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6 June 2024
How many Acupuncture treatments will I need?

In the Acupuncture TCM clinic a frequently asked question is - How many Acupuncture treatments will I need? Many factors influence this. One of the main factors is the nature of the complaint itself. Some conditions are, by their very nature, more severe or serious than others. Usually the more serious the illness the more […]

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17 May 2024
How to make an Acupuncture appointment

  If you would like to make an Acupuncture appointment with a professionally qualified and insured TCM Acupuncturist or Chinese Medical Practitioner, visit this list of practitioners  to find the one that is in a location nearest to you.   What to expect in an appointment The initial consultation can typically last anything between thirty and […]

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30 April 2024
Why people get Acupuncture TCM Treatment

TCM is a holistic system of medicine that has been used successfully for thousands of years. It works to activate and sometimes even generate the body's defence mechanisms. It is a natural medicine that activates the potential that is in the human body to heal. The same techniques or prescriptions have been used for more […]

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26 March 2024
Acupuncture and its associated therapies

Members of the PRTCM are fully qualified TCM Practitioners. This means they are trained to the highest standard in TCM Acupuncture and its associated therapies.  What are its associated therapies? They include moxibustion, cupping, food therapy and lifestyle advice. When you visit your TCM Acupuncture Practitioner you can be treated with one or a combination of these. […]

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1 March 2024
Accidents, injuries and Acupuncture treatment

Injuries tend to rise at this time of year. The brighter days and nearing of Spring time sees a rise in all activity including more people being out and about, doing odd jobs or getting back into sporting activities. The range of accidents and injuries presenting in the clinic for Acupuncture Treatment can vary greatly, […]

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7 February 2024
What conditions can be treated with TCM Acupuncture?

Sometimes, there can be confusion about what conditions can be treated with TCM Acupuncture. There have been various instances where its success has gained attention in the West, with stories about its use in China as an anaesthetic or for pain relief.  However, Traditional Chinese Medicine is a full medical system in its own right […]

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16 January 2024
Acupuncture TCM as a preventative treatment

Are you looking for new ways to improve your health this year? Would you like to promote your health and help prevent disease? Traditional Chinese Medicine, through the use of Acupuncture treatment and other classical medical therapies such as Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong, aims to establish energetic harmony in the whole person thereby […]

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20 December 2023
Happy Christmas 2023 and a Joyful New Year

Season's Greetings from The Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine (PRTCM). We wish all our members - TCM Practitioners using TCM Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong - a peaceful and relaxing Christmas. May the start of 2024 bring peace and harmony to all. The PRTCM Committee have been busy this year promoting our […]

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12 December 2023

Winter is often a time of increased incidence of people presenting with ‘stress’ in the TCM clinic. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO),  'Stress can be defined as a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation.’  and ‘Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and […]

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28 November 2023
Is Acupuncture Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is one modality of TCM, not the whole thing. Like moxibustion or herbs, it forms one tool in the TCM toolkit, like surgery is one part of modern medicine but not the whole thing.  Ancient Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is based on the solid roots of a sophisticated theoretical structure that predates […]

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14 November 2023
Winter - the season of rest

Winter, in TCM theory is a time of deep rest and recuperation, of stillness and reflection. Just as nature hibernates and enjoys a stillness after a year of productive activity. As Winter time is now approaching, with its colder temperatures and damp weather, old aches and pains can raise their head. Joint problems (often called […]

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28 April 2023
How to make an appointment

If you would like to make an appointment with a well qualified, insured and professional TCM Acupuncturist or Chinese Medical practitioner go to our list of practitioners.Find the one who you are looking for, or the nearest person to you, and check their contact details. Most members of the PRTCM like to speak to prospective […]

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26 February 2021
Wearing Masks in the Acupuncture TCM Clinic

For new clients it can be quite daunting to form a relationship with me if they cannot see my face, questions and answers can get lost without accompanying facial expressions. Are they smiling, frowning or stony faced beneath the mask? Does the question asked make sense to the client when they cannot see my face?

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14 February 2021
Thanks to Members of the PRTCM and their Acupuncture and TCM Clients

The Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine would like to say “thank you” to all their Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner Members for strictly following the rules during the challenge we face from Covid-19. Secondly, we want to thank all our TCM clients for their understanding and cooperation. Thank you all for staying at […]

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14 March 2020
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and attending a TCM practitioner for treatment

According to their individual circumstances and the conditions in their clinics, many members of the PRTCM will continue in practice during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, if it is safe and practicable to do so.

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31 March 2019
World Health Organisation (WHO) and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has, over the years, provided information about some aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture in its numerous publications.
Last year one of our members gave us some advance notice that the WHO was planning to include traditional medicines in its International Classification of Diseases in 2019.

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8 June 2017
Professional Development for PRTCM Members

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 […]

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5 April 2017
Recent Western Medicine research catches up with Traditional Chinese Medicine

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 […]

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17 June 2016
Irish President Michael D Higgins receiving the PRTCM founder in June 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 […]

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8 June 2016
Qigong and Medical Qigong practitioners received by President Higgins at the Aras

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.

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