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The International College Of Oriental Medicine Open Days; Are you considering a Career Change? Considering Acupuncture?

The International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) is the longest established acupuncture training institution in the UK. Founded in 1972 by the late world-renowned acupuncturist

Dr.Van Buren, ICOM continues to produce graduate acupuncturists trained to a very high standard, year after year.

ICOM House

ICOM House

Based in West Sussex and affiliated with Greenwich University, ICOM provides both full and part time acupuncture courses at degree level and is fully accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB).

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the world’s oldest method of medicine and healing. The earliest records of acupuncture theory and treatment date back around 3,500 years; however, recent evidence demonstrates that its practice goes back as far as 5,000 years.

By carefully selecting and stimulating very specific points on the body, acupuncture works by triggering the body’s own very powerful healing responses to disease. In so doing an acupuncturist is able to have a positive influence over the production and regulation of blood, body fluids and the energetic system. By this token, acupuncture has the capability to affect the various systems of the body such as the digestive, respiratory, endocrine, circulatory and even central and autonomic nervous systems.

Acupuncture is a completely natural, safe and holistic approach to health and healing. Originally used as a preventative form of treatment, it is used not only to treat a wide variety of ailments, but also to keep a person strong and healthy, to boost the immune system and to assist the body’s energies in the changing of the seasons, a prime time for many people to fall ill due to the fluctuating climate changes throughout the year.

What is unique about ICOM?

The teaching at ICOM is a highly comprehensive integration of both theoretical study and practical application. Great emphasis is placed on the students gaining as much clinical experience as possible, both in the sense of observing senior practitioners and also in integrating their theory and practice, culminating in their own clinic practice, carrying out whole treatments on patients within our on-site community and teaching clinic. All this is facilitated under the supervision of highly experienced practitioners who provide guidance, support and instruction along the way.

ICOM Clinic Class

ICOM Clinic Class

ICOM’s approach to acupuncture and to its training has its roots in the classical teachings of Chinese Medicine, including five element theory and stems and branches theory, and combines these teachings with more contemporary approaches such as traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This integrated approach of all styles within a rich curriculum that also includes western medicine and research skills, is unique in the UK, and ensures that ICOM’s students are well grounded in what is known as Classical acupuncture.

ICOM attracts students from all over the world due to its robust, comprehensive training and reputation for excellence; many graduates of the college have gone on to become prominent names in the profession, as teachers, college principals, international speakers and authors of prominent books on the subjects of acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Being the only acupuncture training college in UK to teach Stems and Branches is also a huge appeal for the college. To learn more about stems and branches acupuncture, click here.


ICOM’s Open Days

ICOM holds several open days throughout the year in order to provide prospective students with the opportunity to visit the college and get a feel for this unique and vibrant institution. Not only are visitors immediately aware of the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the college but many people also often comment on the warm and friendly persona of the staff and students and the supportive ethos.

What Happens at the Open Days?

ICOM students

ICOM students

ICOM’s open days typically run from 10am-1pm. The morning begins with an introduction to acupuncture and the uniqueness of ICOM, presented by ICOM’s Joint Principals, Penny Kharroubi and Sam Patel.

Following the presentation, the open day attendees are given the chance to speak with current students of the college as well as with graduates and teachers. This all helps to give people a good insight into life as an acupuncture student and also what it is like to work as an acupuncture practitioner.

The session then continues with a demonstration of an acupuncture treatment on a patient, accompanied by an explanation of how the practitioner has made the diagnosis, arrived at the treatment solution and with a summary of the theory behind the treatment.

As midday approaches, attendees are then given a tour of the college, its facilities, common rooms and the grounds.

As the open day draws to a close individuals are offered the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a member of the staff should they wish to have a more private discussion. For students who are ready to take things a step further, interview slots are held in the afternoon of the open day, and are booked by appointment only.

ICOM’s open days provide a fascinating insight into the world of acupuncture and life at the college. If you are interested in attending then please be sure to book your place as spaces are limited. You can do so by visiting http://www.orientalmed.ac.uk/college/open-days

The next ICOM open day is scheduled for Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 and our “Taster Day” – an introduction to the course subjects through workshops – is on 10th September 2014. ICOM frequently announces its upcoming events and latest news on its Facebook Page