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Become an Acupuncturist

Study CNM’s Hybrid Acupuncture Course from anywhere in the world.

Change career, help others and improve your health with the No.1 training provider.

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International Acupuncture course

CNM’s newly developed Hybrid Acupuncture Diploma Course combines on line learning with practical in class training. Study all the theory in your own time at home or wherever you are and get your clinical skills honed in at a CNM college or with a CNM approved acupuncturist. Our specifically produced practical videos show precisely how meridians run in the body including their acupuncture points and how to needle them. These videos also help you understand how organ functions are interconnected. An imbalance of the digestion for instance can cause dysfunctions of the lungs, or the other way around; a weak lung can lead to constipation! A pain on the forearm can be related to the lungs as the lung channel (meridian) goes via the forearm to the thumb. Having such videos at hand allows you to hone in your practical skills. Watch – practice – watch again till you are confident.

The course consists of 3 components:

  • Filmed lectures and comprehensive handouts.
  • Online live tutorials, exams and written assignments.
  • In-person clinics with practising therapist.

80% of CNM graduates are practising (part time or full time)

  • Part 1: Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study and Acupuncture theory
  • Part 2: Naturopathic Principles and Acupuncture theory and practice
  • Part 3: Acupuncture practice and setting up your own clinic.

With CNM’s Acupuncture training, you will qualify not only as an Acupuncturist but also as a Naturopath.

International Acupuncture Course Overview

Length of Study: 3-5 years (depending on chosen schedule).

Clinical Hours: 400 hours.

Clinic Locations: CNM approved Acupuncturist.

CNM Diplomas: Dip. Acupuncture & Dip. Naturopath (ND).

Accreditation: ANP, ATCM and others.


Become a Qualified Acupuncturist

Come on board and study Acupuncture with the leading training provider. Be rewarded with 2 qualifications, one as and Acupuncturist and another one as a Naturopath (ND) – contact one of our course consultants.

Why study Acupuncture internationally with CNM

  • In-depth, practice-orientated study leading to successful practitioners
  • Excellent up-to-date educational material including filmed lectures
  • 400 hours of clinical practice to become confident in dealing with clients
  • Learn all you need to set up and build a successful, satisfying business
  • Experienced and supportive lecturers who are practitioners themselves
  • Well established college which is widely acknowledged in the world
  • Option to expand your knowledge and take your studies further
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Acupuncture Course - Syllabus

Tongue Diagnosis Map Organs - Year 1 of 3 - Acupuncture Course with CNM

Part 1: Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study & Acupuncture I


The aim of Biomedicine is to get students to understand how the body functions, most common diseases, medical diagnostics, differential diagnostics and red flag symptoms. This way a future practitioner understands medical conditions, especially dangerous conditions and is able to decide what he can treat and when to refer to a specialist.

Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Chiropractors, Osteopaths are not required to take Biomedicine.

  • Medical Terminology and Definitions.
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of all Organ Systems.
  • Infectious Diseases, Allergies and How the Immune System works.
  • Pharmacology, Laboratory, Drug interactions.
  • Diagnostics, Differential diagnostics and Examination methods.
  • Red Flag symptoms, Legal Requirements, When to refer to an expert.

Naturopathy Study


  • Pioneers of Naturopathy, Naturopathic Principles, Healing Power of Nature.
  • Treating the Cause – not the Symptom. How not to Suppress symptoms.
  • The Laws of Cure. Fundamentals of Cure, How the Body can Heal itself.
  • Hydrotherapy: The many cures of Water (external & internal applications).

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

  • The 4 Pillars of TCM Diagnostics (pulse, tongue, face, nails).
  • Acupuncture Channels, their relation to organ functions. Yin - Yang Theory.
  • The Energetics of Food (warming, cooling, dehydrating, moistening).
  • Chinese Diets to strengthen a patients individual constitution.

Naturopathic Nutrition

  • Principals of Naturopathic Nutrition, Micro and Macro Nutrients. The nutritional benefits of different foods with knowledge of macro and micronutrients.
  • How to apply Nutritional Therapy in your practice.
  • Let Food be your Medicine and Medicine be your Food (Hippocrates).
  • Food combination, Superfoods, Various Diets, The CNM Naturopathic Diet. How to make healthy food choices.
  • Specific Foods for particular Ailments, Cooking for Health, Case studies.

First Aid Homeopathy

  • The Laws of Cure, Homeopathic Case taking and Prescription.
  • First Aid Homeopathic Remedies and Applications, Case Studies.

Herbal Medicine

  • Identifying, collecting, drying, storing and preparing herbs. Herbal safety.
  • Application of herbal medicines (internal and external) ​for therapeutic benefits.
  • Herbal formulas and naturopathic treatments for specific diseases.


  • Iridology as a diagnostic tool. Case taking, assessment and diagnosis.
  • Constitutional Iris types, signs and markings in the iris.
  • Using iridology to choose best treatment in Naturopathic practice.

Acupuncture I

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory (online)

  • Filmed lectures, comprehensive handouts, online live tutorials
  • The history and philosophy of Chinese medicine
  • Yin Yang Theory and the Vital Substances Jing, Blood, Fluids, Qi and Shen
  • Causes of disease (climatic factors, emotions, toxins, diet)
  • The organs and channels of Chinese medicine
  • The consultation, tongue and pulse diagnosis

Introduction to Acupuncture Points (online and in-person)

  • Filmed lectures and point location videos, online live tutorials
  • Learn to locate 90 acupuncture points and understand their functions
  • The channels of acupuncture, point categories and their functions
  • In-person point location days

Clinical Observation (online and in-person)

  • Filmed consultations and treatments by CNM lectures
  • Observation in the clinic of a CNM-approved practitioner

Personal and Professional Development (online)

  • Practitioner development & ethics I
  • Research I

Acupuncture meridians face

Naturopathic Principles, Acupuncture II

Naturopathic Principles

  • Naturopathy & Detoxification
  • Bach Flower Therapy
  • Tissue Salts

Acupuncture II

Traditional Chinese Medicine Pathology (online)

  • Filmed lectures, comprehensive handouts, online live tutorials
  • Pathologies, including cardio-vascular, auto immune, digestion, respiration, immunity, injuries, pain reduction, dermatology, mental and emotional, gynaecology, fertility, insomnia, headaches, obstetrics, and paediatrics.

Advanced Acupuncture Points (online and in-person)

  • Filmed lectures and point location videos, online live tutorials
  • Learn to locate 140 acupuncture points and understand their functions
  • Principles of point combinations for an efficient treatment
  • In-person point location days

Practical Techniques (online and in-person)

  • Filmed lectures, online live tutorials
  • Code of Practice and Code of Conduct
  • Needling, cupping, moxa: theory and practice
  • Electro and auricular acupuncture
  • In-person practical techniques days

Clinical Observation (online and in-person)

  • Filmed consultations and treatments by CNM lectures
  • Observations in the clinics of CNM-approved practitioners (sourced by the student)

Personal and Professional Development (online)

  • Practitioner development & ethics II
  • Research II

Acupuncture Treatment on patient

Part 3 Acupuncture III

Acupuncture III

  • Clinical practice and clinic management 
  • Observations in the clinic of two CNM approved practitioners (sourced by the student)
  • Business development, PR and marketing
  • TCM complex diagnosis and assessment
  • Research III: Literature Review 

The main focus of this level is practical application. Students learn how to take cases in clinic and how to see clients under supervision. Part of the course is also clinic management and practitioner development. CNM Students are given all the skills necessary to become successful therapists and to fulfil their goal of helping others.

Acupuncture Course: An introduction

Acupuncture: The Kidney and Bladder

Acupuncture: The heart channel

Acupuncture Course: Study in-class or online

Prerequisites for CNM’s International Acupuncture Course

5 GCSEs or 2 A Levels, or equivalent academic and/or work experience. If you are able to demonstrate previous study or work experience you may apply to gain exemptions from some units. Please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment.

International Acupuncture Course Accreditation

Acupuncture Training

CNM Students are eligible to join the ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) and receive the following benefits:

  • Access to various databases for further research
  • Discounted indemnity insurance for clinical practice
  • Discounts from various companies
  • Reduced fees for special seminars, lectures, master classes, workshops

The (Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture) ATCM is a self-regulated professional organisation founded in 1994 by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners in the UK.

CNM is a member of the BAF, British Acupuncture Federation

Naturopathy Training

Nutrition students who complete the optional Naturopathy Study and Naturopathic Principles courses will receive an additional CNM Diploma in Naturopathy which is accredited by the following Naturopathic Associations:


GNC (General Naturopathic Council) is the regulator for Naturopathy in the UK. The GNC ensure Naturopaths have completed a standard of training and agree to abide by a strict code of conduct and ethics. Graduates are eligible to apply for GNC registration.

ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) The ANP is the largest Association for Naturopathic Nutrition and Naturopathy in the UK and Ireland.

ANP members are widely respected in the industry in Europe and Internationally.

Career Options in Acupuncture

CNM graduates are fully equipped to become successful therapists. Statistics have shown that more than 80% of CNM graduates are practising. To advance therapeutic skills, CNM offers post-graduate courses and additional training.

Further Studies

Students who have completed the Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study, and Naturopathic Practical study units may opt to study the other specialist diploma courses, HomeopathyHerbal Medicine, and Naturopathic Nutrition.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a core element of Chinese Medicine. It is based on the understanding that there is an energy flow in living organisms, which, if blocked, results in diseases. An Acupuncturist resolves this energy flow by placing needles in appropriate Acupuncture points

The power of acupuncture to restore the health of body and mind is increasingly recognised throughout the western world. Acupuncture has an extraordinary ability to change people’s lives.

Acupuncture works on a deep level to help patients recover their physical and mental harmony. Acupuncture is becoming ever more popular in the UK, and opportunities for both independent practice and within the NHS are growing all the time. Acupuncture is viewed very positively by the House of Lords Committee, the British Medical Association, and the World Health Organisation.

What else is in the CNM acupuncture curriculum?

Some of the key subjects you will learn when completing CNM’s naturopathic acupuncture diploma include:

  • Yin Yang theory
  • Causes of diseases
  • Five Elements
  • Eight Principles
  • Meridians
  • Pathology Diagnostic
  • Differential Diagnostic
  • Pulse Diagnostic
  • Tongue Diagnostic
  • Case taking and follow up
  • Point location
  • Needle techniques
  • Cupping
  • Moxibustion
  • Bodywork techniques
  • Qi Kung
  • Respiratory System
  • Urogenital System
  • Digestive System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Pain, Headaches
  • Skin problems
  • Practice management

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