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The Sussex College of Chinese Massage & Acupuncture

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Acupuncture Course

Please Note: This acupuncture course can only be started if you have completed the Tuina Massage Course first as this course continues with the study of TCM principles further in addition to teaching acupuncture needling techniques on points already taught in the tuina course. Please see pre-requisites further down.

This course offers an excellent opportunity to learn Traditional Chinese Acupuncture theory and practice within a part-time study format. It’s a relatively short course that will help you to get your practice up and running in a relatively short time.

Course Venue –  In the privacy of your home.

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.

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.


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
  • Musculo-skeletal disorders – frozen shoulder / sciatica / lumbago / arthritis etc
  • Sports and traumatic injuries

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

  • Musculo-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 with acupuncture
  • Heat Lamps with acupuncture
  • 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 Pre-requisites & Who Can Enrol

Completion of the tuina course is required for you to be accepted on this course. Tuina and acupuncture go hand-in-hand and practicing tuina first will give you an excellent base to work and learn from. It will also allow you to combine these two interrelated therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in clinical practice which is a very powerful and effective combination. I often work specific areas of the body with my hands while having needles inserted elsewhere.

Learning and practicing tuina massage before learning acupuncture will naturally develop your touch and palpation skills as well. This will naturally help you to gain a deeper understanding and natural feel of the body’s underlying structure. This will not only help you to locate acupuncture points easily but it will also provide you with more versatility as a practitioner with far more scope in a clinical setting than acupuncture alone as mentioned above. In addition, many people have a fear of needles and others require some form of massage or other bodywork treatment for their condition. Having Chinese massage therapy (tui-na) at your disposal will allow you to offer an alternative treatment for those clients who fall into these categories. In short, having a thorough working knowledge of tuina massage therapy will help you to be a more rounded, more accomplished therapist when combined with acupuncture.

This acupuncture 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: You will also need to be at least 18 years of age and able to read, write and speak the English language fluently.

Course Examination

As with the Tui Na 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.

Course Content and Study Material

As with the tuina course you will need to purchase any decent acupuncture book of some type or another for point reference, actions and indications and for on-going training for the rest of your days an an acupuncturist.

A good book for acupuncture is;

‘A Practical Guide To Acu-points’ by Chris Jarmey and Ilaira Bourantinos

It can be seen here at Amazon
ISBN: 978-0-9543188-4-0

Also, the classic Chinese acupuncture manual;

‘Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion’ by Cheng Xinngong & Foreign Languages Press

It can be seen here at Amazon

For Chinese Medicine theory, one of my all-time favourites is;

‘The Web That Has No Weaver’ by Ted Kaptchuk

It can be seen here at Amazon

There are many good Chinese medicine and acupuncture books on the internet so have a good look and see what you feel drawn to and read the reviews before buying.


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