Practitioners Diploma in Tuina

2 Qualifications to start you practicing Chinese Medicine

1st Qualification: Practitioners Diploma in Tuina
2nd Qualification: Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology

Tuina Chinese Medical (Chiropractic) is the most powerful hands on therapy in the world today 

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This course is designed for mature students who, upon successful completion of this course you will be qualified to practice this effective and practical therapy. Tuina is the Official Medical Chinese Bodywork therapy that was developed in China over 3,000 years ago and known as needle-less acupuncture. It is an integral part of the healthcare system in hospitals throughout China today. It works with the energy system in the body known as the meridian system. Traditional Chinese Medicine is now a well established health profession. It is a holistic approach that has received wide recognition throughout the world.

Hung Tsui Ying demonstrating technique

Subject Description: Tuina is the Official Medical Chinese Bodywork therapy that was developed in China over 3,000 years ago and known as needle-less acupuncture. It is an integral part of the healthcare system in hospitals throughout China today. It works with the energy system in the body known as the meridian system. Traditional Chinese Medicine is now a well established health profession. It is a holistic approach that has received wide recognition throughout the world.

Aim of Course: To enable participants to obtain a Practitioners Diploma in Tuina Chinese Medical Acupressure, which certifies their competence to diagnose and treat a wide variety of health conditions according to the practical and theoretical principals of Traditional Chinese Medical theory in a Holistic way.

Entry Level: The course is designed for mature persons with an explicit interest in studying a complementary therapy that they can use in helping others within the community.
It is also a prerequisite for all participants to adhere to a practitioner Code of Ethics and Practice

Course Validation: The course syllabus, its academic structure and the number of hours have been designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Chinese Academic Authority, through their principal college, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and ZheJiang University of Chinese Medicine

The course structure is the only course in Ireland that meets with the training schedule as laid down by the World Health Organisation for practitioners of Tuina

Text Books: A list of text books, together with a detailed syllabus pack and course timetable is issued on enrolment.

Course Content: You will gain a thorough knowledge in Traditional Chinese Medicine, covering the following lectures and practical sessions.

History and development of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
History and development of Tui Na Chinese Medical Acupressure, Medical Qi Gong,
Concepts and Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Diagnostic methods applied to Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Looking,
  • Asking,
  • Palpation,
  • Smelling,
  • Foundation in Tongue Diagnosis
  • Foundation in Pulse Diagnosis

TCM Syndrome identification of the major syndromes
Theory and Principals of Yin & Yang
Five Element theory and its use in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Vital Substances: Functions and Disharmonies of the Vital Substances

  • Qi
  • Blood (Xue)
  • Body Fluids (Jin Ye)
  • Essence (Jing)
  • Spirit (Shen)

Zang Fu: Organs of the body, their energetic functions and disharmonies
Origins of disharmony, Causes of Disease, the Pathogenic Factors and Emotions
Examination techniques and protocol: Signs & Symptoms
Location of the 14 Meridians and collaterals
Location of the Qi points (approximate 90 points)
Functions of the Qi points. (approximate 90 points)

The quality of our notes are developed according to the latest studies in effective teaching and optimised learning by James O’Sullivan B. A. Psychology and Lic. Ac. (China), they represent a percentage of lecture content to enable the student to enjoy the lecture, while easily take notes and have time to think and ask those relevant and important questions. A lecturer is a facilitator of the dissemination of course knowledge and as such also facilitates active participation between lecture and student

Practical: Examination and practical Diagnostic methods applied to Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Contra-Indications of Tuina
  • Commonly used manipulations and Tuina techniques for acupuncture
  • Cupping (vacuum cupping)
  • Demonstration of Gua Sha (scraping)
  • Treatment of common disharmonies
  • Clinical treatments under supervision using Tuina to treat a wide variety of conditions

Practical Extra: A commitment to full (95%) attendance is necessary to meet with Active Health Foundation requirements for examinations.

Western Sciences: All the WHO affiliated TCM colleges have taught Western Medical sciences since 1953. These have been taught alongside acupuncture, herbs, and Tuina.
Both Tuina and Western Sciences modules run concurrently.

There will be 3 examinations at the end of each year:
::: An exam in TCM theory
::: An exam in TCM practical
::: An exam in Western Medical Sciences

Duration of Course: 480 hours of lectures, practical’s, assignments and clinical experience

Your Lecturers: Hung Tsui Ying has a busy practice in Chinese Medicine in Galway.
She is a respected Tuina master from Taiwan and a master practitioner in Chinese Cosmetic Acupuncture, Chinese Nutrition therapy, Gua Sha therapy, Auricular (ear) acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine. Tsui Ying lectures extensively throughout Ireland and England.
More on Hung Tsui Ying.

James O’Sullivan

James O’Sullivan has a busy Chinese Medicine practice in Galway. James also lectures for 5 VEC colleges around Ireland running the under graduate Tuina diploma course, as well as being a visiting lecturer to Beijing and ZheJiang universities in China. He developed the first under graduate Diploma in Tuina in Ireland. Many acupuncturists will know his fresh and hands on approach to TCM. James trained with Hung Shui Chen in Taiwan, a Tuina master practitioner and a living legend in his lifetime.
More on James O’Sullivan

Career Opportunities: As a qualified Tuina Practitioner you qualify for Professional Indemnity Insurance – allowing you to practice legally in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. You can start your own clinic & practice, by practicing the most effective natural therapies from China. You can find employment in the rapidly expanding markets such as

  • Healing centers,
  • Health Centers,
  • Sports Injury clinics,
  • Beauty Salons,
  • Hotels,
  • Cruise Ships,
  • Health Spas,
  • Gymnasiums.

The Active Health group at the Forbidden City, Beijing

We work with people of all ages who may be in good health but suffer from common problems, such as sports injuries, stress related conditions, headaches, PMT, fatigue, insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, to name a few.

Course Progression: You can progress with further training and qualify as a practitioner of Sports Acupuncture, subject to our affiliated college’s syllabus and curriculum. The Diploma in Tuina course is a step on your route to becoming an Acupuncturist

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The Tuina practitioner treat health conditions by diagnosing medical patterns of disharmony according to the ancient methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine.