The ICOM Community

Our students come from all walks of life and from all over the world. Each has their own life experience but they all share a great passion for learning and self-growth, a desire to help others and a strong intention to become well-prepared and experienced professionals. For this reason many of our Alumni are well respected scholars, researchers, teachers as well as successful acupuncturists.

At ICOM, we celebrate the achievements of our alumni and we like to maintain contact with them so that they remain part of the ICOM family as they progress through their careers. We have a graduate scheme called ICOM+ where members gather online each month and participate in in-person workshops at the college. Our dedicated Facebook group is also open to all students and alumni and is another place to share news and advice.

Due to our international reputation for producing excellent practitioners and our unique teaching of Stems and Branches theory which is unique to ICOM, we often get enquiries from members of the public who are looking for a practitioner who trained here. Many of our graduates are listed here but not all of them, so if you haven’t found one in your area please get in touch and we’ll see if we can help you.


Find an ICOM-Trained Acupuncturist ICOM has trained hundreds of first-class Acupuncturists over the last fifty years. When you are treated by a practitioner who has trained at ICOM, you can be sure that they have undergone the most rigorous training with exceptional teachers. Some of our alumni are listed below. If you're looking for an [...]


Our History The International college of Oriental Medicine was founded by Dr. J.D. van Buren in 1972. The College was originally formed in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire but, as it expanded, a new building was found in East Grinstead, Sussex, in 1977. Who was Dr van Buren? Dr J D van Buren Born in 1921, to [...]


Welcome to ICOM Plus, our postgraduate support programme. ICOM Plus is a developmental and supervisory initiative for all ICOM Graduates designed to support your personal and professional development as acupuncturists. It is aimed at co-ordinating, deepening and formalizing our community of practice.  ICOM Plus is a space for accessing practice resources unique to ICOM, providing [...]