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What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is one of the principal components of a medical system commonly referred to as TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncturists insert incredibly fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance.

By harnessing the body’s own ability to cure itself, acupuncture can rebalance the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Unlike Western drug therapy it is incredibly safe and has no unwanted side effects. People receiving acupuncture typically feel both relaxed and energised after treatment.

Now is an exciting time to be studying acupuncture as modern science is confirming what acupuncture practitioners have known for centuries. NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) now recommends the use of acupuncture in chronic pain cases.

If you like the idea of studying a modern subject with roots in ancient wisdom, call us now on 020 7253 1133 or email

Acupuncture - Is it for me?

How will you know if studying acupuncture is for you?

It can be a bit daunting before starting a course. How will you know if you will like the subject? You may need to ask yourself some serious questions first, such as:

  • Do I want to study something that I can immerse myself in and become passionate about?

  • Do I want to help people?

  • Do I want to learn clinically relevant skills?

  • Am I prepared to look at the world in a way that is quite different to the average Westerner?

  • Am I interested in the concept of holism – the idea that body, mind and spirit are one and cannot be separated?

  • Do I want to develop an ability to look at research and be able to analyse it in a sophisticated and critical manner?

The City College Acupuncture course has been designed to create fantastic practitioners. Don’t be put off by thinking that you require any previous specialist training – we will teach you everything you need to know to become a professional therapist.

Many people choose to study acupuncture after having treatment, or by knowing someone who has benefited from treatment. Some of you may be adding to existing skills such as reflexology or massage, or you may be contemplating a complete move away from your current job in IT, banking or the construction business.

At interview we will be looking for your commitment to the subject, your ability to study in Higher Education (which may or may not include previous professional qualifications), your life experiences and how you have built upon them, and your ability with people.

Our teaching team have helped hundreds of people start out on a new path in their life. They could do the same for you!

To start your career in Acupuncture, call us now on 020 7253 1133 or email

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