Congratulations to Daisy Xia

Congratulations to Daisy Xia – Daughter of our Qigong Masters Professor Song Xinhong and the late Professor Xia Shuangquan- on her graduation with a DACM from the Southern California University of Health Sciences.

Professor Song is the Honorary Head of the Medical Qigong Department of the Irish College of TCM.
We first met her daughter Daisy in 2002 on one of our regular (one month every year) visits to Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, where we intensively studied Medical Qigong with Prof Song and Prof Xia.

Daisy (Guangyu) was taught Qigong by her parents from an early age and, once she had become a university student in her home town of Guangzhou, she frequently assisted, and acted as the official translator, for the ICTCM Director and Registrar during Medical Qigong conferences which we attended in China.

We are delighted that she has fulfilled her ambition to join the field of TCM as a professional and we wish her every success in the future.

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong Prospectus

A oolour Prospectus with general information about the Irish College of TCM and our programmes:


  • Acupuncture TCM Professional Training (Licentiate in TCM) – undergraduate level
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Qigong
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine



is available once more.

If you would like a prospectus to be posted to you please contact us and send us your postal address, and tell us which course you are interested in.
Those who have already requested a Prospectus should be receiving it soon.

We are currently accepting applications for the above courses.
For information on each of these programmes please look at our website.

(Applications for the Master and Doctoral degrees for 2017 have now closed.)

Qigong for Health and Wellbeing and Medical Qigong

We have been running Health-promoting and Medical Qigong Workshops at our college in Dublin 3 since 2002.

Our first Introductory Qigong Weekend this year, takes place on:

Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 April 2017.

Please go to our website to obtain a course leaflet, Booking Form and Fee information for the Spring Qigong Workshop.
The whole weekend costs €170 if you book before 7 April 2017.

  • Open to all adults, no interview needed.
  • Places must be booked and paid for in advance.
  • No prior experience required.

Anyone interested in attending our Certificate programmes in Qigong or Medical Qigong must first attend this introductory weekend.

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.

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.

Chinese Medicine, What is it.

Some types of needlesChinese Medicine – What is it?
If you are thinking of Chinese Medicine as a career, why not go to a free talk, to be given by Professor Tom Shanahan, at the RDS as part of Which Course Expo.

Tom’s talk will introduce all the various components of Chinese Medicine Treatment with an explanation of what each entails and he will show examples of what is in a typical Acupuncture and TCM practitioner’s Clinical Treatment Case.

The talk will take place at 12.00 noon on Sunday 6th September.

You can pick up a Prospectus from the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine stand, which is STAND 6, at any time during the Which Course Expo, for the following courses:

Acupuncture TCM – Professional Training Programme
Chinese Herbal Medicine Diploma Course
Qigong and Medical Qigong programmes
Post-graduate Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine
Post-graduate Doctoral Degree in Chinese Medicine

The Which Course Expo is taking place at the RDS on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2015.
Location: Serpentine Hall, RDS, Dublin 4

Opening Times: Saturday and Sunday: 11am until 4pm

Entrance Fee: FREE

Qigong and Medical Qigong Weekend 25 and 26 July

qigong practice
There are only a few places left on the Qigong and Medical Qigong (MQG) Introductory weekend running at our college in Dublin on 25 and 26 July.

This weekend offers an introduction to the system of Qigong that we were taught by our Qigong Masters in China and is open to any adults whether they have previous experience of Qigong practice or not.

For those with no previous experience of Qigong the weekend introduces you to a set of simple but effective Qigong exercises that you can practice on your own on a daily basis to enhance your own health.

The Certificate courses in Qigong and Medical Qigong provide a rare opportunity to learn not only Qigong exercises for your own health and well-being but also provide a detailed theoretical understanding of Qigong as set out and presented by the late Professor Xia Shuangquan of Guangzhou University of TCM.
Acupuncture TCM or Chinese Herbal Medicine specialists can train to become Medical Qigong Practitioners – i.e. use Medical Qigong as a treatment modality.

Attendance on this weekend is necessary for anyone wishing to take part in the next Certificate course – either the Cert.Qigong or Cert.MQG.
Visit our website to obtain more information and a booking form.