Welcome to the first Acupuncture College in Ireland - the ICTCM.

The Irish College of  Traditional Chinese Medicine

The first Acupuncture College in Ireland, based in central Dublin since 1983, the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches:

  • TCM Acupuncture – Acupuncture taught within the framework of TCM
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Medical Qigong
  • Health-promoting Qigong

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Acupuncture Training

On graduating from the part-time, 3 year Licentiate programme, you can set up in practice as a qualified TCM Acupuncturist.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

The Irish College of TCM provides a specialist postgraduate programme in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Medical Qigong

Postgraduate professional training in Medical Qigong, to learn MQG as it is taught in China

What is Medical Qigong?


Our Students

Our Acupuncture students come from all walks of life, from 21 to 70 years of age and and, so far, from 30 different countries.

Who trains to be an Acupuncturist?

Acupuncture Training

The TCM Profession

You can set up as a self-employed practitioner of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine or Medical Qigong.

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Health Promoting Qigong

The College offers short weekend courses in Health-promoting Qigong 2 or 3 times each year. These are open to all adult members of the public.

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TCM and its Branches

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a full medical system with branches including

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Medical Qigong

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ICTCM Features

Fees for the Acupuncture training programme can be paid by an payment plan, as shown in the current Prospectus pack.

The Four payments option is not available to late applicants.

The Terms and Conditions can be reviewed here.

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The course, called The Licentiate in TCM, begins in early October each year and we are accepting applications from January 2024 onwards.

The Prospectus 2024 has been updated and is available online. It includes:

  • An Application Form
  • Course fees and payment methods
  • A summary of the 3 year part-time programme.

Students on the Licentiate in TCM, learn to diagnose and treat clients using the underpinning theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is far more comprehensive and all-encompassing than learning Acupuncture alone.

As is said on the College Website:

“The Acupuncture practitioner uses the ancient and well-established principles and theories of Chinese Medicine to diagnose and treat the client. These are exclusive to Chinese Medicine. They do not rely upon other medical systems or diagnostic methods, such as those used by Western Medical Practitioners.

A person who is working as a Practitioner of Acupuncture/TCM can be referred to as an “Acupuncture/TCM practitioner”, a “TCM practitioner specialising in Acupuncture” or a “Chinese Medical Acupuncturist”.

Other TCM treatment options are available to the Chinese Medical Acupuncturist including

Dietary therapy and
Life style advice.

These treatment methods are all taught as part of our professional Acupuncture Training Programme, the Lic.TCM.”

News & Announcements

ICTCM Acupuncture Training Fee payment options

The ICTCM offers students several Acupuncture Training fee payment options to choose from. These options are tailored to meet the financial circumstances of all our students. Those who pay the annual fee in full before the date specified receive a discount. Installment plans are available for those without the resources to pay the whole fee […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine
offers a worthwhile, exciting, challenging  and fulfilling career.

Enrol Today! View the College Prospectus

Faculties & Departments

Department of Acupuncture

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Featured Course: Professional Acupuncture Training

Staff in the Acupuncture Department are all fully qualified practitioners of TCM many of whom also  work as Acupuncturists and TCM professionals.


More information about the Department.

Department of Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Staff working in this Department are all TCM  practitioners with experience in using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Department of Qigong

The Honorary Head of the Qigong Department is Prof Song Xinhong, of GUCM, Guangzhou, China

This Department runs weekend workshops in Qigong for Health and Wellbeing and postgraduate programmes in Medical Qigong.

Head of the Medical Qigong Department

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