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 home.

As you realise, doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, is essential to help in stopping the pandemic.

It sounds easy but it is not – as we all know by now.

Most importantly, please continue to observe the strict guidelines on social distancing and, if you have any viral symptoms, please ensure that you do not go out. Avoid contact with others to inhibit the spread of Covid-19 and keep up-to-date with government advice and guidelines. 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

  • If you do have to go out, keep well away from everyone else. Do not bring the virus home with you. Since we are all in danger, we must all be over-careful. The first requirement is STAY ALIVE. This is as serious as it gets. 
  • Do not die of carelessness. It does not look good on a Death Certificate.
  • Stay at home. Keep staying at home. Stay safe. Protect yourself. Safeguard others. By staying in we can help to stop the virus spreading. To stay in, is to stay safe.
  • This is the work of heroes.

Professor Tom Shanahan, founder of the PRTCM.

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

We realise that it is important for your health for you to be able to continue to receive the Acupuncture treatment or other TCM treatment that you normally receive. 

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.

Obviously, your TCM practitioner also wants to ensure that they are not increasing your risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. The Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine has issued some specific Health and Safety guidelines to its members  which they will follow during this time, although the advice and guidelines may change if the need arises.

Acupuncture-Moxibustion treatment requires face-to-face contact between the practitioner and the client, and your Acupuncturist will only see you if you have a pre-arranged appointment.

If he or she is unwell and showing any of the signs of Coronavirus infection they will NOT see you but instead will arrange for a locum to run the clinic on their behalf so that you do not miss the benefits of regular treatment.

If, on the other hand, you are a client and have any of the main symptoms of the virus you must not attend for your appointment. You should cancel  the treatment session and follow government guidelines so that you do not put other people’s health in danger

Your practitioner may also contact you by phone the day before your appointment to check that you are free of any viral symptoms. If you have any of these your appointment will be cancelled.  However, the practitioner will be happy to see you again, by appointment, once you are symptom free for the required amount of time.

If you are attending a Chinese HERBAL Medicine practitioner, he or she  may arrange to see you for a video consultation and will then post out to you the required herbal medicine prescription.

If you have any questions you should phone or email your individual practitioner.

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: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06782-7

Then in February and March 2019 the founder of the PRTCM, Thomas J Shanahan, of Rooskey, Co Roscommon, who has more than 40 years of experience as a TCM practitioner in the fields of Acupuncture Moxibustion, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong, was formally invited to take part in the peer-reviewing process for the Acupuncture and TCM parts of the WHO publication/s.

As a leading professional organisation of TCM practitioners, the PRTCM welcomes the ongoing and growing interest expressed by the WHO. Further information can be found on the ICTCM.ie website.

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 enhance their skills and knowledge as Practitioners of TCM to be able to offer clients the widest range of clinical interventions within the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

    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 who has absolutely no fear. He had a normal fear response until the removal of his Adrenal glands. These glands are associated with the Kidneys and thus, in TCM terms, with what is referred to as Shen Zangfu.
    Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston’s Casebook.

    TCM has a long history of understanding the emotional causes of disease, and the treatment of conditions which have an imbalance of a particular emotion as the presenting main complaint.

    It is interesting to see that Western Medical research is now becoming aware of some aspects of human functioning that have been known about by Chinese Medicine for millennia.

    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 reception Professor Shanahan provided President Higgins with some literature about the PRTCM, and its TCM College in Dublin, the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine – the Alma Mater of most members of the PRTCM.

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