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Foundation Acupuncture Course


The foundation training course is available to all regulated healthcare practitioners, and is delivered over 6 contact days by Dr. Carl Clarkson. All Acuphys courses are subjected to rigorous quality assurance measures to ensure that teaching, teaching materials and the assessment process is fair, equitable and fit for purpose. Delegates can be confident that not only is this course appropriate for their practice, but it is delivered in a fun, interactive manner which has the student learning experience at the heart of all activities.

Acuphys foundation training courses are evidence based and clinically relevant, meaning all who successfully pass this course will be able to apply their learning immediately, whilst being able to clinically reason the use of acupuncture to patients and peers alike.

Course Aims and Objectives

On Successful completion of an Acuphys foundation acupuncture course, the student is expected to demonstrate:

  • Safe application of acupuncture at all times, on various parts of the body
  • An understanding of contra indications, precautions and potential side effects of acupuncture
  • Effective management of acupuncture side effects
  • A clinical reasoning basis to the treatment of patients with acupuncture
  • Knowledge of prominent, pertinent and up to date evidence supporting the use of acupuncture
  • Integration of acupuncture into their usual practice
  • Theoretical knowledge, from a Western and TCM perspective, on how acupuncture works
  • Suitable identification of prominent and commonly used acupoints
  • Effective needling techniques from a western and TCM perspective

Course Content

  • Acupuncture Safety
  • Acupuncture Research and critique of evidence base
  • Segmental, Trigger Point and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) styles of acupuncture
  • Electro Acupuncture
  • Neurophysiology of Acupuncture
  • Pain mechanisms associated with acupuncture
  • Effective acupoint location within Western and TCM paradigms
  • Needling of: All limbs, trunk, face, ears
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Organiser name: 
Dr. Carl Clarkson
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Where & When

9 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018
Flex Health
4B Newland Science Park,
Hull HU6 7TQ
18 Jan 2019 - 20 Jan 2019
North East Clinic
Heaton Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 1SE
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