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Acupuncture Schools or Colleges? Are you keen to become a professional acupuncturist? Have you had a look at our Reading List?
If so, there is an organisation you should join, and there are Centres of Excellence for training that you should consider.
Besides considering which acupuncture-schools to approach, as an acupuncture student you should definitely become a student member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).
This gives you either free or at very reduced prices both the journals of the BAcC and access to its annual conference - and much more.
The BAcC has an office in London which covers the whole of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They have a dedicated staff and an active marketing department, with a huge website which has many resources and a forum. They organise Mentoring and have members appointed to help you with continuing professional development.
The BAcC does a good deal of lobbying for its members and challenges organisations such as NICE on their approach to complementary medicine, and for us in Scotland, recently made presentations of petitions on our behalf to both Edinburgh City Council and the Scottish Government. (January 2016).
Plus they have a Students officer, very useful in lots of ways, who will visit your College (if on the list of approved UK colleges) to give talks and answer questions.
You will also be able to join BAcC regional groups for local meetings - great places to meet other acupuncturists and get useful advice about setting up in practice.
However, training to become a professional acupuncturist does require a fair amount of commitment. Nowadays, courses are at degree level and last for four years. You of course can do some work at home, reading and studying, but you'll need to attend the college weekly for classes and clinical practice.
As you progress, you'll learn not just about the theory behind Chinese medicine and acupuncture, but the various techniques acupuncturists use, including (of course!) acupuncture, moxa, cupping, guasha, nutrition and much more. Acupuncture schools all cover a basic course, then add their own particular interests, so all have merits.
You'll also learn, as a necessary part of the course at acupuncture schools, human body structure and function, physiology and pathology. A fair amount of your time may be spent on anatomy.
You'll also find out about why doctors prescribe medication and what the drugs patients receive are for and are doing to them.
Acupuncture schools and colleges routinely include courses on allied subjects too, for example the energy of food from the Chinese medical perspective, first aid, acupressure and so on.
The colleges also encourage friendly relationships between those attending, because students very often can help one another for mutual benefit. There's another plus from this: over the four years you may make some of the best friends of your life.
If you're in the UK and wish to train as an acupuncturist or herbalist there is a centre of excellence in York, in the North of England:
The Northern College of Acupuncture has been running acupuncture courses since 1988. They offer both a BSc and an MSc in acupuncture and also post graduate degrees in nutritional therapy and Chinese herbal medicine.
They also run busy teaching clinics at the College which is situated in the centre of historic York. Clinical practice is at the heart of their work, with students involved in the teaching clinic from the start of their courses.
The college was the first teaching institution of any kind in the UK to offer a University degree in acupuncture and the first to achieve professional accreditation for their acupuncture courses, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional therapy programmes.
They also make a
significant contribution to research by practitioners. Research carried
out the College contributed to the NICE back pain guidelines
recommending that acupuncture for back pain should be make available on
Tel: (01904) 343305
Fax: (01904) 330370
The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, an independent body, is supported by the British Acupuncture Council.
The following UK acupuncture schools and colleges, accredited by the BAAB, are taking on new students:
International College of Oriental Medicine UK East Grinstead
London Southbank University London
University of Westminster London
Provisionally Accredited Courses:
The following links are for courses which demonstrate that they are likely to meet BAAB's requirements and are committed to ongoing development of the course towards Full Accreditation by BAAB. Scrutiny of the planned course has been through documentation and discussion with the course team. Graduates of these programmes are eligible to apply for BAcC membership through the individual application route.
The Acupuncture Academy Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
City College of Acupuncture London
If you know of one or more excellent acupuncture schools or colleges we should include here for your country, let us know and we'll consider including it or them on this page.
The Scottish China Association meets regularly in Edinburgh and Glasgow and has a journal 'SINE' and a website. It has many connections with China and is always delighted to welcome new members.
Alternatively, ring him on 07950 012501 or freephone (only free to telephone within the UK) 0800 298 7015.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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