Chinese medicine training – naturally outstanding

Follow the experiences of acupuncture students and graduates at LCTA and find out what it's really like to study Traditional Chinese Medicine

WHY TRAIN IN ORIENTAL MEDICINE?

Looking after our body, mind and spirit is becoming an accepted way of making crucial changes to the way we live our lives.


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The growing acceptance of Chinese medicine means that many people are turning to it as an effective, natural alternative to orthodox medicine.  Therapies like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been around for more than two thousand years – indeed in China, conventional medicine practice is a combination of Chinese and Western medicine techniques – and are proven to be effective in treating an extensive range of conditions from gynaecological problems and infertility to skin conditions and back pain.


The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy is to treat a person rather than a symptom.  Thus practitioners work on the body, mind and spirit as a whole through the body’s energy paths, or meridians, to enhance wellbeing.  This concept of treating the whole person is without doubt, one of the major attractions of TCM – both for the practitioner and for the patient.

If you are considering a career in complementary medicine, there’s no better time to start training.  There is a variety of courses available and a fantastic selection of therapies to choose from.  Many students opt to study acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine together and practitioners will often complement acupuncture treatment in a clinic with Chinese herbs for the patient to take home.  If you enjoy working with your hands, Tui Na – an ancient form of Chinese massage that is a cross between physiotherapy, shiatsu and acupressure – may be the course for you.

Whatever course you choose, training in TCM is a life-changing process.  Taking a holistic approach to your life and to the health of your patients will reap rewards.  The ability to help patients who otherwise might never have been treated successfully is a deeply humbling and gratifying experience.

If you want to find out more about training in Oriental medicine, visit www.lcta.com or contact LCTA on 020 8446 3332.

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