Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Articles

ICTCMThe Director of the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ICTCM), Professor Tom Shanahan, has been writing interesting and informative articles on many different aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for more than 40 years.
Many of these have been written with the student or practitioner in mind, providing his experiential advice and guidance on

  • Pathology
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Disease Differentiation
  • Other articles look at the underpinning theoretical foundations of Chinese Medicine and explore, in particular, those insights and revelations gleaned personally from his own teachers in the 1970s and 1980s.

    In the past Tom’s articles have been mainly printed in TCM journals. A recent review of the archive of the in-house journal Shenmen has uncovered dozens of articles which have not previously been available to a wider audience.

    Tom has now agreed to us offering some of the articles on the College website and we will shortly be providing a link to the first of these on

    A news item will be posted each time a new article is made available.

    Tom’s hope is that these articles will help, in their own small way, to keep alive some of the treasures of TRADITIONAL Chinese Medicine.

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