Acupuncture Course for Beginners

Entry requirements: Anatomy & Physiology Level 3.
If you do not have this A&P qualification, we offer a separate Anatomy & Physiology  course 5 days plus exam day.

Thinking of studying acupuncture?

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

Module 1 & 3
are compulsory for beginners
(11 + 23 contact days).


Module 2
is optional
(12 contact days)

Module 3
open to registered health professionals, shiatsu and massage and sports therapists
(23 contact days)

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.

Module 1 – Acupuncture Course

This 11 day module is compulsory for beginners who do not have TCM or medical qualifications.
Begin to study acupuncture through the medium of Tui Na which is used in the practical context from the start. Tui Na & Acupuncture share the same traditional Chinese medical (TCM) theory. This is taught progressively throughout the modules.

Module 1 – Acupuncture course – TCM theory content

This module provides a thorough and comprehensive coverage of the basic principles of TCM.  It gives a sound basis for the practice of Tui Na as well as an introduction to theory of Module 3 – Acupuncture.

Module 1   Acupuncture course – practical content

All the practical content of this module is Tui Na Chinese Medical Massage.  It is the essential hands on therapy to accompany acupuncture.  It is the most effective way of developing the palpation skills to determine the sites of malfunction. Every acupuncturist needs these palpation skills but frequently lacks them.

What are the outcomes on completion of Module 1 – Acupuncture ?

  • a working understanding of TCM
  • knowledge of 14 meridians
  • the ability to locate 100 acupoints
  • knowledge of the TCM therapeutic functions of 100 acupoints
  • the ability to knead appropriate acupressure/acupuncture points for an effective Tui Na treatment
  • the ability to use meridians and acupoints in a clinical context
  • the basic skills for diagnosing the body in health & disease.  Find out more about Module 1 – Tui Na 
Tui Na Foundation Course

No student should ever insert a needle into a patient without this theoretical and clinical experience.

After passing  Module 1 – Acupuncture course, you are in a position to start your new career and earn some money. This experience will set you up for Modules 2  and Module 3 of the  Acupuncture course.

Successful completion of Module 1 – Acupuncture course qualifies you for a Tui Na Foundation Diploma.   Acupuncturists who can practise Tui Na will have a distinct professional advantage
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The combination of Acupuncture with Tui Na creates some of the most powerful medicine for treating chronic disease, available in the world today.

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.

Cupping can be used on its own, together with acupuncture, or after acupuncture to effectively treat many conditions.

Student using acupuncture, cupping and Tui Na
Student - Steve Mason using acupuncture, cupping and Tui Na to treat neck and back pain

“You will have immeasurable self confidence after completing the course, which all my degree friends have since commented on, and found surprising. ”   Read more…     Carol Aspinall


Module 2 – Acupuncture Course

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, 90% of our beginner 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 and the functions of the Organs. You will learn over 100 new techniques including manipulations for more complex musculo-skeletal conditions.
Modules 1 & 2 provide the strong foundation of TCM.  This prepares  you for the intensively practical module 3 – acupuncture clinical training. If you want to study more intensively you can do Modules 2 & 3 simultaneously.    Book here

Maria Mercati doing Tui Na spinal manipulation
Maria Mercati doing Tui Na spinal manipulation

The Tui Na Master Practitioner course teaches:

  • new advanced manipulative techniques and their variations safely under supervision.  These include spinal manipulations, shoulder and hip manipulations and massaging using feet and bodyweight.
  • teaches a very wide range of sophisticated manipulation techniques. These allow for an even wider spectrum of conditions to be treated than those taught in Tui Na Foundation.
  • how to use them in conjunction with those learned at foundation Tui Na in treating musculo-skeletal problems & sports injuries
  • use of body weight and correct positioning of the practitioner’s body. This prevents injury to either the giver or receiver.
  •  raises the practitioner to an altogether higher professional level in Tui Na Chinese massage than the Foundation course.

Read more about Module 2 

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Graham Mercati doing Tui Na upper back manipulation

” 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.”  Read more…..

Stephen Johnston

Module 3 – Acupuncture Course

This module is 23 days.  Our Acupuncture training covers all relevant TCM theory in the mornings and extensive supervised clinical practice every afternoon.

Our Acupuncture students have to do lots of private study and case studies.  Maria considers this essential to achieve the standards required for safe and effective practice. Case studies that are carried out with Maria’s unique protocols give students confidence. These protocols give 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. These student case studies provide students with a potential clientele even before they are qualified.
Maria has arranged special student acupuncture insurance with AcuC membership for students to do these case studies. Popular Course. Book now


  • 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 Massage and Sports Therapists with over 20 days training and Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology, can go straight to Module 3 – Acupuncture course.
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Acupuncture is a practical skill that needs lots of practical experience

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Student needling GB 20 on the acupuncture course 2017

Our acupuncture course gives you the opportunity to practice needling each major acu-point, accurately and deeply. Students 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.
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. They tend to teach basic TCM theory as an academic exercise. 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.” Read Grace Li’s testimonial

“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 “

Dr Nudrat Jabeen

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  AcuC 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 Chiropractors when statutory regulation was introduced for their professions.

Why learn with us?

BODYHARMONICS acupuncture courses have been established since 1995 and accredited by the Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council – AcuC to guarantee excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct.

The Acupuncture Diploma gives you a licence to practice professionally in the UK and eligibility for full professional liability insurance.  The qualifications are recognised and trusted by Holistic Insurance in order that you can practice and be insured.

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“You not only acquire the skill to use acupuncture needling effectively to help others but master the ability to diagnose the appropriate treatment within the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) framework through case work ups on real people.”  Read more ...

John Pfaff