formulations for common conditions.


Understanding herbal formulations also practical medicinal use and contra indication and the progression from diagnosis to treatment formulation

End of year Examinations

 


First and Second Year Modules (weekend 2 Year Course)
Mornings are Chinese Herbal and TCM Diagnosis
Afternoons are All Types of Acupuncture

 

2017 Dates

 

18 / 19 February 2017
Saturday

Morning Making Patient Consultation Notes

Afternoon Korean Hand Acupuncture & Magnetic Therapy

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Anti-inflamatory Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Liver Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

18 / 19 March 2017
Saturday

Morning Tongue Face & Chinese Irridology Diagnosis

Afternoon Scalp Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Oedema Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Conception and Governing Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

22 / 23 April 2017
Saturday

Morning Pulse Diagnosis

Afternoon Orthopaedic Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Liver Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Lung and Large Intestine Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

20 / 21 May 2017
Saturday

Morning Ocupational Standards & Professional Ethics

Afternoon Auricular Acupuncture

Sunday

Making Balms for Musculo-skelital conditions & Bi Syndromes

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Stomach Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

17 / 18 June 2017
Saturday

Morning Traditional TCM Theory

Afternoon Drawing Yin Meridian Point Locations

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Anti-rheumatic Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Sunday Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Spleen and Heart Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

15 / 16 July 2017
Saturday

Morning Pulse Diagnosis

Afternoon Turtle Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Astringent herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon : Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Small Intestine Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

23/24 Sept 2017 
Saturday

Morning Making Muscular Rhuematic Balm

Afternoon Cosmetic Acupuncture Gua Sha Cupping

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Clearing Heat Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Bladder Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

21/22 October  2017 
Saturday

Morning Formulars and Strategies Herbal Topics 1

Afternoon: Spinal Acupuncture

Sunday

Morning written test on previous months topics

Replenishing Essence herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Kidney and Pericardium Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

18/ 19 November 2017
Saturday

Morning Tongue Face & Chinese Irridology Diagnosis

Afternoon Auricular Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Dampness Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Triple Warmer Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

16 / 17 December 2017
Saturday

Morning Pulse Diagnosis

Afternoon Korean Hand Acupuncture & Magnetic Therapy

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Blood Tonic Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Gall Bladder Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

2018 Dates

 

17/18 February 2018
Saturday

Morning TCM Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Blood Moving Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Liver Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

17/18 March 2018
Saturday

Morning Tongue Face & Chinese Irridology Diagnosis

Afternoon Scalp Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Haemostatic Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Conception and Governing Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

21/22 April 2018
Saturday

Morning Pulse Diagnosis

Afternoon Drawing Yang Chanels and Locations

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Spleen Tonic Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Lung and Large Intestine Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

19/20 May 2018
Saturday

Morning TCM Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Auricular Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Kidney Yin Yang herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Stomach Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

23/24 June 2018
Saturday

Morning Making Balms for Skin Conditions

Afternoon Drawing Head and Face Points Locations

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Cardio-vascular Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Spleen and Heart Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

14/15 July 2018
Saturday

Morning Tongue Face & Chinese Irridology Diagnosis

Afternoon Cosmetic Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Gastro Entero Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Cosmetic Acupuncture with Gua Sha Cupping & Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Small Intestine Meridian Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

22/23 Sept 2018 
Saturday

Morning Herbal Formulation Skills

Afternoon Orthopaedic Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Genito-urinary Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Bladder Meridian Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

20/21 October  2018 
Saturday

Morning Formulars and Strategies Herbal Topics 2

Afternoon: Spinal Acupuncture, Needle Manipulation, Qi Gong

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Virus Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Kidney and Pericardium Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

17/18 November 2018
Saturday

Morning Code of Ethics and Safe Practice

Afternoon Auricular Acupuncture

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Gynacological Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Triple Warmer Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

15/16 December 2018
Saturday

Morning Pulse Diagnosis

Afternoon Drawing Major Point Locations

Sunday

Oral testing and discussion previous months topics

Dermatological Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion

Afternoon Orthopaedic, Spinal, Traditional & Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis Clinical

1st Year Topics: Gall Bladder Meridians Conditions Points, Herbs and Syndromes

 

HOMEWORK FOR ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBAL STUDENTS

 

Chinese herbal medicine 2 year degree level course objectives

 

Gain core knowlege of 200 common used herbs to include TCM action, medicinal use, contra indication, practical uses and formulation for both the theoretical and clinical environments

To understand TCM theory, Chinese and western anatomy, physiology and diagnostic assesments of pulse, tongue, face, eye, smell, touch, observation, listening, interrogation, constitutional types, organ emotional orifice body structure relationships through five element correspondance, eight principles,

Students to be able to convert and assimulate TCM diagnostic signs with medical and patient information and be able to formulate practical useful and effective herbal treatment combinations.

To gain aptitude in composing and administering such formulations. Showing the ability to read pulse, face, tongue and eye and crosscorrelate information to find bases for effective treaments

To demonstrate awareness of health and safety issues, safe practice, keeping good records, legal and ethical issues and professionalism

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Advanced Herbal Postgraduate Diploma Course for Western and Traditional Qualified Acupuncturists, Acupuncture Students on Degree level courses, Doctors, Osteopaths, Chiropractics Physiotherapists, other Health professionals and Herbal students/graduates with anatomy and physiology level 3 who wish to develop their formulation skills.

PLEASE READ OUR TREATMENT SAFETY CHECK LIST BELOW BEFORE ATTENDING CCM COURSES:

The list below is a student safety guide used prior undertaking a CCM course. We aim to protect the health and safety of students in training and also those they practise on during and after the course.

If you suffer from any of the conditions listed below or other conditions which have not been included that you feel are relevant, please inform us prior to class treatments so that we can assess you suitability for such treatment.

Where there is any doubt please consult your GP.

- A recent operation
- An untreated medical condition
- Severe Bone or joint disorders (Rheumatoid/Osteo arthritis, osteoporosis)
- Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, heart / circulatory desease, thrombosis)
- Diabetes
- Endocrine disorders
- Epilepsy
- Drug addiction or recent use of cocktails of recreational and prescribed drugs and or exessive alcohol consumption
- Medication
- Pregnancy (or post natal)
- Severe skin disorders
- Severe mental illness
- Spinal injuries
- Prone to fainting
- If you suffer from infectious deseases like hepatitis b or HIV

You must also have eaten about 2 hours prior to treatment (please inform tutor if you haven't

- If there anything else we should know about your health, please let the tutor know.
- The same proceeding is required prior to treating your clients or during assignments

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2 year Chinese Herbal & Traditional Diagnosis Diploma Course


Cost: £2500 per Year (total £5000 over 2 years)


Total Contact hours: 180 (9 hours x 20 Contact Weekends)


Total Home study 728 (7 hours per week over 2 years)


Total Contact and Home Study Hours 908 (over 2 years)


Qualification:

Degree Level Chinese Herbal Medicine & Traditional Diagnosis Diploma
 

The cost of the optional 3rd year is £1500 this gives you access to any weekends

contact acusoc@yahoo.co.uk or

Call Paul Robin to join this course 0773 4668402

After successfully completing your course there is a £30 certification charge

http://www.ccmlondon.com/ccm_certification.php

Membership to the Acupuncture Society is available to course attendees
(upon paying the annual membership fee of £100)

http://www.acupuncturesociety.org.uk/application-form.php

(Please note that course fees are non-refundable)

Fees are directly payable by chq's made out to your course tutor account

CCM cannot accept payment on behalf of each individual tutor

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Paul Robin FAcS MPCHM MCAA

Head of the College of Chinese Medicine TCM faculty Chairman of the Acupuncture Society

Paul Robin has been teaching and practicing Traditional Chinese medicine for over 20 years. He was trained in the Fook Sang style by Dr Ac Bernard Kai Lam Lee (who was a TCM specialist brought over from China by the British Acupuncture Association) and qualified in 1987. Paul was Dr Lees full time apprentice and assistant for 9 years during which time he conducted research and lectured at the Fook Sang courses held at Imperial College and was President of the Fook Sang Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Practitioners Association.

In 1994 Paul founded the College of Chinese Medicine and some years later founded the Acupuncture Society in order to establish Chinese style Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the UK.

Paul specializes in Spinal, Traditional and Chinese Medical Style Deep Needling Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Diagnosis and complex Chinese Herbal formulations.

He represents the Acupuncture Society in the Acupuncture Stakeholders Group which is working with leading members of the profession toward the future regulation of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and preparing for the professions inclusion into the NHS.

Paul lectures at the College of Chinese Medicine and is also a specialist TCM consultant at the Clinic of the College of Chinese Medicine in Harley Street.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Question

Please can you explain the difference between the four main courses you teach at The College of Chinese Medicine ?


Answer

Course One:

The main course lasts two years and you are taught Acupuncture, TCM Diagnosis and Chinese Herbal Medicine. This course is taught on weekends, twelve weekends in the first year and another twelve in the second year, one weekend a month. With this course there is an additional option to attend a student clinic once a week, on wednesdays in the first year and thursdays in the second year. On successful completion of the course you are awarded your diploma qualification and can then apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society http://www.acupuncturesociety.org.uk and commence work as a practitioner. This two year weekend course costs £2500 per year, so it is £5000 for the whole course. On this course there is an additional £50 a day charge for attending the wednesday or thursday student clinic.The first year of the course and the wednesday student clinic are both taught in East Finchley. The second year of the course and the thursday student clinic are both taught at UCL International Hall Russell Square London.


Course Two:

This is exactly the same as Course One except you do not study Chinese Herbal Medicine.


Course Three:

This is called the apprenticeship course, it is exactly the same content as Course One but it is not taught on weekends, it is taught only on the wednesday clinics in the first year and the thursday clinics in the second year. The apprenticeship course is also a 2 year course.


Course Four:

This is exactly the same as Course Three except you do not study Chinese Herbal Medicine.


With all these four courses if the student has completed the training and passed all the exams they will be awarded with their qualification and can then apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society and commence work as a practitioner. However if they have done two years of training and their standard is still below what is required they will be asked to attend further training until they are at the required level of competence. 


Question

Do I have to wait until September to start one of the four courses described above ?


Answer

No, you can join at any time of the year as lessons are modular.


Question

What is the process for joining the course ?


Answer

Please fill out the online application form and send an email to:

For the weekend course Paul Robin acusoc@yahoo.co.uk

For the weekday course Paul Brecher paul@taiji.net


Question

Once I have been qualified can I practice in the NHS ?


Answer

At present any qualified provider (which includes our graduates) can practice Acupuncture within the NHS, provided that the Doctors Running the practice agree and are prepared to recommend you. Monyt graduates of our courses practice in health centres, sports centres, in private clinics, in their own business premises or home clinics. Insurance is available for graduates of our College. Our graduates are entitled to join the Acupuncture Society wihich is a leading professional body.


Question

Once I have been qualified at your College I can practice acupuncture anywhere in the UK but can I practice anywhere in the world ?


Answer

Every country has its own criteria, for example in some countries you must be a Doctor first to be able to practice acupuncture. In some other countries you may have to take an additional exam to prove that you are at a suitable level of competence. Please contact the embassy of the country you are intending to practice in to find out what their requirements are. Generally Eu law allows those who can legally practice in one member state to be able to practice in an other, but to be sure you would need to check with the appropriate officials in that country.


Question

If I train at your college will I be able to practice once government regulation comes into effect ?


Answer

Back in 2011 it was decided by the government that there in not going to be regulation of the Acupuncture profession. A written Ministerial Statement (16th February 2011) from The Secretary of State for Health says that acupuncture in the UK is going to remain self regulating as it is now. 


Question

What is the difference between your College and a University degree course ?


Answer

We are a practical training College, our courses are are Diplomas accredited by the Acupuncture Society and some are at degree level, On completion enable you to be able to practice acupuncture with a high level of professional expertise, competence and confidence. Many University degree courses are often philosophical, theoretical, academic, and generally not practical. Some have been undersubscribed and have closed their courses due to lack of student numbers. Our degree level courses are accreditied by the Acupuncture Society rather than a University, we use many practical methods to teach both theory and clinical practice. We also run Diploma and CPD courses.


At University you spend the majority of your time writing essays and reading books, attending periferal subjects and discussing complex philosophical theories with limited practical experiance. At our College you spend the majority of your time learning useful acupuncture techniques and applying them right from the start. Our ethos is to install confidence and to teach practical theories which lead to effective clinical treatment.


University degree courses teach many acupuncture points, which in reality are not often used as they may be in over vulnerable anatomical locations or over embarrassing areas, some of these also may not work very well. At our college we focus on points which are actually commonly used in clinical practice. These points are the ones which are safe, easy to access and most effective. Most Universities in China and Uk have too many students in the class which is why they need to concentrate on Academic study. Acupuncture is a practitcal clinical skill which has been traditionaly taught for many centuries and the skills have been handed down from master to pupil. This is the preferred method of our College and classes are kept small and practical to acheive this.

 


Chinese herbal medicine has been recently taught in Universities to promote the use of patent remedies which are now restricted by EU law. At our college we have always taught individual herb knowlege. Herbs which are non toxic, cheap, easy to obtain, legal, effective and in common use in clinical practice, moreover we focus to teach the students the abillity to formulate their own formulas tailor made to the patients according to TCM and western diagnosis. These formulas are regularly modified to ensure that they are safe and not presenting unwanted side effects. Treatments made in this way are not subject to EU restrictions as they are made up by a qualified practitioner and not sold as a herbal product. Our college has always been teaching in this way and we disagree with the use of patent remedies.


As we use modern and direct methods of teaching and because both herbal medicines and acupuncture share the same TCM and western theory, we can train you to be a practitioner of both subjects in two years. We do however offer the option of an extra year for those who wish to develope their practical skills further in clinical environment.


On a University degree course you may not have much experience with actually doing acupuncture, at our college you will be doing acupuncture in every lesson, even from your very first day.


Many students who have done Uni course know a lot about interesting but non relevant subjects such as: the history of China, the Chinese language, Chinese philosophy and complex abstract theories from ancient manuscripts that are not actually used in practical acupuncture. Many of these do not translate well into English and only serve to mystify Chinese medicine and confuse students


At our College students are trained how to construct an acupuncture and herbal formula from diagnosing the patient through the Pulse, Face, Tongue, eye , also using western concept and symptomology, they are trained in how to acupuncture the patient with the correct length needles inserted to the correct depth at the correct angle to achieve the desired healing result. We teach many advanced methods such as acupuncture of the spine and formulas that combine both re enforcing and reducing acupuncture simultaneously. These advanced practical skills are generally not taught at Uni , but are taught at our college as our college ethos encourages this.


Question

Do you do five elements acupuncture ? I have heard of some other colleges offering courses in five elements acupuncture are you a five elements college ?


Answer

There are many principles in acupuncture,  5 elements,  blood, jing and qi,  yin and yang,  8 diagnostic principles,  hollow and solid organs, 12 meridians and 8 extra meridians, syndromes etc. At our college we teach all the above and much more, they are all important components of acupuncture, it would not make sense to prioritise one over the others as they all are equally important parts of the whole. However we teach these theories from a practical point of view not as only as abstract philosophies. 


Question

You say your course is practical not philosophical, what does this actually mean ?  


Answer

Other colleges and universities will teach that a certain acupuncture point should be used because it is in a certain category:

It is a mother point

It is a son point

It is an element point wood/fire/earth/metal/water 

It is on a meridian which relates to an element wood/fire/earth/metal/water

It is a spring/stream/river/sea point 

It is a xi cleft point

It is a yuan source point 

It is a luo connecting point

It is a ghost point 

It is a window to heaven point 

etc 


At our college we teach that for a certain condition points should be chosen because of their actual medical effect:

This point clears inflammation

This point brings down temperature

This point strengthens the respiratory system

This point strengthens the digestive system

This point strengthens the immune system

This point relaxes the piriformis muscle to reduce sciatica

This point treats myasthenia (muscle weakness)

This point regulates the cardiac nerve

This point clears migraine 

This point is for insomnia 
All this is formulated with the patients constitution, and medical conditions in mind


Question

You say your course teaches Chinese acupuncture, what is the difference between Chinese and English acupuncture ?  


Answer

Western acupuncture generally only uses a very few needles, maybe four or five pairs of point will be used in one treatment which are generally formulated on five element principles to balance qi or are musculo skelital based. In Chinese acupuncture we use as many needles as is necessary to treat the patient who may often have multiple conditions.

*Please note that this degree level diploma course is accredited by the acupuncture society and not by a university

http://www.acupuncturesociety.org.uk/accredited_courses.php

*Please not that this degree level diploma course is accredited by the acupuncture society and not by a university

http://www.acupuncturesociety.org.uk/accredited_courses.php

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Please submit this form and the course tutor will respond to your email to inform you of whether you have been accepted.



Acupuncture SocietyAcupuncture Society membershipReturn to Top ↑

Successful graduates from this course can apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society are entitled to use the abbreviations MAcS CHM after their names the society can also arrange professional indemnity insurance at a very competitive members preferential rate

all members must be insured and log 15 hours of CPD per year (8 hours courses/seminars/workshops and 7 hours home study/research)

Acupuncture Society Application Form

if they join the Society and adhere to its code of ethics rules and regulations and supply copies of their insurance.

Acupuncture Society members are exempted from Local Authority Licensing in many areas including Greater London please check with your local authority.

The annual membership to the Acupuncture Society is £75

The College of Chinese Medicine

Thank you for your application!

Your course tutor will contact you as soon as possible.
If you do not receive a reply within the next few days please call the course tutor.

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Regulation from the EU has not affected this style of Herbal Formulation

Because we make up our Herbal Formulations ourselves and modify them according to our clients specific condition by making regular assesments of thier constitution and illness.

This system is actually the ancient way and is far safer, as constant assessment and modification reduces side effects and enables for more effective treatment.

When a patient takes a patient remedy (which are now regulated under EU legislation): These are often taken without regular modification. So as the patients condition changes, for example; when one has a temperature, the herbs previously taken are rendered inappropriate, thus causing undesirable side effects or further exacerbating the patients condition. (as the original formular would not have been designed to reduce a fever).

There will be a government consultation due in April 2012 leading to a White Paper anticipated between 2013 and 2014, if it goes through it is likely to require registration of Herbal Practitioners with the HPC, it's anticipated that this could greatly increase our acceptance within the orthodox medical community. There should be grandparenting arrangements for all those in practice prior to the legislation becoming active but good english standards may be a requirement. Until the White Paper is published it is not yet clear what exactly it will contain, but its expected to follow simillar processes that occured when previous aspirant therapies attained registration to the HPC in the past. The Acupuncture Society is seeking to attain automatic grandparenting for all its Herbal Members.

However its worth noting that Acupuncture has previously undergone the same process which ended in the abandonment of Statutary Regulation in favour of Volutary regulation resulting in no real change in the law.

This was due to the powers that be in orthodox western medicine not wanting to accept therapies which they consider non scientific.

Yin and yang and meridians are actually an ancient science but is unlikely to co-exist with western modern scientific theories, so actually there is good posibility that this legistlation will come to nothing also, as some Doctors and Scientists dont really want to accept TCM at least not in public. Herbal medicines are very popular with the public, but the pharmaceutical industry is interested in holding on to its market position and will use any means to discredit us, usually on the the basis of so called evidense based research which regards everthing that hasnt been researched as dubious when evidence based reseach is usually funded by an interested party and results cherry picked to put over a particulary point of view and support comercial interests untill contrary reseach is funded to dispute these so called facts.

Follow this link to the hpc website page on herbal regulation http://www.hpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/aspirantgroups/aspirantgroups/