Welcome to the International College of Oriental Medicine

We are a world-renowned acupuncture training college, founded by Dr Van Buren in 1972. With roots standing firmly in the classical tradition, ICOM educates and inspires students to be committed seekers of ever-deepening understanding.

New Clinic Safety Guidelines

This short video explains the new safety procedures for appointments at our Acupuncture clinic. More information can be found on our new clinic website at icomclinic.org

Why Study at ICOM?

ICOM is internationally renowned for its philosophical and practical application of the Stems and Branches theory which is taught alongside Five Elements theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Stems and Branches theory allows students to go into much greater depth and breadth than that given by conventional acupuncture approaches and is unique to ICOM.

A Living Acupuncture Tradition of Teaching & Clinical Excellence

If you are considering a career in acupuncture we offer a Licenciate in Acupuncture by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board which will give you access to the register of the British Acupuncture Council.

Course Introduction Days

The best way to find out more about ICOM is to attend one of our Introduction Days. We are currently providing these online via Zoom. At these online events you can listen to a talk by the College Principal, Director of Studies and Director of Clinic. You will also watch a video of a classical acupuncture treatment, and take a virtual tour of the college. The next online Introduction Day takes place at 10am-1pm on Sunday 6th September. Please register in advance.

All the tutors have shown extraordinary support and guidance throughout my three years here. Their level of expertise and knowledge, particularly in the Classics of Chinese Medicine has provided me with the most solid foundations with which to begin this fascinating new career.  Students from other colleges frequently comment on how they wish they could have covered everything that we cover at ICOM. 

I simply feel a sense of privilege and pride to have studied at ICOM.

Alison Dalziel

2019 Graduate

Over our three years here, ICOM has provided us with a wealth of information and an education of the highest level within our chosen field of acupuncture – always challenging but always with the goal of facilitating the development of the greatest of practitioners.  The seed has very much been planted.  I am very grateful to all at ICOM for their support at the beginning of this wonderful journey.  

I truly wish I could do it all over again.

Ben Carrigan

2019 Graduate


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