The PRTCM is an Irish-based professional body founded in 1983 to promote and protect the professional interests and medical standards of fully qualified practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine throughout Ireland and in the UK, thereby to foster the highest quality of TCM health-care for the public.
It was the first such professional body in Ireland whose members are recognised, for the provision of Acupuncture treatments, by VHI Healthcare, Quinn Health, Irish Life Health and the other principal health insurance providers.
This site is designed to provide members of the public with the information they require to select a fully qualified and fully insured practitioner of Acupuncture TCM or, indeed, one of the other TCM therapy options such as Chinese Herbal Medicine or Medical Qigong.
Details about each of the main TCM therapies is provided, as well as information about finding a practitioner, making an appointment, and attending for treatment.
The PRTCM organises and supports post-graduate training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events for its Practitioner and Student Members. Advanced notification has been sent to members of a Weekend seminar by Professor Tom Shanahan entitled Shen Dao Certificate programme in Medical Qigong Diploma Programme in Chinese Herbal Medicine Members are encouraged to further develop and […]April 5th, 2017
Traditional Chinese Medicine has associated FEAR with Shen Zangfu (related to Kidney function) for more than 2000 years. A recent programme on the BBC entitled Incredible Medicine explores the medical history of a number of people who are beyond the range of what might be described as normal. In Episode Two a person is featured […]June 17th, 2016
On 3 June 2016, the Founder of the Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Prof Tom Shanahan, was honoured to meet the Irish President at the Presidential palace. Tom Shanahan founded the PRTCM in 1983, and since then has been promoting Traditional Chinese Medicine in all its forms, in Ireland, Europe and beyond. During the […]
Acupuncture is part of an ancient and sophisticated form of medical treatment called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which originated in China but has increasingly spread throughout the world.
It is important to realise that acupuncture is only a part of Chinese medicine - to imagine that Acupuncture is TCM is as mistaken as to imagine that, say, surgery is western medicine.
In the hands of a fully qualified professional practitioner the use of acupuncture TCM is effective, entirely safe and free of any harmful side-effects. It has stood the test of time over thousands of years and has not been found wanting.
It is safe to say that there is no sick person who cannot be helped by TCM. The extent of this help will depend on a number of considerations.
There is no limitation in terms of age, sex, or condition regarding acupuncture treatment. The very young or the extremely old can be treated.
The scope and range of ailments amenable to TCM care is enormous. It treats people who complain of a deficiency or break down in their health. It can focus on physical, psychological, emotional or even spiritual disorders with equal effect.
... That Traditional Chinese Medicine is the most widely utilized healing system on this planet, and one of the oldest forms of medicine known to date.
... That acupuncture's use for certain conditions has been endorsed by the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the United States National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization.