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Welcome to the ICOM blog. Here we share student and college news along with articles on acupuncture and general health and well-being, plus insights into Chinese Medicine and Chinese culture.

ICOM Clinical Supervision

Graduating from ICOM herself in 1995, Sarah Major is ICOM's point location and practical clinic course coordinator for module 1. Sarah also teaches applied Chinese Medicine and is a clinic supervisor here at the International College of Oriental Medicine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXOUztSj1UM

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Meet Our Chinese Medicine Year One Course Co-ordinator, Tony ToddTony

Tony Todd is the course leader for Chinese medicine theory for the year one students at ICOM. In the video below, Tony gives an overview of the Chinese medicine module taught to the first year acupuncture students. The first part of the module deals with the historical development of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and aims to give the students a firm grounding in not only the heritage of this...

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How To Stay Healthy in Winter – 6 Tips & Secrets

Tips and Secrets to Staying Healthy this Winter The middle of our traditionally cold and frosty season is fast approaching, with the winter solstice just around the corner on 21st December. Here are six ways that will help you to stay healthy through out the season. 1. Keep your kidneys warm From a Chinese medicine perspective, the kidneys are a very important organ and are one of the main...

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8 Healthy Tips for the Summer

Now that summer is well and truly here we want to be healthy enough to enjoy it to the fullest. Here are eight healthy tips to help keep you in tip-top condition this summer. Get on the berries Take the opportunity to enjoy some summer fruits like blackberries and blueberries. These fruits are especially high in antioxidants which may help prevent a lot of illnesses related to the aging process....

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5 Things You Need to Know About Acupuncture Courses

Acupuncture is a fascinating and highly rewarding subject however, many people know little about this ancient medicine and as a result, choosing acupuncture courses that are right for you can be a tricky business. If you are considering studying acupuncture you may already have had treatment yourself and experienced its wonderful benefits. Here are just 6 examples of the benefits of acupuncture....

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A conversation with acupuncture master Dr. Van Buren, founder and chancellor of the ICOM – From 1988

Dr. Van Buren is a world renowned acupuncture master, healer and pioneer. Having practiced acupuncture for more than 50 years, he is the founder of the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM). ICOM is renowned for turning out some of the best acupuncture practitioners in the world. This is an interesting and inspiring interview with Dr Van Buren from 1988 made by one of our then...

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How I came to study acupuncture – Sarah Major

Sarah is a senior lecturer, clinic supervisor and point location co-ordinator at ICOM.  She also runs a busy private practice locally. Here’s what Sarah says about how she came to study acupuncture: I was always a bit of a frustrated medic, I guess. I loved science, especially Biology, at school and really considered going into medicine following my ‘A’ levels. However I became intensely and...

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ICOM’s Acupuncture Course: Current student, Alex, changes career from 3D computer animation to Chinese Medicine

Read about Alex's experience on ICOM's acupuncture course so far and why she decided to study at our college As the end of my second year looms on ICOM's acupuncture course, I have taken a moment to reflect on my journey so far. In 2010 I decided to alter the course of my life to study Acupuncture; switching from a career in the rapidly evolving world of 3D computer animation to study the...

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Cottage Hospital To Acupuncture College

History of a cottage hospital Our acupuncture college has a very interesting history and has actually been a medical establishment for more than 100 years. It all began with Dr. John Henry Rogers, who was a local GP in East Grinstead in the 1850s and 60s. The 1861 census shows him aged 47, unmarried and living with his mother, whose birthplace is shown as Oporto in Portugal, and a servant in...

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ICOM’s children clinic – Boost Your Child’s Health Naturally

Acupuncture for children can be of great benefit. Many children come for regular acupuncture treatment, from babies, toddlers to teenagers. Not only can acupuncture for children help with any symptoms they may be experiencing, it may also be effective in boosting their overall health in a natural way. Getting down to the cause of their symptoms and treating conditions at a young age could lay...

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Elio Basagni

Elio Basagni

Elio Basagni teaches Point location I and II and Chinese Medicine II. At the college clinic he also runs the I-COMmunity acupuncture project with the aim to promote the art of Acupuncture making it more accessible and affordable thanks to a multi-bed setting. He was awarded a BSc degree with first class honours in Oriental Medicine - Acupuncture by the University of Brighton, having completed a...

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Kirsten Germann

Kirsten Germann

Kirsten Germann qualified as an acupuncturist in 1994 after attending the acupuncture course at ICOM. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Since then she has been working at the Eastbourne Clinic of Natural Medicine and at the Chilston Clinic in Tunbridge Wells. She moved her Tunbridge Wells practise to Hamblys in Wadhurst in 2007. She has also been teaching and studying yoga for...

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