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…

Why not just advertise “Acupuncture change lives”?

By Paul Johnson. One of my clients said this to me a few weeks ago. Honestly. He had come to see me for a skin condition, but had undergone an enormous awakening with the first treatment. He felt like a new person, like the blinkers had been lifted form his eyes. He felt alive, energised,…

Embrace the Winter! Learn to rest and listen…

By Anne-Sophie Morel. Living amongst the hustle and bustle of big cities, we often forget that we are part of nature, and are therefore influenced by its cycles. Winter and night-time are periods of rest and repair. Animals and plants alike retreat inwards. Humans are the only beings to fight against this natural time of rest….