Chinese Acupuncture  2 Year Degree Level Diploma Course

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Chinese Acupuncture
2 Year Degree Level Diploma Course

Saturdays and Sundays Theory & Clinical

Course Venue:

Lief House,
3 Sumpter Close
London NW3 5HR
(Opposite Finchley Road Station)
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Cost £2500 per year

Next 2 Year Weekend Course Admission Dates 

2019 Dates

Aug 2019 Summer Break

21/22 Sept 2019
19/20 Oct 2019
16/17 Nov 2019
14/15 Dec 2019

January 2020 Winter Break

22/23 February 2020
14/15 March 2020
25/26 April 2020
23/24 May 2020
13/14 June 2020
11/12 July 2020

Aug 2020 Summer Break

19/20 Sept 2020
17/18 Oct 2020
14/15 Nov 2020
12/13 Dec 2020

January 2021 Winter Break

20/21 February 2021
20/21 March 2021
17/18 April 2021
22 /23 May 2021
19/20 June 2021
10/11 July 2021

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

1 Weekend per month with full time option (see dates below)

Interviews by appointment only: 
Contact Paul Robin acusoc@yahoo.co.uk txt or call 07734 668402

For those unable to attend at weekends this same two years course is also available

as a midweek course, more information here http://www.taiji.net/acupuncture-and-chinese-herbal-diploma-course

 

For Midweek course

Contact Paul Brecher on paul@taiji.net or 07534 493888

 

You can also study TCM Diagnosis and Chinese Herbal Medicine only click link below

www.ccmlondon.com/acupuncture_courses/chinese_herbal_medicine/

Content

This two year degree level course with and optional 3rd year clinical attachment and Tuina Training, is a practical professional training course to enable students to achieve high standards of competence, safety and confidence as practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

There is a further option to do this course as an Acupuncture and TCM Diagnosis course without Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Students will be applying TCM diagnosis and practising on each other under supervision in a clinical environment from their very first lesson as well as being taught the theoretical understanding of what they are learning because TCM is a practical subject and is best learnt in a practical way.

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.

The ‘Ethos of the College’ is to ‘fit treatments to patients’ rather than ‘patients to treatments’ thus depending on Traditional TCM diagnostic skills to make patient assessments rather than follow theories which may pre anticipate a patients condition. Acurate assessment is the key to successful and effective treatment, this is confirmed through Pulse, Face, Tongue, Eye and other Traditional Chinese methods of examination with targeted questioning about the patients condition and medical history.

The Clinical training aspects of the course are taught by Paul Brecher BA FAcS MPCHM Principal of The College of Chinese Medicine on Wednesdays and by Paul Robin Head TCM at The College of Chinese medicine and Chairman of the Acupuncture Society on Thursdays.

The weekend 1st and 2nd year classes in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Diagnosis are run by Paul Robin

This object of this course is to achieve standards set out by the Acupuncture Society Accreditation process and is a professional training diploma course in Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine and diagnosis, the emphasis is on achieving set standards of practical and clinicial training. Students will be treating each other during the modules and through clinical experiance combined with TCM theory to learn practical clinical skills in there correct setting.

The course will cover Chinese anatomy, meridians and points, pathology, pulse reading and analysis, tongue, face, Chinese Sclerology and skin diagnosis, TCM traditional, Auricular, Orthopaedic, Para spinal, Hand and Abdominal Microsystems,  and Cosmetic Acupuncture, knowledge of around 200 herbal medicines and their appropriate use in clinical practice. Students will be tested on the contents of each module.

This course is taught in the same practical way that a practitioner would treat their patients, this is the way masters taught students in china through the centuries.

We hear the patient describe their symptoms and explain any western medical diagnosis they may have been given, then we use traditional Chinese diagnostic methods to identify signs and formulate acupuncture and herbal formulas appropriate to the condition, either herbs, acupuncture or both.

The whole process is discussed in depth during the session.

Treatment formulations take into account what the patient has told the practitioner and what the practitioner has discovered through TCM diagnosis. By being taught how to incorporate all this information together the student can see the big picture from the onset.

There are 20 Lessons grouped together into 10 modules in each of the first and second years. The lectures are on weekends, each lesson lasts 6 hours, from 10 am till 5 pm Saturday and Sunday with a one hour break for lunch.

(This can also be done midweek on apprenticeship style basis – contact Paul Brecher))

2 year Degree Level Chinese Acupuncture & 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)

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Qualification:

Degree Level Acupuncture & Traditional Diagnosis Diploma

Each module will include clinical and theoretic training in acupuncture, herbal medicine and chinese diagnosis and chinese anatomy/physiology.

These 10 modules of the first year are then repeated so that students can begin the course on any module and provided that all 10 modules are successfully completed they can then proceed to the second year which has a similar continual arrangement.

The course is designed on a modular basis to allow for our roll on roll off entrance policy, applicants can join the course starting on any module.

The first 10 modules all have a similar structure, the following things are explained within each module:

Short written test and oral questioning on the main acupoints and herbs of the previous module and relevant homework assignments are given each month around understanding the modern and traditional concepts of the topics covered each month.
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The natural proceses of the organ that the module is teaching and its relationship with the other organs.

The pathway of the meridian and its connections with other organs and meridians. The points that are used in clinical practice on that meridian, their location, the correct needle length and depth of insertion and the correct direction.

For excessive conditions the needle is inserted against the direction of the energy flow in that meridian, for deficiency conditions the needle is inserted in the direction of the energy flow of the meridian.

Also taught are:

The relevant needle manipulation techniques for each point

Diseases, illnesses and injuries that can affect each organ/meridian.

The pulse, tongue and face diagnosis that relates to each organ/meridian.

Common acupuncture and herbal formulations used to treat ailments in each organ/meridian system.

The medicinal use, action and contra indication of each herbal medicine and its common use is taught as well as how the herbs work together in a formula.

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

Members of the Acupuncture Society, and are also entitled to use the initials MAcS TCM after their names. There is an annual subscription fee of £100 and insurance can be arranged for around £87 per annum.

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 teminology with common western conditions

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

Practical needling of acupoints, herbs and herbal and acupuncture formulations for common conditions.

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

Students can elect to cover Acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine only but all are obliged to cover the full TCM diagnosis and theory

End of year Examinations

First and Second Year Modules (weekend 2 Year Course)

Satudays are Chinese Herbal and TCM Diagnosis

Sundays are All Types of Acupuncture

Modules

Sept 2019 

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics
Clearing Heat Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
 2pm to 5pm
Herb Formulation Skills

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10 am – 12 noon 
Dr John Ttikarou
CCM Medical Lecture Cardiovascular and Blood disease (1st & 2nd Year)

12 am to 1 pm
Cosmetic acupuncture theory
11am – 5pm

1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Bladder Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

October 2019 

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics
Replenishing Essence herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Formulas and Strategies Herbal Topics 1  

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 11am
Spinal Acupuncture Theory
11am – 5pm

1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Kidney and Pericardium Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

November 2019 

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics
Dampness Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Tongue Face & Chinese Sclerology Diagnosis

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Auricular Acupuncture Point Drawing
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Triple Warmer Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

December 2019

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Blood Tonics Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Pulse Diagnosis

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Korean Hand Acupuncture
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Gall Bladder Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

2020 Dates

February 2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Blood Stasis Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
TCM Diagnosis and Discussion


Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am – 11am
Orthopaedic Acupuncture Drawing
11am – 5pm
1st year:   Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Liver Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

March 2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Haemostatic Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Tongue Face & Chinese Sclerology Diagnosis

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am – 11am
Occupational Standards & Professional Ethics
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Conception and Governing Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

April 2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Spleen Tonic Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Pulse Diagnosis

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Drawing Orthopaedic Acupuncture points and Locations
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Lung and Large Intestine Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

May 2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Kidney Yin/Yang Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Auricular Acupuncture

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Consultation and Case History
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Stomach Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

June 2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Cardiovascular Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 4pm
Making Balms for Skin Conditions
4pm to 5pm
Basic Needle Insertion Techniques

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Deadman Drawing Head Face Neck Point Locations
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Spleen and Heart Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

July 2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Gastro Entero Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Tongue Face & Chinese Sclerology Diagnosis

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Cosmetic Acupuncture with facial gua sha and cupping theory
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Small intestine Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

Sept 2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Genito-urinary Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Herbal Formulation Skills

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Sacred Turtle Acupuncture theory

11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Bladder Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

October  2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics
Virus Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Formulas and Strategies Herbal Topics 2

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Spinal Acupuncture, Needle Manipulation, Qi Gong
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical
1st Year Topics: *Kidney and Pericardium Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

November 2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics
Gynecological Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Auricular Acupuncture

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Code of Ethics and Safe Practice
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Triple Warmer Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

December 2020

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics
Dermatological Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Pulse Diagnosis

Saturday Afternoon

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am to 11am
Scalp Acupuncture
11am – 5pm

1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Gall Bladder Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

2020 Dates

February 2021

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics
Anti-inflammatory Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
 2pm to 5pm
Korean Hand Acupuncture & Magnetic Therapy

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 11am
Making Patient Consultation Notes

11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st year Topics:Liver Meridian Conditions, Points, Herbs and Syndrome

March 2021

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Oedema Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm – 5pm
Tongue Face & Chinese Sclerology Diagnosis

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am – 11am
Dr John Ttikarou
CCM Medical Lecture Oedema (1st & 2nd Year)
11am -5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

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

April 2021 

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics
Liver Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm-5pm
Pulse Diagnosis

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am – 11am
Dr John Ttikarou
CCM Medical Lecture Liver (1st & 2nd Year)
11am -5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Lung & large Intestine Meridians Herbs and Syndromes 

May 2021

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Making Balms for Musculoskeletal conditions & Bi Syndromes
2pm to 5pm
Auricular Acupuncture

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am – 12am
Dr John Ttikarou
CCM Medical Lecture Musculoskeletal conditions (1st & 2nd Year)
12am -1pm
Face Mandible Microsystem

1pm -5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Stomach Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

June 2021

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Anti-rheumatic Herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Traditional TCM Theory

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am – 11am
Scalp Acupuncture Theory
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Spleen and Heart Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

July 2021

Saturday (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)
10am to 1pm
Discussion of previous months topics

Astringent herbal Topic Diagnosis and Discussion
2pm to 5pm
Pulse Diagnosis

Sunday  (British College of Osteopathic Medicine)

10am – 11am
Turtle Acupuncture
11am – 5pm
1st year: Meridian Theory & Clinical
2nd year:  Clinical

1st Year Topics: *Small Intestine Meridian Herbs and Syndromes

 

HOMEWORK FOR ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBAL STUDENTS 

2 year Acupuncture course objectives

To gain knowlege of the 14 main meridians thier pathways, directions subpathways and connections to zhang and fu paired organs and bowels

To know main most effective points on each meridian how to combine them for most useful therapeutic effects, to understand when to apply reinforcing and reducing directional stimulation and manipulations

To gain anatomy and physiology level 3 standards

To understand TCM theory 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, shu points, mu points, connecting points, sacral points, orthpaedic points, holistic points, spinal para-vertebral points, ashi trigger points, common extra points.

Application of converting and assimulating diagnostic signs, medical and patient information into useful and effective point 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

Admission Requirements                                    Return to Top ↑

Prospective students should be Qualified in anatomy and physiology level 3 or above (if not go to the following link for courses online between £300-400)

https://www.ccmlondon.com/acupuncture_courses/anatomy

_and_physiology/

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

Fee                                                                                Return to Top ↑

2 year Degree Level Chinese Acupuncture & 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 Acupuncture & Traditional Diagnosis Diploma

If you wish to study full time or wish to complete the optional year clinical attachment there will be an additional charge of £25 per clinical day

The cost of the optional 3rd year is £1500 and this gives you access to all CCM weekend and Thursday morning clinical classes

contact acusoc@yahoo.co.uk or Call Paul Robin to join this course or discuss any additional options on 0773 4668402

For any questions about the course on week days please email Paul Brecher at paul@taiji.net or Call For More Details on 07534493888

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

https://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

Tutors                                                                          Return to Top ↑

Paul Brecher FAcS MPCHM

Principal of The College of Chinese Medicine

Paul Brecher studied at Fook Sang College and later at The College of Chinese Medicine, he was also apprentice to Dr Ac Bernard Kai Lam Lee and Paul Robin.

He has been teaching and practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for over 16 years and Chinese Martial Arts and Healing Arts for 30 years. Teaching Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chuan, Bagua Chang and Wutang Shan Chuan. His ten instructional DVDs and eight books on the Chinese healing and martial arts have been translated into numerous languages and are on sale internationally.

Paul edited the English language version of the Chinese governments Qi Gong book – Knocking at the Gate of Life – and has been in the national press, on radio and on TV many times explaining and demonstrating the many great benefits of the Chinese martial and healing arts.

He has been developing the College syllabus for many years and has refined it into a systematic practical student friendly form.

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

Interviewed by Sky TV News on 9 July 2004 to help explain to the public more about Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Interviewed by BBC Lunchtime News on 21 December 2004 and demonstrated advanced Acupuncture techniques.
Paul Robin FAcS MPCHMMCAA

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.

BBC Radio Interview Paul Robin on Youtube

Paul Robin interview in the Dailymail

Read more of Paul Robins News Comments on:

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Annie Jenkins MPCHM MAcS IHHT ASK DIP

Annie Jenkins is qualified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs and other complementary therapies and has over 20 years experience.

It was while practising massage and reflexology that Annie became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the benefits they gave. She then trained for 7 years at the International College of Oriental Medicine, College of Chinese Medicine, London, and is a member of the Acupuncture Society. Annie keeps up to date by attending many seminars throughout the year.

Annie uses traditional Chinese acupuncture incorporating Five Elements, Yin Yang philosophy. The diagnostic process consists of pulse, face, and tongue plus a full case history.

Annie’s experience in different branches of complementary therapies gives her an insight into helping patients to improve their quality of life.

Annie is a Teacher of Acupuncture at the College of Chinese Medicine weekend course in London as well as a teacher of Kinesiology Foundation Courses in London, Sussex and Kent.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question

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

Answer

Combined Acupuncture Herbal & TCM Diagnosis Course:

The main course lasts two years and you are taught Acupuncture, TCM Diagnosis and Chinese Herbal Medicine. This course is taught on weekends, 10 weekends in the first year and another 10 in the second year, one weekend a month.
With this course there is an additional option to attend a student teaching clinic once a week, on Wednesdays  and Thursdays.
On successful completion of the course you are awarded your degree level diploma qualification and can then apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society https://www.acupuncturesociety.org.uk , get insurance and legally work as a practitioner.
This two year course costs £2500 per year, so it is £5000 for the whole course.  There is an additional small charge for attending the Wednesdays or Thursdays in the student teaching clinic (this can be added to the weekend course to make it full time).  There is also a 3 year option which covers advanced techniques and Tuina.
This course can either be done on regular Wednesdays in Kentish Town (weekday course with Paul Brecher) or the weekend course with Paul Robin in Central London.  There is also a course on one Monday and Tuesday per month in Edinburgh.

Acupuncture and TCM diagnosis Course:

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

Clinical week day course:

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 Teaching clinic in Kentish Town London and is also a 2 year course.

Chinese Herbal and TCM Diagnosis Course:

This is exactly the same as Course Three except you do not study Acupuncture.

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 on the course page 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. Most 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 which 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 Degree level Diplomas accredited by the Acupuncture Society rather than a university.
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 under subscribed and have closed their courses due to lack of student numbers.  We also run Diploma and CPD courses.  At University you spend the majority of your time writing essays and reading books, attending peripheral subjects and discussing complex philosophical theories with limited practical experience. 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 practical clinical skill which has been traditional 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 achieve 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 knowledge. 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 ability 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 develop 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 nearly every lesson. 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 symptoms, they are trained in how to acupuncture the client 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 mindQuestion

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 musculoskeletal 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

https://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. If you have any queries about this course please contact
Paul Brecher on 07534 493 888 or email: paul@taiji.net (weekday or Wednesday courses) or Contact Paul Robin acusoc@yahoo.co.uk(weekend or Thursday courses) call 07734668402

Acupuncture Society membership                Return to Top ↑

Successful graduates from this course can apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society are entitled to use the abbreviations MAcS TCM 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 £100

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