What is Acupuncture?


The power of acupuncture to restore the health of body and mind is increasingly recognised throughout the western world. It works by releasing blockages to the body’s “qi”. Qi is energy, or the “life force”, which flows through energy pathways in the body. Modern research suggests that qi may be a form of bio-electricity.


Acupuncture works on a deep level to help patients recover their physical and mental harmony. Acupuncture is becoming ever more popular in the UK, and opportunities for both independent practice and within the NHS are growing all the time. Acupuncture is viewed very positively by the House of Lords Committee, the British Medical Association, and the World Health Organisation.


About the Course


The Syllabus


Biomedicine Study


Duration - 1 year.

  • Medical terminology, cells, tissues, embryology
  • Anatomy, physiology, pathology
  • Clinical diagnostic, differential diagnosis
  • Blood-urine analysis, examination methods
  • Infectious Diseases


Physiotherapists may not be required to take Unit 1- Biomedicine Study. Please contact dublininfo@naturopathy-ireland.com for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment.


Naturopathy Study 


Duration - 1 year.

  • Toxicity, Detoxification, Cleansing
  • Fasting, Diet, Nutrition
  • Bach Flower Therapy
  • Introduction to Homeopathy
  • Introduction to Herbal Medicine
  • Tissue Salts
  • Naturopathy


Naturopathic Practical 


Duration - 1 year.

  • Chinese diagnostic
  • Face
  • Tongue
  • Pulse
  • Nail
  • Abdominal Diagnostic
  • Ear Acupuncture
  • Introduction to Acupuncture
  • Cause of disease and pathogenic energies
  • Important Acupuncture points
  • Specific effects of needle stimulation
  • Examination methods and diagnostic rules
  • Iridology
  • History of Iridology
  • Technique of Examination
  • Topography of the Iris
  • Constitution, Disposition and Diathesis
  • Pupil Phenomena
  • Study of the signs
  • Study of pigments
  • Prescriptions





Duration: 2 years, 2 weekends per month, plus 2 sets of 10 days during the 2-year course.


TCM Theory I and II


These two Units give an understanding of the basic concepts of Chinese medicine, including yin/ yang, qi, five elements, causes of illness (including diet, emotions, stress, climate). They give a fresh and revealing insight into the forces which shape our lives.


Chinese Diagnosis


This Unit teaches the subtle Chinese methods of diagnosis, including pulse palpation, tongue observation, taking a case history, observation of body posture and colours. These unique diagnostic methods allow the formation of an accurate and precise diagnosis, which identifies the root cause of illnesses, and allows the development of a treatment plan.

Practical Techniques


As well as becoming confident in acupuncture, students learn other related techniques, such as moxibustion (burning a herb over certain points), vacuum cupping (to release toxins) and electro acupuncture.

Disease Differentiation


In Chinese medicine there is a saying “one disease, many patterns”. This means that everyone who comes in is seen as an individual, with a unique pattern of imbalance. For any one disease, there are usually a number of different causes. For example, asthma may be due to a kidney weakness, a lung weakness, or “phlegm”. This Unit allows students to differentiate the causes of a wide variety of common diseases seen in clinic, including digestive problems, gynaecology, nervous system disorders, musculo – skeletal problems, breathing problems, and mental - emotional problems.


Point Location


This Unit allows students to locate acupuncture points with ease and confidence. At CNM we encourage students to “tune in” to the points, to feel the quality of energy in them. This helps refine the diagnosis.


Clinical Practice

There is one Unit of clinical observation, and four Units of clinical practice. This provides 400 hours of clinical experience, after which students should be confident to take control of treatments of a very wide range of disorders.

Practitioner Development and Ethics

This Unit helps students focus on setting up and maintain a thriving practice. It helps CNM graduates to build the support systems they need to reach their full potential as acupuncturists, and keeps them abreast of regulatory developments in the acupuncture world.

Research and Dissertation


This Unit will teach research methods, so students can identify best practice, and most effective techniques. Students will be supported in writing a dissertation.

  • Introduction
  • Yin Yang theory
  • Causes of diseases
  • Five elements
  • Eight Principals
  • Meridians
  • Pathology Diagnostic
  • Differential Diagnostic
  • Pulse Diagnostic
  • Tongue Diagnostic
  • Case taking and follow up
  • Point location
  • Needle techniques
  • Cupping
  • Moxabustion
  • Bodywork techniques
  • Qi Kung
  • Respiratory System
  • Urogenital System
  • Digestive System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Pain, Headaches
  • Skin problems
  • Practice management



Study Programme and Locations 



  • Full time, weekends and weekdays (Dublin only)
  • Part time, weekends (all colleges - Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick)

Intake Dates


Typically, students enrol for the Autumn (Oct) and Spring (Feb) semesters. However, since our Biomedicine and Naturopathy courses are built around a modular system, new students can join a course throughout the year.


Full time study

  • Year 1: Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study and Naturopathic Practical
  • Years 2 and 3: Specialist training (Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine or Homeopathy)


Part time study

  • Year 1: Biomedicine
  • Year 2: Naturopathy Study
  • Year 3: Naturopathic Practical
  • Years 4 and 5: Specialist training (Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine or Homeopathy)




The diploma will roughly cost 9,770. However, please contact dublininfo@naturopathy-ireland.com for exact course pricing, discounts, and financing options.



CNM acupuncture programme gives the graduate eligibility for membership of the I.AC.B (Irish Acupuncture Board). This board is one of only four Irish acupuncture associations acknowledged at government level and involved in the setting of standards in acupuncture in Ireland.


The Naturopathy training is recognised by the Council of Irish Naturopathic Practitioners.

How to Apply


We advise you to first CNM to discuss your personal needs and goals. CNM can then assist you in tailoring a study schedule that suits your lifestyle and commitments. Their course advisors are knowledgable, friendly, and deal with students from all walks of life. Call  +00 353 (0)1235 3094, email dublininfo@naturopathy-ireland.com or visit their website http://www.naturopathy.ie/home/main/ for more details.

Course 1: British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS).


Source: http://www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk


Foundation course: 24 hour training over 2 weekends


Dates: 15th and 16th June, 13th and 14th of July 2013


Location: TX Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy


Cost: £580 = €676


Course requirements:

Candidates must be health professionals who are registered with their appropriate statutory regulatory body.

Must be a current Member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS).


To obtain the certification of Basic Competence:


  • Attendance on the BMAS Foundation Course, or other course(s) covering the curriculum.
  • Completed the safety quiz and points checklist during the Foundation Course
  • Must present a logbook of 30 cases that they have treated, and two cases written in detail.
  • Declaration that they have been practicing acupuncture for not less than three months.



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