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TCM and Acupuncture 3-Months Foundation Diploma Course Level 1

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TCM Foundation Level 1
30 September, 1,2 October;

28, 29, 30 October;
2, 3, 4 December 2023

– Fee £1200

TCM Foundation Level-2 – 2024

4, 5, 6 May and 1, 2, 3 June 2024

– Fee £900


CCM West London
Hogarth Youth Centre
Duke Road
London W4 2JR


This is a part-time 3 months level-1 Foundation course in TCM and acupuncture. The course is designed to serve as a theoretical foundation for students with an interest in Oriental medicine and acupuncture or students who wish to deepen their TCM and acupuncture knowledge. The course also serves as a preparation module for students on practitioner- level courses in TCM, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Orthopedic acupuncture, Tui Na and Acupressure massage.

Course aims

To promote practical understanding of the specific terminology used in TCM and to provide theoretical knowledge of TCM anatomy, physiology and pathology that is essential for understanding the causes, mechanisms, clinical features and diagnosis of disease as understood by TCM.

To install correct understanding of the acupuncture meridian system and the precise location and action of commonly used acupuncture points.

To explain the rational behind TCM and acupuncture principles and methods of diagnosis and treatment

Course Structure

The course is taught part-time in 9 lecture days running over 3 months – 3 Saturday, Sunday and Monday blocks. The lecture days are 9.30am 5.30pm. It has 216 study hours, out of which 72 are contact hours and 144 are home study.

 The course is comprised of two modules TCM and Acupuncture modules.

Successful graduates will be awarded
Foundation Diploma in TCM and Acupuncture Level-1.

Achievement of the learning outcomes is assessed by continuous verbal questioning, as well as by final 2-hour written exam.


The course is comprised of two modules TCM and Acupuncture modules.

1. TCM Theory Module

– History and philosophy of TCM

– TCM physiology

– TCM aetiology

– TCM pathology: patterns of disharmony

– TCM principles of treatment

– TCM methods of treatment

2. Acupuncture module

– The Historical Development of Acupuncture

– The Ging-Luo the acupuncture meridian system

– The acupuncture meridians – pathways and points

– The Muscle region of the Regular meridians

– The Extraordinary meridians

– The acupuncture points

– The Extraordinary points

– Methods of locating acupuncture points

– Therapeutic properties of the acupuncture points

– Therapeutic principles and methods of acupuncture

– Manipulation techniques of acupuncture

– Acupuncture contraindications and precautions

– Moxibustion and Cupping therapy

– Acupuncture formulation

Course AdmissionAdmission Requirements

The course is designed for both working and prospective therapists. It is also open to anybody with an interest in TCM and acupuncture. As this is a foundation course, formal anatomy and physiology is not required but is highly recommended.

Course FeeFee

Course cost

The course fee is £1200*

 It includes:        

-       Nine 8-hour sessions

-       Copies of the theoretical lectures

-       Exam fees

 There is a certification fee of £30 for the course

 * The course fee is subject to a minimum of 4 students

Please fill in and submit the enrolment form below 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 Dragomir on 07976253682 or email:

* The course fee is subject to a minimum of 4 students

There is a certification fee of £30 for the course

Course TutorTutor

Dragomir Lubomirov FAcS MPCHM

Vice Principal of the College of Chinese Medicine

Chair of the CCM Academic board About Me #01

Tel. +44 7976 253682

Dragomir is a fully trained and insured practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and acupressure massage, which he has practiced successfully since 1997. He has a Masters Degree in Clinical Neuroscience. He is a Fellow of the Acupuncture Society, one of the main professional organisations representing TCM and acupuncture practitioners in the UK. The Acupuncture Society is an active member of the Acupuncture Stakeholder Working Group set by the DoH to map the future of the acupuncture profession in the UK.

Dragomir is the Vice-Principal of CCM London since 2003 and a senior lecturer at the College. Based on his sports, martial arts, massage and acupuncture experience, he developed and has been teaching the Advanced Acupressure Massage Course at the College since 2000 both in the UK and abroad. At the College he teaches the Auricular Acupuncture for drug and alcohol rehabilitation and stress management, Acupuncture Meridian stretch, TCM Orthopaedic diagnosis and Orthopaedic and TCM Musculo-skeletal medicine Acupuncture courses.

His professional interests are:
– neural and anatomical correlates of the acupuncture meridian system
– multi-layered interconnectivity of the neuro-axis and especially the spinal inter-segmental connectivity
– stimulation-based approaches to body regulation and healing
– traditional and modern technological methods of stimulation of acupuncture points
– exercise as treatment for musculo-skeletal, mental/emotional and general health problems as well as health enhancement, learning and personal development

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Nhi Vinh Chu  MAcS, MMA
Tel: 07906285734

Nhi studied Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine with Western Bio Sciences at The College of Chinese Medicine in London and was certified in 2008; she is a member of The Acupuncture Society.

Nhi has a private practice based in Hackney, East London and has more than 10 years of experience in the Complementary Therapy profession. Prior to her training in TCM, Nhi worked for 20 years in primary healthcare promotion and education. Nhi has spent the last 35 years living in England and working with Health care professionals in different settings: hospitals, Gps, charities, health trusts, community groups, and schools and colleges, so she has developed a well balanced Eastern / Western perspective.

In addition, Nhi runs six weeks self management health courses for NHS and delivers bespoke TCM courses for different Health Trusts and mindfulness and meditation courses.

Born in Vietnam, Nhi and her sister (also a TCM practitioner) have a hereditary in Traditional Chinese Medicine: their grandfather was a herbalist and their uncle an acupuncturist. For Nhi it was whilst travelling in China and Japan that her true vocation came to light and her natural healing skills began to shine. Nhi is fluent in four different languages and is also a Language tutor, teaching language courses privately and at Morley College in London.

Nhi’s other professional interests include Tui na Massage, Yoga, Qi gong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and a practitioner of Vipassana Meditationfor 18 years. Nhi feels these skills are all related and have enhanced her abilities as a healer.

Training, qualifications & experience

Degree Level Practitioner Training Course in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Certificate in Acupressure Massage
Certificate in Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture
Certificate in Auricular Acupuncture for stress management
Certificate in Advanced Meridian Stretch
Diploma in Tui na Massage
Certificate in Foundation course in Mindfulness
Certificate in Qi Gong and Shaolin Kung Fu
Certificate in Train the Trainer Skills
Certificate in Trainer of Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Certificate in Teaching (PTLLS), level 3 and 4
Practitioner Foundations in Hypnotherapy
Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Fitness and Exercises

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Acupuncture SocietyAcupuncture Society membership

Successful graduates from this course can apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society are entitled to use the abbreviations MAcS 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 20 hours of CPD per year (8 hours courses/seminars/workshops and 10 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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