Thinking of studying acupuncture ?
Maria Mercati's professional acupuncture training course consists of Modules 1,2 & 3 with 46 contact days which does not include Anatomy & Physiology. Module 1 & 3 are compulsory and Module 2 is optional.
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 Modules 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.
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.
The combined cost of all three modules is £4,390 (A&P and all exam
This is less than the average cost of one year of a three year degree course, yet you will cover everything that is relevant to becoming a confident and competent acupuncturist that is included in a degree course. In addition you will also be a Tui Na therapist which will give you a huge professional advantage.
Module 1 - Acupuncture Diploma
12 days - Begin to study acupuncture through the medium of Tui Na. TCM theory relevant to both Tui Na and acupuncture is taught throughout. This module is compulsory for beginners who do not have TCM or medical qualification.
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 and you will want to be able to accurately locate 100 acupuncture points and know how to use them. 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
12 days. This is the second 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.
You will be introduced to tongue & pulse diagnosis, the syndromes, and over 100 new techniques for more complex musculo-skeletal conditions. Modules 1 & 2 provide the strong foundation of TCM needed before you start the intensively practical acupuncture training module 3.
If you are prepared to study more intensively you can do Modules 2 & 3 simultaneously.
Module 3 - Acupuncture Diploma
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. Case studies that are carried out with Maria's unique protocols give students 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.
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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
Qualified Sports Therapists with over 23 days training can go straight to Module 3 – Acupuncture diploma
The Acupuncture Diploma enables you to practice professionally in the UK and gain insurance. The BODYHARMONICS Acupuncture courses are accredited by Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council.
Acupuncture is a practical skill which needs lots of practical experience
"Our acupuncture course gives each student the opportunity to practice needling each acu-point, accurately, deeply and experience first hand the uniquely different effects and sensations."
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.
Students who possess Tui Na qualifications will have:
- a working understanding of TCM
- an ability to diagnose the body in health and disease
- an ability to use meridians and acupoints in a clinical context.
The combination of Acupuncture with Tui Na creates some of the most powerful medicine available in the world today.
"Our carefully controlled acupuncture point combinations are practised both in class and used for your out-of-class case studies. They help you build up mega confidence in treating all kinds of musculo-skeletal conditions as well as internal problems on a wide variety of people.
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By the time you take your exams, you are experienced enough to work as an acupuncturist. Most of the other schools 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."
If I do this acupuncture course, will it be recognised when regulation
Students who have gained a Bodyharmonics acupuncture diploma can have membership & insurance from Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (formerly UK Oriental Medicine) which is a voluntary regulatory body with a rigid code of safe and effective practice.
Maria Mercati is currently representing Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (formerly UK Oriental Medicine)at the Acupuncture Stake Holders Group meetings and at the Microsystems Acupuncture Regulatory Group. They are both planning and co-ordinating the future regulation of acupuncture in the UK.
At present there is no government legislation in the UK covering Acupuncture. It is unlikely to come into effect for some time. When it does, those who are qualified acupuncturists on Acupuncture-Acutherapy will almost certainly be accepted.
“The Acupuncture Stakeholders Working Group for the statutory regulation of acupuncture, are recommending that members of Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council of a voluntary regulatory body be automatically transferred to the statutory acupuncture register if and when it is established.”
What is the difference between Maria's acupuncture course and a 3 year BAac accredited course?
- BAcC accredited courses are not accredited by government legislation but privately by BAcC itself. They are three year courses, based on university term time tables and are highly academic and theoretical. Invariably a very small proportion of the total time allotted to these courses involves actual clinical practice treating patients and this usually takes place in the third year.
- The cost for these three year courses is about £18,000 - £24,000
Acupuncture Styles - Chinese, Western or Five Elements?
Before taking an acupuncture course it is important to be aware of the differences existing between these distinct acupuncture styles, philosophies and depth of needling at present used in this country (UK). Without such knowledge, you will be unable to make an enlightened choice when choosing training courses.
A very small proportion of the British population know that there are different styles of acupuncture. The assumption is that acupuncture is "acupuncture" from who ever you receive it or wherever you train.
This is misleading and unfortunately the terms 'acupuncture', 'traditional acupuncture', 'Five Element acupuncture' and 'Medical Acupuncture' are all used.
Cupping can be used on its own or after acupuncture to effectively treat several conditions.
Traditional Acupuncture based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) could mean:
- the much more gentle and very shallow acupuncture commonly used by those trained in most of Britain's schools, or
- the type of more powerful acupuncture using deeper needling performed in present day China.
Five Element Acupuncture as well as 'Stems & Branches' acupuncture has been developed mainly in the West. It focuses on acupoints mainly located on the extremities of the arms & legs. Needle insertion is often very shallow & brief.
Integrated Acupuncture combines 'Five Element' with 'British style Traditional acupucture'
British Medical Acupuncture. The public should be made aware that doctors,
physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, etc do a very short acupuncture
training, mostly just 2- 5 days. They mainly perform acupuncture for pain
relief relating to musculo-skeletal problems. They do not recognise Qi Energy
or meridians and do not use Chinese diagnosis.
Microsystems Acupuncture is alternative to & complementary to traditional acupuncture. It comprises the following :
- Auricular acupuncture uses either needles, studs, seeds or metal balls on specific points which functionally and topographically represent the whole body.
- Korean Hand acupuncture “Sujok “ treats in the same way.
Wrist and Ankle acupuncture based on 12 points which energetically links into all the body’s physiological systems
- Scalp acupuncture affects the motor, sensory and associative areas of the cerebral cortex.
- Master Tung’s acupuncture system where needles are inserted into
specific areas which correspond to specific and quite different parts
of the body
The word acupuncture gives no clear description of the exact type of acupuncture being offered and is confusing for the public.
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 enables you to treat conditions that Tui Na alone would treat 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
- 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
" 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."
"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!"
"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."
"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 "
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.