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by Bernadette Ward - Friday, 15 July 2016, 12:54 PM
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Many of our graduates, working professionally all over Ireland and in some cases across the world, treat pain as one of the common clinical conditions. Treating pregnant women can bring some excellent results.

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by daniel svidrnoch - Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 02:53 PM
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Acupuncture & Herbs Beat Drugs For Infertility

Acupuncture and herbal medicine outperformed drugs for the treatment of infertility. The pregnancy rates in the Traditional Chinese Medicine group were 85% compared with 38% in the drug group. Researchers at the Maternal and Child Care Service Center of Puyang City (Henan) conducted a randomized controlled study of 200 patients with fallopian tube obstruction related infertility. Pregnancy rates were measured for the drug group and the acupuncture combined with herbal medicine group at 3, 6, 12 and 24 months after completion of treatments. The acupuncture and herbal medicine group had a significantly higher improvement in pregnancy rates than did the pharmaceutical medication group.

See more at: http://goo.gl/mxFH6G

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by Bernadette Ward - Thursday, 21 May 2015, 01:36 PM
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World Health Assembly progress on traditional medicine


Traditional medicine

The Health Assembly approved WHO’s traditional medicine strategy 2014–2023. Traditional medicine covers a wide variety of therapies and practices which vary from country to country and region to region. The strategy aims to build the knowledge base for national policies and strengthen quality assurance, safety, proper use and effectiveness of traditional and complementary medicine through regulation.


It also aims to promote universal health coverage by integrating traditional and complementary medicine services into health care service delivery and home care.


The WHO have a broad view of treaditional, and complementary medicine services, and have encompassed their views in their global strategy.

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by Bernadette Ward - Monday, 13 April 2015, 12:44 PM
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CAM, An Irish Solution to a Global Question, Analysis of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Sector.

by Dr Bernadette Ward (Author)

CAM or natural healing has been part of public healthcare choices in Ireland from early monastic times, when cures were sought and used for a range of ailments. Natural healing predates biomedicine and has remained a popular choice down through the ages. This has been replicated on a global scale from the beginnings of traditional medicines to current use today of indigenous or folk medicines as healthcare choices. Often described as "alternative" to the more accepted, dominant, scientific biomedical systems used by most countries for their healthcare systems. both the EU and the WHO have sought to map, and recommend protection and recognition of non-dominant traditional medicines. This book is based on research which explores CAM communities across the globe, and uses Ireland as one example of the emergence of a vibrant CAM community.

It explores lack of government recognition and inclusion of CAM in healthcare choices in most countries of the world, despite public demand. It discusses the growth of unsupported CAM private training and public service industries across the world, delivering lifelong learning and second chance education, creating employment to meet industry demand.

http://www.amazon.de/Irish-Solution-Global-Question-Complementary/dp/3659302309

You can order a copy on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, Morebooks.de
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by Bernadette Ward - Monday, 13 April 2015, 12:18 PM
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We often get asked for advice on a refresher programme for practitioners who wish to upskill, or who may not have much hands on clinical experience.

We have designed a one year clinical refresher programme to add diagnostic and clinical skills for those who wish to refresh or upskill. Email us for details.
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by Bernadette Ward - Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 03:36 PM
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This is an interesting article and typical of experiences in the treatment of a range of conditions, successfully with Acupuncture


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by Bernadette Ward - Thursday, 27 November 2014, 02:22 PM
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Acupuncture treatments have long been used to support treatment protocols for a range of mental and emotional disorders, with good effect.  This recent study supports the use of acupuncture for these conditions, alongside broader healthcare treatments. 



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by Bernadette Ward - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 02:32 PM
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Some of our best days are celebrating our graduate achievements, acknowledging their effort and challenges in taking part in a higher education course as adult learners.   All learning should be acknowledged, and we are only too happy to acknowledge our graduates achievements, at all professional and academic levels.  Well done to our 2014 graduates, who are now professionally registering, joining the insurance blocks, and opening their clinics across the country and in some cases in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Social networks make it possible to share our special days.  I am sharing my own special day with my graduation as a Doctor of Education here in Dublin. 

This was a personal challenge, but an enjoyable one, and followed my Masters programme which took place in London and necessitated a weekly commute between Dublin and Dublin, for a large part of the course.   All worth the effort, I am looking forward to the next challenge https://www.facebook.com/acupuncture.ireland

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by Bernadette Ward - Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 10:21 AM
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October is the "Golden Month" in China, the time when the weather is good and there are many blue sky days.  It is also the month when the Acupuncture Foundation finishing students travel to Nanjing University to work in hospitals around the city of Nanjing.  Hospitals selected are academically and professionally linked to the well known Nanjing University of TCM.   

Our 2014 group are now in Nanjing, led by Mark,  and have started their clinical experience.  They will use their time there to work in busy clinics, attend specialist lectures in the University and have a little down time visiting the sites of the city and the wider Jiangsu province.

Nanjing University (NUCM) is a WHO collaborative centre, and Acupuncture Foundation have had dual agreements with the NUCM since the late eighties, when our first group travelled there.  Our agreements have been regularly updated  and the NUCM remains a strong and valued partner.

Having the opportunity to travel and work at the source of Chinese Medicine, experiencing how the traditional theories and practice have evolved to remain relevant in the world of the 21st century is a unique experience for any potential practitioner.  I am looking forward to reading the casework and reflective journals on their return.


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by Bernadette Ward - Monday, 22 September 2014, 11:53 AM
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Its that time of year again, when many of us plan our study programmes for the coming year, and in many cases for the next few years. We are fortunate that there is a variety of adult learning programmes, offering skills which are focused on the creation of employment, regardless of gender or age.  The CAM sector (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) offers valuable course choices leading to employable skills. especially in the  Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine professional training programme which I am fortunate to direct. 

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, is a valuable and rewarding career choice for all age groups. According to a recent research study which I completed as part of my own Doctoral studies, (now successfully completed), CAM training, not only delivers employable skills, but for some people is a second chance at higher education, which may not have been available previously because of life circumstance. 

We are all happy to welcome our new intake, and will guide them on their learning journey, towards acquiring new knowledge and achieving new skills. Technology allows us to use valuable on line resources to increase our blend of learning, so our students can sit in their homes, cars or in some cases another country, and take some of our study support programmes, as well as attending on scheduled weekends to learn from our experienced lecture team.

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