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 www.ictcm.ie.

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.

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

Changing Career? We offer Professional Training in Acupuncture TCM

The Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) course run by the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, provides full professional training in Acupuncture TCM, including Clinical training, in Dublin, Ireland. It is designed for adults wishing to gain a qualification and take up a career in an interesting, worth-while profession in which you can be self-employed.
No prior knowledge of either Western Medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is required.

To apply please download the application form, fees and course information from www.ictcm.ie

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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    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.

    Chinese Ambassador visits the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

    His Excellency Xu Jianguo and Prof Tom Shanahan

    His Excellency Xu Jianguo and Prof Tom Shanahan

    The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine was delighted to welcome the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland His Excellency Xu Jianguo to the College for the recent Graduation Ceremony for the Licentiate in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

    Ambassador Xu kindly took time out of his busy schedule to present the Graduation Certificates to our newly qualified colleagues. He was accompanied by First Secretary Yang Zhijun who is an old friend of the college.

    Further news of the graduation will follow.

    See also this post by the Chinese Embassy in Ireland.

    First Secretary Yang with one of the graduates.

    First Secretary Yang with one of the graduates.

    Becoming an Acupuncturist

    Our next professional training course in Acupuncture TCM – the Licentiate in TCM – begins again in October 2015.

    This is a part-time, weekends only course designed for adults with busy lives.
    Students attend our college in Dublin for the 12 main teaching weekends during the first year of this 3 year course.
    The rest of the first year coursework is done from your own home.
    No prior knowledge of either Western or Chinese Medicine is required.

    During the course students receive professional training in the Clinical application of Acupuncture TCM as part of the full medical system of Chinese Medicine.
    Acupuncture TCM is taught and applied as part of this medical system so the under-pinning theory of Chinese Medicine is extensively covered enabling those who wish to, to progress to a Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine or to Post-graduate Diploma training in Chinese Herbal Medicine or Medical Qigong.

    To apply please download the application form, fees and course information from our website