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Acupuncture Course

Thinking of studying acupuncture ?

Maria Mercati's professional acupuncture training course consists of three Modules, which does not include Anatomy & Physiology.

The quickest these modules can be completed is 15 months, however, the modules can be spread out over a longer period to suit your needs.
The practical content of Module 1 is Tui Na Chinese Massage which is the essential hands on therapy to accompany acupuncture. It is the most effective way of developing the palpation skills that every acupuncturist needs but frequently does not have. Tui Na & Acupuncture share the same traditional Chinese medical (TCM) theory which is taught progressively throughout the modules. In addition you will also be a qualified Tui Na therapist which will give you a huge professional advantage.
Entry requirements: Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) Level 3. If you do not have this A&P qualification, we offer a separate A & P course - 5 days plus exam day.

Why book with us ?
Bodyharmonics acupuncture courses have been estabished since 1995, accredited by Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council to guarantee excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct. The qualifications are recognised and trusted by Holistic Insurance in order that you can practice and be insured.

Module 1 - Acupuncture Diploma

This 11 day module is compulsory for beginners who do not have TCM or medical qualifications. This is the first module of the acupuncture course and on completion qualifies you for a Tui Na Foundation Diploma.
Begin to study acupuncture through the medium of Tui Na which is used in the practical context from the start. TCM theory relevant to both Tui Na and acupuncture is taught throughout.

Tuina exam at Bodyharmonics

Module 1 is a great start to the acupuncture course because as a potential acupuncturist you will want to be able to palpate the body to determine the sites of malfunction. Our module 1 is very thorough and comprehensive giving you enough TCM knowledge to use acupressure in an effective Tui Na treatment.
Students who possess Tui Na Foundation qualifications will have:

picture of tui na massage course DVD which teaches drug free pain control

Module 1 of our acupuncture training course will ensure that you can do this.
No student should ever insert a needle into a patient without this theoretical and clinical experience. After passing Acupuncture course Module 1, you are in a position to start your new career and earn some money. This experience will set you up for Acupuncture course Module 2 and Module 3. Students who do not have any acceptable Level 3 qualification in Anatomy & Physiology (ITEC) must do the Anatomy & Physiology course.
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Module 2 - Acupuncture Diploma

This is the second 12 day module of the acupuncture course and is optional and on completion qualifies you for a Tui Na Master Practitioner Diploma. If you only wish to concentrate on acupuncture and are not interested in combining Tui Na with acupuncture treatments you can skip this module. To date most students have done this module and all see the enormous benefits it brings to them. Our qualified acupuncturists who have done this module are expert in the treatment of all musculo-skeletal problems and sports injuries.
You will be introduced to tongue & pulse diagnosis, the syndromes, and over 100 new techniques including manipulations for more complex musculo-skeletal conditions. Modules 1 & 2 provide the strong foundation of TCM needed before you start the intensively practical module 3 - acupuncture training.
If you are prepared to study more intensively you can do Modules 2 & 3 simultaneously.

Module 3 - Acupuncture Diploma

Maria Mercati's acupuncture course

22 days. If you are prepared to study acupuncture more intensively you can do Modules 2 & 3 simultaneously.

All aspects of TCM theory are taught during Modules 1,2,3. It is progressive.
Module 3 - Acupuncture training also involves extensive supervised clinical practice which takes place every afternoon. Acupuncture students have to do lots of private study and case studies which are necessary to achieve the standards required for safe and effective practice. Special student acupuncture insurance with AcuC membership is available. Case studies that are carried out with Maria's unique protocols give students confidence and an unparalleled ability to diagnose and treat a huge variety of conditions with stunning success. Maria personally checks all case studies and provides detailed feedback to students. Case studies provide students with a potential clientele even before they are qualified.

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EXEMPTIONS: Medically qualified persons (doctors, physiotherapists, registered osteopaths, chiropractors, homeopaths, nurses, Western-Chinese herbalists – members of NIMH ) can go straight to Module 3 - Acupuncture course. Instead of doing a 2 day medical acupuncture course, choose Bodyharmonics Module 3 to learn acupuncture and its relevant TCM theory. Learn to use TCM diagnosis in planning your needling prescriptions.

Qualified Shiatsu practitioners can go straight to Module 3 - Acupuncture course.

Qualified Sports Therapists with over 20 days training and Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology, can go straight to Module 3 - Acupuncture course.

The Acupuncture Diploma gives you a licence to practice professionally in the UK with full professional liability insurance. The BODYHARMONICS Acupuncture courses are accredited by Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council.

Acupuncture is a practical skill that needs lots of practical experience

Student learning acupuncture points Our acupuncture course gives you the opportunity to practice needling each major acu-point, accurately and deeply to experience first hand the uniquely different effects and sensations that needling produces.
After diagnosis, you will practice the most effective acupuncture point combinations both in class under strict supervision and in your out-of-class case studies. They help you build up mega confidence in treating all kinds of conditions both musculo-skeletal and internal.

Acupuncture, cupping and tuina combined treatmentPicture: Cupping can be used on its own, together with acupuncture, or after acupuncture to effectively treat many conditions.

The combination of Acupuncture with Tui Na creates some of the most powerful medicine available in the world today.
"My training has given me the tools I need to be able to treat a diverse range of conditions and individuals" - Chris Handbury.

Ultimately, the ability to use Tui Na with acupuncture greatly enhances the effectiveness of treatment for all conditions. Tui Na provides the ideal practical base from which to study Acupuncture.

By the time you take your exams, you are experienced enough to work as an acupuncturist. Most of degree courses do not give you this hands-on training and tend to teach basic TCM theory as an academic exercise since practical clinical experience only comes in much later in the acupuncture course. However long the course, understanding the complexities of TCM takes a lifetime of study."

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If I do this acupuncture course, will it be recognised if and when regulation takes place?
Students who have gained a Bodyharmonics acupuncture diploma can have membership & insurance from Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council which is a voluntary regulatory body with a rigid code of safe and effective practice.

At present there is no government legislation in the UK covering Acupuncture. Qualified members of Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council - a voluntary regulatory body will be automatically transferred to the statutory acupuncture register if and when it is established through "Grandparenting" which means that existing qualified acupuncturists would not be affected.
"Grandparenting" was used for both Osteopaths and Chiropracters when stautory regulation was introduced for their professions.

For what conditions is Acupuncture effective?

At the BODYHARMONICS centre, we teach practical Acupuncture exactly as practised in China today. Many patients are paranoid about acupuncture needles however, and being able to offer Tui Na in addition to acupuncture gives you another set of options.

Acupuncture is used for conditions that Tui Na alone would improve more slowly:

  • all musculo-skeletal conditions & sports injuries
    • Repetitive strain injuries to muscles, tendons and joints
    • Osteo and rheumatoid arthritis
    • Spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis
    • Knee conditions
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Epicondylitis
    • Back pain, sciatica
  • acute and chronic internal conditions
    • Insomnia, headaches, migraines
    • Allergic rhinitus, hayfever
    • Earache, tinnitus
    • Asthma, coughs, eczema
    • Diarrhoea, constipation, IBS, hypertension
    • Gynaecological disorders, PMT, menopause
    • Depression, anxiety, broken heart
    • ME, MS,
  • to powerfully boost the body's immune response

What people say about the acupuncture course

Stephen Johnston
" When it came to learning acupuncture I could have opted to study to degree level. However I was clear that what I wanted was to learn to do acupuncture, and do it effectively, not to talk, write or theorise about it as an academic subject. So I studied here. Maria's course surpassed my expectations."

Alan Orr
"I have been teaching martial arts for many years & have travelled the world to find the right teachers in the time. You really cannot miss the opportunity to study with the right teachers when you find them.
Having access to the years of knowledge that Maria holds and shares is a true gift!"

John Pfaff
"Maria’s personal commitment to TCM and acupuncture, her willingness to share her personal successful techniques with her students, and the needling homework assignments that you work on under individual supervision in class before doing on your own ensure that that you can begin to build a successful practice while studying. I know of no other program that permits you to develop your practice while studying.

Having been a professor and dean for over 30 years, I wish every teacher and program could be as effective, supportive and successful in preparing students to function in the work environment."

Elizabeth Cave
"TCM and traditional needling techniques are paramount in Maria’s teaching. The course is structured in such a way that the learning from both an academic & a practical perspective consistently builds upon strong, repeatedly reinforced foundations. With each weekend the students’ knowledge & needling skills are gradually expanded.

Having progressed through the usual academic route of school examinations & degrees, I can confirm that the teaching is to a very high standard. This is one of the best courses I have ever attended in terms of sheer fun!

Dr Nudrat Jabeen
"Being a medical doctor, I had my reservations about how I would cope with this new system of treatment.But hats off to Maria she made it so simple & easy to learn. You can blend acupuncture with western medicine because we do not have treatment option for everything in Western medicine plus there are horrifying side effects in medicine "

Joe Cockburn
Registered with Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists ( AACP ) "The acupuncture course has exceeded all my expectations and I really appreciate the one to one practical aspects of the course.