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Acupuncture Diploma Course

Acupuncture is an important branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Like all other partners in this astonishingly effective medical system, it has its roots in Taoism, which was the predominant belief system in China at the time acupuncture began - many thousands of years ago.

Acupuncture works on a deep level to help patients recover their physical and mental harmony. Not only can it restore the health of mind and body, as increasingly recognised by the Western world, but it is also a powerful form of preventive medical therapy. Whether acupuncture treatment is used for restoring health or preventing the development or recurrence of a condition, it helps patients to balance their mental and physical harmony.

Traditional Chinese acupuncturists spend years respectfully training with revered Masters, learning to diagnose and treat patients appropriately according to ancient principles. Treatments and special acupuncture and acupressure points are passed down from one generation of TCM acupuncturists to another in a medical family, to form a vast body of knowledge. Throughout this powerful and comprehensive course you will learn the skills, techniques and the background to know and understand more about this formerly-mysterious healing art.

Acupuncture has an extraordinary ability to change people’s lives. In particular, it will change yours.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Acupuncture Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1

  • What Is Acupuncture?
  • History of Acupuncture
  • Taoist Theory Behind Yin and Yang
  • Yin and Yang

Module 2

  • The 3 Harmonies
  • The 5 Elements
  • Vital or Fundamental Substances

Module 3

  • The 5 Solid Zang Organs
  • The 5 Hollow Fu Organs
  • The 7 Emotions

Module 4

  • The Meridians/Channels Charts
  • The 12 Major Meridians/Channels and Extraordinary Channels
  • More on the Extraordinary Channels
  • The 6 Extra Channels

Module 5

  • The Dominant Meridians and the Time of Day
  • Daily and Annual Qi flow

Module 6

  • External Causes of Disease
  • Internal Causes of Disease
  • Chinese Pathology

Module 7

  • Chinese Diagnostics
  • General Inspection
  • Tongue Inspection
  • Nose Inspection
  • Auscultation and Olfaction
  • Interrogation
  • Palpation and Pulses

Module 8

  • Treating Exterior Syndrome
  • Treating Interior Syndromes
  • Examples of Disharmony – TCM vs. the West
  • Common Findings of Ill Health re Yin/Yang

Module 9

  • Warnings
  • Ailments That Can Be Treated With Acupuncture
  • Measurements – Introduction of Cun
  • Acupuncture – A Trained Skill
  • The Origins of Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture Today

Module 10

  • Local and Distal Points
  • Inserting Needles

Module 11

  • Acupressure – An Overview
  • Ear Acupuncture/Auriculotherapy
  • Moxibustion
  • Other TCM Therapies

Module 12

  • Principal Acupoints – Acupuncture
  • Acupressure Charts
  • Acupressure Points for Symptom Relief

Module 13

  • Tui Na – Bodywork – Chinese Massage
  • Chinese Dietetics
  • Qigong
  • T’ai Chi

Module 14

  • Practice Set-Up and Notes
  • 5 Levels of Physician in TCM
  • Abdominal Breathing/Balancing

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


All of the online course materials are emailed over to you as e-documents, if you would prefer a hard copy of the course materials to be posted out to you please select this when checking out.