Chinese Acupuncture Course

Note: There are no acupuncture courses due to run until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience.

The SCCMA acupuncture course offers an opportunity to learn Traditional Chinese Acupuncture theory and practice within a part-time study format. It is a relatively short course that will help you to get your practice up and running in a reasonable time.

The course aims to build confidence within the student and to teach them the professional skills they need to provide acupuncture as a complementary or main treatment to their patients. This is a hands-on study of Chinese acupuncture theory and practice. You will learn; traditional Chinese medicine theory, traditional Chinese diagnosis, and acupuncture needling techniques.

This course will teach you how to safely and confidently treat patients with a wide range of common ailments, medical conditions, and various types of pain. This is achieved in the time frame allocated in two ways; 

1/ Western based theories and sciences are reduced to a minimum as the main approach of the course theory focuses almost entirely on a traditional Chinese medical approach. This TCM approach is fundamental to traditional Chinese acupuncture practice and central to all SCCMA courses. 

2/ This course does not teach 365+ acupuncture points. You will not need to know that many acupuncture points in order to give a good, effective acupuncture treatment. In general, acupuncturists typically use anywhere between 50 and 100 acupuncture points on a regular basis and many use far less with a very positive outcome. If you choose to specialise in a certain area of acupuncture such as stroke rehabilitation, gynaecology, or mental emotional disorders for example, you will use even less acupuncture points as you’ll be focusing exclusively on a particular condition and the acupuncture points that are relative to that condition. The SCCMA acupuncture course currently teaches around 60 acupuncture points.

Students will practice on each other with the opportunity to take case histories outside of class hours. As a student of the SCCMA you will be eligible to gain student malpractice insurance cover whilst studying. This will allow you to practice on friends and family in your own time. This will provide you with an opportunity to gain invaluable experience and confidence whilst studying.

Course Pre-requisites

It is a good idea to learn Tuina before or alongside this course but not compulsory. Learning tuina will provide you with a deeper understanding and natural feel of the body’s structure and mechanics. It will also provide you with more versatility as a practitioner with far more scope in a clinical setting than acupuncture alone. Many people have a fear of needles and others require some form of massage, manipulative or bodywork treatment for their condition. Having tuina therapy at your disposal will allow you to offer an alternative treatment for those clients who fall into these categories. Therefore, having a thorough working knowledge of tuina therapy will help you to be a more rounded, more accomplished therapist.

This course should be seen as an in-depth introduction to Chinese acupuncture theory and practice. It teaches the important diagnostic techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the application of acupuncture as a treatment to patients. The course is taught within a TCM format with five element theories also taught for the purpose of helping with diagnosis where necessary.

Note: If the tuina course has NOT been completed first, then each module of this course will consist of two days study amounting to a total of twenty two days. If the tuina course HAS been completed first, then each module of this course will last for one day only amounting to eleven days of study in total.

Note: You will need to be at least eighteen (18) years of age, be able to read and write, and be able to speak the English language well.

Acupuncture Course Content


Chinese Medical Theories Covered Throughout The Course

  • Yin-Yang / The Five Elements – concept & theories
  • The Fundamental Substances – functions & disharmonies
  • The Zang-Fu internal organs – concept & theories
  • Causative factors of disease in Chinese Medicine
  • The Four Examinations – TCM diagnostic methods (incl. tongue & pulse)    
  • TCM Patterns of Disharmony – syndrome differentiation

Western Conditions Covered Within The Course

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma / chronic cough / breathing difficulties
  • Constipation
  • Chronic fatigue / low energy etc.
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Excessive emotions – anger, fear worry etc.
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Muscular-skeletal disorders – frozen shoulder / sciatica / lumbago / arthritis etc 
  • Sports and traumatic injuries 
  • Stroke rehabilitation

Course Modules


Acupuncture Course – Module 1

  • The Lungs & Large Intestine – functions & disharmonies
  • Diagnosing disharmonies of the Lungs & Large Intestine in TCM
  • Western related conditions of the Lungs & Large intestine
  • Main acupuncture points selected for treating the Lungs & Large Intestine
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory & practical


Acupuncture Course – Module 2

  • The Spleen & Stomach – TCM functions & disharmonies
  • Diagnosing disharmonies of the Spleen & Stomach in TCM
  • Western related conditions of the Spleen & Stomach 
  • Main acupuncture points selected for treating the Spleen & Stomach
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory & practical


Acupuncture Course – Module 3

  • The Heart & Small Intestine – TCM functions & disharmonies
  • Diagnosing disharmonies of the Heart & Small Intestine in TCM
  • Western related conditions of the Heart & Small Intestine
  • Main acupuncture points selected for treating the Heart & Small Intestine
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory & practical


Acupuncture Course – Module 4

  • The Kidneys & Bladder – TCM functions & disharmonies
  • Diagnosing disharmonies of the Kidneys & Bladder in TCM
  • Western related conditions of the Kidneys & Bladder
  • Main acupuncture points selected for treating the Kidneys & Bladder
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory & practical


Acupuncture Course – Module 5

  • The Pericardium & Sanjiao (three heater) – TCM functions & disharmonies
  • Diagnosing disharmonies of the Pericardium & Sanjiao in TCM
  • Western related conditions of the Pericardium & Sanjiao
  • Main acupuncture points selected for treating the Pericardium & Sanjiao
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory & practical


Acupuncture Course – Module 6

  • The Liver & Gallbladder – TCM functions & disharmonies
  • Diagnosing disharmonies of the Liver & Gallbladder in TCM
  • Western related conditions of the Liver & Gallbladder
  • Main acupuncture points selected for treating the Liver & Gallbladder
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory & practical


 Acupuncture Course – Module 7

  • Acupuncture point Classifications – concept and theories
  • The twelve ‘Mu’ Points (alarm points)
  • The twelve ‘Shu’ Points
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory & practical


Acupuncture Course – Module 8

  • The Twelve ‘Yuan’ Primary points (source points)
  • Five Element acupuncture points – Mother/Son points
  • The Six Command Points
  • The Eight Influential Points (Hui meeting points)
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory and practical


Acupuncture Course – Module 9

  • Muscular-skeletal disorders
  • Huatuojiaji acupuncture points
  • Acupuncture for pain management
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory and practical


Acupuncture Course – Module 10

  • Facial acupuncture – cosmetic & medical applications
  • Extra acupuncture points
  • Moxibustion
  • Heat Lamps
  • Cupping therapy
  • Acupuncture needling techniques – theory and practical 


 Acupuncture Course – Module 11

  • Revision of all previous modules
  • Precautions & contraindications of acupuncture practice
  • Managing possible accidents of acupuncture practice – bent or stuck needles etc.
  • Building a practice – insurance, legalities, equipment suppliers, client building etc.


Course Examination

As with the Tui Na Practitioner Course, there is no formal examination for this course. Each student is continually assessed during class hours. As a student, you will be required to participate in simple, practical and written tests held randomly at various stages of the course. Students are also required to take case studies from friends, family and colleagues in their own time outside of class hours.

Course Graduation

Graduation will be awarded to those students who have demonstrated a satisfactory level of understanding and competence to practice acupuncture safely and confidently. Every effort is made to bring the student to the required standard and in the unlikely event that this standard is not reached extra days will be made available for those students who may need or feel they want some extra time. This will incur an additional daily fee if required.

Course Certification

As a graduate of the Chinese Acupuncture Course, you will be awarded the SCCMA Certificate of Competence to practice Chinese Acupuncture and may use the designatory letters Cert.Ac.SCCMA after your name. This will show potential clients that you have reached a satisfactory level of the college’s standard to practice Chinese Acupuncture safely and competently. Professional Indemnity and Medical Malpractice Insurance can then be purchased through Balens.

Acupuncture Course Content and Study Material

The acupuncture course fees include all study notes. This material will be made available upon receipt of the required deposit for enrolment of the course. The online study material is fully comprehensive and provides on-going support for students of the course. It offers a constant reference for the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture theory and practice. The study material contains information on every aspect of the course including many in-depth, but easy to follow explanations of the causes and treatment of a long list of common ailments and internal disorders from a TCM point of view.

The comprehensive online study material discusses TCM principles, diagnosis, syndrome differentiation and comprehensive information on the principles and application of acupuncture practice using the most commonly used acupuncture points. The online study material can be downloaded and printed from the site or viewed as required.


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