One of the most unique aspects of the Diploma course offered at the XCCM is the mixed approach taken to the study of Chinese medicine. Students on the course will study the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) style as well as more energy-based methods, which we gather under the heading of ACM (Ancient Chinese Medicine). Both methods have their individual strengths and, by learning both methods, students can pick and choose from each system in order to improve the effectiveness of their practice.
Students will also study a combination of acupuncture and Tui Na massage with an equal emphasis on both treatment modalities. The combination of the ‘hands-on’ power of Chinese medical massage alongside the direct intervention of needle insertion makes for a powerful treatment. The added bonus of studying massage in detail is that students can begin to develop a tactile sensitivity to the location and nature of meridian points early on in their study.
Students will begin the Diploma course by developing a working understanding of the TCM system of Chinese medicine. These lessons will look at the theory of Chinese medicine as well as the practical application of these theories into the modality of Tui Na. The energetics of the body are studied alongside diagnosis, using primarily palpation methods. The pulse diagnostic method is given a great deal of emphasis on the course, particularly in the first year, as developing skill in this aspect of the training will enable a practitioner to diagnose more accurately and deal with illnesses on an energetic basis. This is the foundation upon which the further study of ACM is based.
Tui Na Practice
We have decided to lay out the course in this way so that students can see how the two styles of working can be integrated into a whole and also to enable students to start developing practical skills from the outset of the course. Thus, students will be well versed in Chinese medical massage (Tui Na) after the first year of the training, which means that they will be able to give massage-based treatments very early on to their friends and families. By doing this, students are able to start applying diagnostic teachings as well as gaining tactile experience of the location of meridian points long before they get to the stage of inserting a needle. This practical experience enables students to start applying the Tui Na skills and theories they have been studying. Thus, students will already have two years of practical experience by the time they complete the Diploma programme.