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by Bernadette Ward - Friday, 13 April 2012, 12:47 PM
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Thank you for all your kind greetings following the announcement of the Bachelor of Sciences degree.

Since we announced the joint programme between The Acupuncture Foundation and the Nanjing University of TCM, China, we have had much interest and comment.

The prestigious Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, the awarding body for the Bachelor of Science degree have shown us their respect and trust in their partnership and in awarding this degree to graduates of this joint programme.
Many hours were spent in discussion with university directors and officials, before all of the legal agreements were agreed and signed. All of this is based on a twenty four year academic and professional relationship.

Students enrolling on this programme enroll with the two institutions from the first day of the course.

Applicants are happy to take part in additional clinical blocks monitored by NUCM throughout the 4 year BSc. programme. We plan to expand and further develop the additional student clinic to facilitate a wider clinical facility and offer treatments to a wider population.

Our course remains structured for working students, with commitments, and we will continue to hold our lectures on 3 day weekends, E learning and clinical blocks to widen access for students who wish to have professional training, commence practice and also achieve a degree.

We have not forgotten our graduates who have trained over many years and have been awarded their professional Licentiates. Many of them lead the profession in Ireland and we are proud of them. Many of them now make a good living from their professional practices, even in times of financial challenge. The ground for those graduating in the last few years has been prepared by those who went before them.

We are currently finalising our one year conversion course and we plan to offer that to our graduates later in the year. There will be a strong research element in the conversion year . This will also be the core of the Bachelor of Science. Currently there is no research in Chinese Medicine in Ireland and we hope to work to change that.

There is also a route to further study for those who wish towards masters and doctorates, not least in NUCM, but in universities across the UK.

The long journey started with the first step...


[ Modified: Friday, 13 April 2012, 12:52 PM ]
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by Bernadette Ward - Wednesday, 8 February 2012, 08:17 AM
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A significant step forward for Chinese Medicine in Ireland. We join Australia, Norway, Hong Kong and Portugal in offering a joint Bachelor of Science programme with Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine

What is it they say, a lot of work done, more to do.

[ Modified: Wednesday, 8 February 2012, 08:17 AM ]
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by Bernadette Ward - Tuesday, 7 February 2012, 12:44 PM
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We are about to make a major announcement, watch this space smile
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by Bernadette Ward - Thursday, 19 January 2012, 08:53 AM
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A relatively recent fan of evidence based medicine i.e. if you state it, at least make some effort to support your statement. A recent article in the journal of Chinese Medicine, a significant peer reviewed sector journal reports on the gold standard of research the RCT.(Randomised Control Trial) for the relief and treatment of chronic respiratory disease. (COPD) Used in China successfully for thousands of years, but will we use it in our healthcare strategies to help patients with this disease ? Of course not, not when the giant corporates, the medical and health stakeholders continue to block regulation of acupuncturists and herbalists, It will just be the few and far between again.


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by Bernadette Ward - Monday, 9 January 2012, 11:53 AM
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This study on the effects of acupuncture on patients undergoing IVF shows a significant difference between a traditional treatment i.e.

Group I: Guanyuan (ren [RN]4),Qihai (RN6), Guilai (stomach [ST]29), Neiguan (pericardium [PC]6), Xuehai (spleen [SP]10), and Diji (SP8) plus ear point 55 (Shenmen), ear
point 58 (Zigong), ear point 22 (Neifenmi), and ear point 33 (Pizhixia)

Vs Placebo acupuncture points used in Group 2

Group 2, the following acupuncture points were used after ET and again 3 days later: San Jiao [SJ]9 (Sidu), SJ12 (Xiaoluo), gallbladder (GB)31 (Fengshi), GB32 (Zhongdu), and GB34 (Yang ling qua). plus ear points were used: ear point 17 (Shangzhi), ear point 14 (Feng si), ear point 8 (Sisheng), and ear point 53 (Jian).

Study data demonstrats that the implantation rate was significantly higher in group I than in group II (14.2% vs. 5.9%, P.01). Clinical pregnancy and ongoing pregnancy rates per transfer were significant.

Score 10 for traditional acupuncture protocols vs placebo or random needling !

[ Modified: Monday, 9 January 2012, 03:44 PM ]
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by Bernadette Ward - Friday, 23 December 2011, 11:27 AM
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A recent study of 46 patients with painful peripheral neuropathy evaluated
acupuncture analgesia to determine its short- and long-term efficacy.
Using TCM acupuncture points, 34 patients (77%) experienced significant
improvement in their symptoms. After a follow-up period of 18–52
weeks, 67% were able to stop or significantly reduce their pain medications.
Only 8 (24%) required additional an acupuncture treatment; 7
(21%) stated that their symptoms had cleared completely.11

A randomized, sham-controlled, crossover study of 50 adults with type
2 diabetes evaluated the effectiveness of Percutaneous Nerve Stimulation
(PENS) therapy in the treatment of neuropathic pain.

PENS is a modern adaptation of acupuncture that uses
percutaneously placed acupuncture needles to stimulate peripheral sensory
and motor nerves innervating the region of neuropathic pain. The
results showed that active PENS treatment improved neuropathic pain
symptoms in all patients. In addition to reducing pain, the treatment
improved physical activity levels, sense of well-being, and quality of
sleep and reduced oral non-opioid analgesic medication requirements.2

Because of poor peripheral circulation and slowed healing of skin infections
and ulcerations, needling of the lower extremities in diabetic patients
should be performed with extreme caution and sterile technique. In general,
however, acupuncture appears to be a relatively safe form of treatment.
An extensive worldwide literature search identified only 193 adverse
events (including relatively minor events, such as bruising and dizziness)
over a 15-year period. There have been approximately 86 reported cases
of hepatitis B and 1 case of HIV transmission.

Reference; From Research to Practice, Complementary and Integrative Medicine ([Viewed December 22nd 2011]
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by Bernadette Ward - Friday, 9 December 2011, 09:29 PM
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This article on recent research in the link below is presented from an orthodox medical point of view. The discussion on the therapeutic effect of acupuncture treatments outlines the effect of needle insertion on nerve fibres, rarther than directing the qi or or energetic resources.

God forbid we should use such an airy fairy concept as qi or core energy.

Whatever the explanation, this research is another step towards providing an answer for the effects we see and patients report when an acupuncture needle is inserted, and we get a positive therapeutic result. Check it out

Acupuncture is now part of US military field and post trauma treatments.

This low cost treatment has proved to be effective and dare we say it, a positive healing resource, for wounded bodies and spirits.

A rose by any other name smile


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by Bernadette Ward - Saturday, 12 November 2011, 07:44 AM
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Positive Health November edition, you may be interested in this article on the topic of Placebo relating to complementary medicine treatments.

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of the healing process and not in itself the reason for a good clinical result. So yes the therapeutic one to one treatment improves the whole treatment, and no it is not the only reason for treatment effect. Its not all in the mind, but the mind must be included in the holistic treatment. No absolutes, all aspects of treatment are inter dependent. I am happy to be able to make those statements as a research projects supported this theory.

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by Bernadette Ward - Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 03:05 AM
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Our 2011 China group are mostly now on their way home, following intensive clinics, lectures, workshops, even Qi Gong.

The group have become familiar with the city of Nanjing, its shops, markets, restaurants. Outside of our clinical programme we found the best TCM trained massage therapists and even a TCM beauty clinic. Several of our group found a local gym and sports centre.

The suitcases going home were a lot heavier than on the way out. I remain in Nanjing as my work here is not yet done. It was good to catch up with old friends.

There are still a few stragglers, on their way up the Yellow mountain and spending a while absorbing some of the iconic sights of this part of China.

We have been particularly lucky with the weather, warm for the season with only sporadic light rain, so another year of Nanjing soon coming to an end.

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by Bernadette Ward - Monday, 17 October 2011, 12:07 PM
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I want to give a big welcome to our new intake of student acupuncturists. Enthusiastic, motivated, good humored and keen are just some of the adjectives I would use to describe this group.

They are already immersing themselves in Chinese medicine theory and are already practicing their point location. The three years will pass quickly. I hope, like their predecessors they will learn and grow within the programme so that they can take their place in the private health care sector.

Several of our graduates lead the profession in Ireland and a few are scattered across the four winds to far off places, practicing their therapy and taking part in clinical research.

I also want to welcome our new cohort of level 1 herbal students. We are all getting ready for this second group.

They, like me before them, have been bitten by the Chinese medicine bug. The more I learn, the more I realise what I still don't know. Always more to learn and comprehend.

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