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“A college with a clear focus to offer informative courses to discerning adults wishing to help people”

The College

Active Health Foundation was established to provide authentic and superior training for the inquiring student, based on Traditional and Natural Medical Principals. We are affiliated with the prestigious W.H.O. Collaborating Centre Zhe Jiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who recognize our qualifications.

Active Health Foundation is presently applying for membership of W.F.A.S. the World Federation of professional Acupuncture Societies, with members in more than fifty three countries.

Academic Principals

Active Health Foundation has developed comprehensive training programs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Complementary Therapies, with the guidance and assistance from Zhejiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and our associated colleges. We have benefited from many years experience in Holistic medicine education from experienced clinicians and tutors both in Europe and China.

The undergraduate syllabus is based on the primary TCM course as taught in the four main W.H.O. collaborating centres in China.

Active Health Foundation has a strong academic background with the majority of our lecturers, either from our associated colleges in China, graduates of the TCM degree programs in England, and all have undergone clinical training in China. All our lecturers are experienced, many of them acknowledged experts in their own subjects.

Active Health Foundation is one of the advisory colleges asked to participate in forming the forthcoming registration legislation for complementary medicine practitioners and therapists in Ireland by the Dept. of Health & Children.

Principal of Training

Our goal and mission is to produce skilled, caring and qualified practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who are not only competent in Traditional medicine, but are clinically proficient in Western medicine, ensuring their patients the best possible care and treatments.

All our programs are designed for flexibility to accommodate working individuals and our training sessions mostly take place on weekends.

James O’Sullivan demonstrating self Tuina Chinese Medicinal Acupressure

Course Facilitator

Each group has a facilitator who will help each student with any study challenges, class notes, general questions, in order to help make the best of the entire course.

Code of Ethics

Our students are expected to observe the code of ethics and code of practice of Active Health Foundation and its associated bodies, both in their relations with colleagues and the class or clinic patients.

Text Books

A list of text books, together with a detailed syllabus pack and course timetable is issued on enrollment. Details of these text books can be obtained from administration before enrollment.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Tuina Medical Acupressure is a medical tradition practiced for thousands of years in the Orient. Its success is proven by the fact that it survived over this time and today, continues to be an effective treatment for a large number of modern health problems.

The student is taught the traditional diagnostic and practical skills from both the ancient and modern texts. The theory of balancing Yin & Yang by stimulating, balancing or regulating Qi, through the physical manipulating of empirical points on the skin. This is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The qualified practitioner will look at the medical condition holistically along with all the strengths and weaknesses of each patient. Every patient is unique, with an intrinsic pattern of disharmony, which includes the Mind, Body and Spirit.

Moxibustion is an inseparable therapy from Tui Na and involves the burning of a herb “artemisia vulgaris” over the Qi point.

Cupping is the use of either bamboo or glass cups to invigorate the meridians and underlining tissues. This therapy can be used with needles or alone.

Electro stimulation has been used with much noted success in hospitals and clinics around the world on many disharmonies and is particularly noted for its analgesic effects.

All of the above therapies are an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Tuina Chinese Medical Acupressure

Tuina (pronounced “Twee Na”) is a bodywork therapy that was developed in China over 3000 years ago and is sometimes known as “acupuncture without needle”. It is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, considered to be its third arm, and practiced in hospitals throughout China today. It works on the energy system in the body known as the meridian system, along which are located over 400 Qi points. These Qi points are stimulated by the qualified practitioner to facilitate healing or a change in a bodily disharmony.

Like acupuncture, Tuina works with the Qi energy of the patient to bring about a balanced state of health. But unlike acupuncture, needles are not used. The work is done entirely with the practitioner’s hands, fingers, thumbs, and elbows to help increase, reduce or balance the beneficial flow of Qi through the patients meridian system.

The practitioner of Tuina learns to diagnose the patient, using a holistic approach, traditional techniques and methods. The practitioner will need to either stimulate or subdue a particular meridian in order to bring the patient to a state of balanced health

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Practitioners Professional Indemnity Insurance

We have arranged with Holistic Insurances a special group insurance scheme that I hope you find this useful

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Active Health Courses

Thank you for your interest in our courses, please click on the link below of the course you are interested in.

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Professional Practitioner Diploma Courses

Diploma in Tuina chinese Medical Acupressure

A practitioner qualification for mature students who, upon successful completion of this course you will be qualified to practice this effective and practical therapy. Click here for details.

Diploma in Sports Acupuncture

This course is designed for qualified practitioners of sports medicine and massage, physical therapists, physiotherapy and other suitably qualified practitioners in sports remedial therapy. Click here for details.

Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology

The study of Anatomy and Physiology is an essential knowledge for anyone intending to practice of Complementary Health. Anatomy involves the study of the structure of the body, and physiology, the study of its function.

This online distance learning course means that students can study flexible at home or at work, while gaining this qualification. Click here for details.

Post Graduate Diploma in Tuina (for acupuncturists)

A practitioner qualification for acupuncturists and practitioners who have a competent knowledge of the theory of TCM and location and function of the acupoints. Click here for details.


CPD Continuous Professional Development

Cosmetic Acupuncture Workshop

This workshop is especially designed for acupuncturists, who wish to learn the fine skills needed to offer these very popular treatments. You must be a qualified Acupuncturist holding up-to-date professional indemnity insurance to participate on this course . Click here for details.

Auricular Acupuncture

This workshop is especially designed for acupuncturists, who wish to learn the fine skills needed to offer these very popular treatments. You must be a qualified Acupuncturist to participate on this course. Click here for details.

Fertility Workshop for Acupuncturists

As part of our commitment to offering the best training in acupuncture skills, techniques and protocols, we have created a comprehensive 50/50 theory and practical course outlining the way fertility issues are treated according to traditional Chinese medicine. The course covers the fundamental treatment protocols according to TCM and include point prescriptions and their correct needling techniques. You must be a qualified Acupuncturist to participate on this course . Click here for details

Pulse Taking for Acupuncturists

This intensive one day workshop is especially designed for practitioners trained in traditional Chinese medicine or other Eastern therapy, including Shiatsu. You must be a qualified therapist to participate on this course. Click here for details.

Possible New Courses, Workshops, seminars, etc

Help us identify workshops and courses that you feel would be of interest to you and your colleagues by filling in a short form. here………….

Webinar – Onine Seminar


The online seminar or Webinar includes material from both Western and Eastern perspectives. In addition to Traditional Chinese medicine being a general medical discipline  it is primarily complementary and part of an integrated approach to healthcare. More details..

Advanced Clinical Training in China

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Why do we ask for payment in advance?

We are often asked why we ask for application forms and fee in advance. The primary reason is that we need to book a venue. We employ top venues that are comfortable, warm, designed for lectures and training, with presentation facilities/equipment. They usually have a cancellation policy so we need to have course numbers in order to avoid cancellation fees.

We also need to make our preparations for training. Such as……

  • Needles and other practical materials need to be purchased and prepared.
  • Plinths or couches,
  • Sets of notes need to be prepared and printed
  • Examination questions and answer sheets need to be printed and prepared
  • Certificates of Attendance need to be printed and signed, when there is no examination
  • Course content needs to be changed to reflect any current research developments.