Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Courses


Master and Doctoral Degree programmes – no more applications can be accepted for the 2016 academic year.

Professional Training in Acupuncture TCM (Licentiate in TCM programme) – applications are still being accepted for the October 2016 start.

To apply please download the application form, fees and course information from No prior knowledge of either Western Medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is required.

The Role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Palliative Cancer Care

The Director of the ICTCM, Thomas Shanahan is shown in the main college lecture room in Dublin.
College Director Thomas Shanahan

The Founder and Director of the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ICTCM), Prof. Thomas Shanahan, recently had great pleasure in accepting the position of Vice-chairman of a Specialist Committee looking into the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the provision of Palliative Care for Cancer.The invitation came from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) with whom the ICTCM has had a formal affiliation since the early 2000s.

The invitation was as follows: “In order to strengthen communication and cooperation in the field of palliative care for cancer between countries (region), The World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies WFCMS has authorized Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) to set up the Preparatory Group of “The Specialist Committee of Palliative Care for Cancer of WFCMS”. The Chief (Chairman) of the Specialist Committee is Prof. LIN Lizhu, Director of the Tumor Department of the NO.1 Affiliated Hospital of GUCM.We think it is a good opportunity for our university to work with you in academic communication about cancer treatment, so we would you like offer you the post of Vice Chief (Chairman) of the Committee.”

The preparatory meeting took place in Guangzhou on December 26th, 2015.

Acupuncture and TCM at the Irish College of TCM in Dublin

Educationfair-banner-no.1 We are currently accepting applications for our Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) course which provides full professional training in Acupuncture TCM, including Clinical training, in Dublin, Ireland. It is designed for adults wishing to work in this interesting, worth-while, self-employed profession.

To apply please download the application form, fees and course information from No prior knowledge of either Western Medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is required.

The Lic.TCM beings in mid-October each year and attracts students not only from Ireland but from many other countries in Europe and beyond, as the college is centrally located in Dublin within easy reach of the airport and the ferry terminal.

This 3 year, part-time, weekends-only course has been successfully running since 1983.
It provides a recognised qualification in Acupuncture TCM after which you can:

  • Join a professional body of Acupuncture TCM (the PRTCM) which is recognised by VHI and the other main Health Insurance providers in Ireland
  • Gain professional insurance to practise Acupuncture TCM
  • Set up in practice in any part of Ireland or the UK
  • Undertake additional professional TCM training in Chinese Herbal Medicine or Medical Qigong, if you wish.
  • Join a part-time 2 year Masters degree programme in Chinese Medicine
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    Spring Qigong Workshop Early Bird Discount


    The Spring Qigong Workshop at the Irish College of TCM, in Dublin 3 will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2016, from 10.00 to 4.30 each day.

    Some places are still available.

    The weekend is only €170 if you book and pay before 4th March.

    The normal course fee is €190.

    It is essential to Book in advance.

    Please go to our website to obtain a course leaflet, Booking Form and Fee information for the Spring Qigong Workshop.

    Spring Qigong Workshop 19th and 20th March 2016

    wasmqHealth-promoting Qigong (pronounced Cheegung), also known as Qigong for Health and Wellbeing, is part of the ancient system of Chinese therapeutic exercises.
    We are happy to announce that we are running another Introductory Qigong Weekend this Spring, on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March at our College in Dublin 3.

    The weekend introduces you to a number of different simple but effective Qigong “Exercises” that you can practice at home, on your own, on a daily basis to enhance your own health. They include simple static postures or simple movements, breathing exercises and relaxation/meditation techniques. Some theoretical introduction to Qigong and Medical Qigong is also provided.

    The workshop is open to all adult members of the public. No previous experience of Qigong, TCM, meditation, Chinese exercises or Martial Arts is required.
    Adults of all ages, and levels of health and fitness, can benefit from and enjoy this weekend of gentle exercise and relaxation.

    It is essential to Book in advance.
    Please go to our website to obtain a course leaflet, Booking Form and Fee information for the Spring Qigong Workshop.

    This weekend is an essential introductory pre-requisite for anyone wishing to take part in one of our Health-promoting or Medical Qigong Certificate courses.

    The hidden treasures of Qigong are said to include not only improvement in health, vitality and recuperative power but also in happiness, longevity, beauty, refinement and spiritual development.
    As Qigong Master Professor Xia noted, “Your experience will tell you if this is true”.

    The Qigong teacher for the March weekend trained in Guangzhou, China with Professor Xia and is a Council Member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong (WASMQ), and will be contributing a paper at the next WASMQ Conference in Beijing in June 2016. The photo below is from the 2014 WASMQ Conference.

    Visit our website to get more information about Qigong and the courses we offer.

    Happy Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey



    The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is very happy to wish all our friends, colleagues, staff and students in Ireland, China and throughout the world a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous year of the Fire Monkey which commences on Monday 8th February.

    We hope to welcome many more students to enrol on our courses during this coming year, thus helping us to fulfil our mission to establish an enduring base of well-educated and well-qualified professional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ireland and

    To view Application Packs for our main Acupuncture Training programme, the Master and Doctoral Degrees in Chinese Medicine and other Post-graduate options please go to our recently up-dated website

    The next Qigong workshop will be running on 19th and 20th March.

    We are also accepting applications now for our next intake of Acupuncture students – October start.

    Nobel Prize for Chinese Herbal Medicine Researcher Tu Youyou

    Tu Youyou' work on a treatment for Malaria
    Madam Tu Youyou, an 84 year old Chinese Pharmacologist has been awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize for her work on the development of artemisinin, a plant derivative that has significantly reduced death rates from malaria.

    Madam Tu undertook the task of extensively researching the historical text books of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, where she remembered having seen references to Herbal substances which treated what is called “Malaria” in Western Medicine.
    In a text called The Manual of Clinical Practice and Emergency Remedies by Ge Hong dating from the East Jin Dynasty (265 to 420 AD), she and her colleagues found mention of Qing Hao (Artemisia annua) – being used to treat malaria. This is the plant from which artemisinin was derived.

    Qing Hao is part of the Chinese Medicine pharmacopoeia taught at the ICTCM and is still used by TCM Herbal Practitioners today.

    Drugs based on Artemisinin are now routinely used in the fight against malaria, which still kills half a million people a year. We congratulate Madam Tu on her pioneering work, being the first expert in Chinese traditional medicine to be awarded a Nobel prize.

    The illustration describing Madam Tu’s work was displayed during the press conference announcing the winners of the Nobel Medicine Prize.

    Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Yao from badge
    To commemorate our twenty years of teaching the Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine at the ICTCM we have had a new college badge produced which includes the Chinese character for Herbal Medicine – the character YAO – as shown here.

    Over the last 20 years, many professional Acupuncture TCM practitioners have chosen to extend their range of therapeutic options by completing the Chinese Herbal Medicine diploma course with us.
    On successful completion of this course graduates are able to prescribe a wide range of tailor-made prescriptions for their clients, either to augment Acupuncture treatment or as a treatment method of Chinese Medicine in its own right.

    We are offering the diploma course again in 2016 and welcome applications from suitably qualified practitioners of Acupuncture TCM.

    Prospectus packs for the Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine and for the Acupuncture TCM professional training programme are currently available. To apply please download the application form, fees and course information.

    Please note that applications for the 2015 Professional Acupuncture Training will be closing soon as the course commences in mid October.