Training & Education

Foundation Course: This basic course last four days, making up 24 training hours. The Foundation Course is a mixture of lectures and practical group sessions. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 12. In the initial stages of training, the emphasis is on safety and all attendees will be observed by an experienced demonstrator to ensure a safe needling technique.

Lecturing teams are made up of experienced medical acupuncturists. The performance of lecturers and group leaders is critically assessed to maintain a high standard. Teaching on the Foundation Course is based on scientific explanations of acupuncture as far as possible, but it also involves some traditional Chinese concepts. The normal course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, 100 needles, lunches and daytime refreshments throughout the 4 days. Courses are non-residential but accommodation will be provided in guest cottages at the reasonable price if requested. Any request for accommodation must be made in advance and will be provided on first come first serve basis. In order to maximise the training and educational value of the course, we recommend that you use these pre-course revision notes to guide you in doing a little preparation. Final year students of MBBS & BDS are welcome. Student places are limited to two per course (subject to conditions) and there is a generous student discount.

This is a practical course and is subject to proof of Hepatitis B immunisation showing antibody level or results of a recent blood screen for Hep B surface antigens.  Please read the attached policy before proceeding:  HEPATITIS B POLICY. Ladies: There is no evidence that acupuncture is harmful in pregnancy. If you are or suspect you may be pregnant, however, you should bring this to the attention of the teaching staff as it may affect how much needling you receive in the practical sessions.

On completion of the course, we would expect the student to be equipped to start to practice medical acupuncture and to be committed to completing the BMAS Certificate of Basic Competence within 12 months of the course.  On achieving this award BMAS would consider the student to have reached a satisfactory standard for the use of medical acupuncture within their existing scope of professional practice.

The Foundation Course programme:

Days 1 & 2

9am – 5.30pm

  • Overview & brief history
  • Safety brief
  • Lecture & practicals on neck, shoulder & arm
  • Trigger points
  • Safety questionnaire
9 am – 5pm

  • Lecture & practicals on lower back & leg
  • Neurophysiology
  • Clinical aspects
  • Clinical cases for discussion
  • Safety & side effects

Days 3 & 4

9am – 5pm

  • Face & abdomen – lecture & practical
  • Segmental Acupuncture
  • Gynaecology & gastrointestinal disorders
  • ENT & respiratory
  • Dermatology
9am – 5pm

  • Electroacupuncture – lecture & practical
  • Neurology & psychology
  • Ear acupuncture & addictions
  • Running a clinic
  • Quiz & Case presentations