A Trip to China

By Kate Henley I am honoured to be chosen to amongst the 10 participants to be travelling to Harbin in the Heilongjiang province in January. This exchange programme is sponsored by the BAcC and is a partnership between the London Confucius Institute for TCM at the South Bank University and the Heilongjiang University of Chinese…

All the questions you should have asked…

It isn’t until you get to the end of studying Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that you really understand the questions you should have asked before you started training. Hindsight is a marvelous thing! I thought it might be useful to help you clarify the questions that you should be asking of any Acupuncture…

One Year as a Qualified Acupuncturist

By James Woodward. I first discovered acupuncture through my interest in Japanese reiki. A few books I had read gave me hints that some of the more traditional techniques were based on Chinese medicine. That was ten years ago and I was volunteering at the support therapies centre in Canterbury hospital, a centre for patients…

“Is The City College of Acupuncture course the right course for me..?”

By Mark Whitham, Lecturer, City College of Acupuncture That’s a question everyone considering a career in Acupuncture is probably asking themselves. So here are a few things to consider when choosing a course… Firstly, you don’t need a degree to practice Acupuncture in the UK. In fact, as Acupuncture is not even regulated, you don’t need…

Top Ten Tips to Get Healthy in 2018

Top Ten Tips to Get Healthy in 2018 1. Eat Real Food 2. Get Enough Sleep 3. Go Outside 4. Be Mindful 5. Drink Lots of Water 6. Avoid Chemicals 7. Move Your Body 8. Breathe Deeply 9. Express Your Emotions 10. Be Thankful Let’s look at 10 simple steps to improve your wellbeing this…

A year after graduating from CCA – a life in practice

By Anne Fallan, CCA graduate summer 2016 It has been quite a year since I graduated from the City College of Acupuncture! I took 3 weeks off before taking the plunge and worked for a local practitioner who was taking that August off to go travelling. I had observed them during my 3 years training…

Tui Na – doesn’t that normally come with sweetcorn and mayonnaise?

By Paul Johnson, Joint Acupuncture Course Leader, The City College of Acupuncture Twenty years ago, whenever you saw the word ‘acupuncture’ written down it would invariably be followed by ‘the ancient Chinese art of inserting incredibly fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate a healing response’, usually in brackets. Nowadays everyone knows what…

Treating in our student clinic

Treating in our student clinic The final part of studying either acupuncture or Tui Na at CCA involves working in our student clinic. After focused study and plenty of practice, our students are let loose on paying patients from the general public! The students will tell you that this is both frightening and exhilarating at…

Do people have acupuncture even when they are well?

By Paul Johnson, 2017 Absolutely. The people who come to me for treatment do so for a number of different reasons. For some people, I am the last port of call, their final chance. Western medicine, physiotherapy or osteopathy have failed them and they have nowhere left to turn. “I’m only coming because my wife…

Acupuncture and gardening have a lot in common

Acupuncture and gardening have a lot in common It may sound daft, but they actually do. When I was studying acupuncture, purely by chance I had to start looking after a big garden. It wasn’t something I had done before and it was a bit of a shock for me. It took a lot of…

A Graduate’s Experience at CCA

By Rosy Hawkins, 2016 Graduate Studying acupuncture at CCA was probably the most rewarding experience of my life to date. I count myself lucky in having experienced a many wonderful and varied chapters in life, but this opportunity really tops most. Class numbers at CCA are kept small which means your student-teacher ratio is kept…