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The PRTCM is an Irish-based professional body founded in 1983 to promote and protect the professional interests and medical standards of fully qualified practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine throughout Ireland and in the UK, thereby to foster the highest quality of TCM health-care for the public.

It was the first such professional body in Ireland whose members are recognised, for the provision of Acupuncture treatments, by VHI Healthcare, Quinn Health, Aviva and the other principal health insurance providers.

This site is designed to provide members of the public with the information they require to select a fully qualified and fully insured practitioner of Acupuncture TCM or, indeed, one of the other TCM therapy options such as Chinese Herbal Medicine or Medical Qigong.

Details about each of the main TCM therapies is provided, as well as information about finding a practitioner, making an appointment, and attending for treatment.

What is Acupuncture TCM?

Acupuncture is part of an ancient and sophisticated form of medical treatment called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which originated in China but has increasingly spread throughout the world.

It is important to realise that acupuncture is only a part of Chinese medicine - to imagine that Acupuncture is TCM is as mistaken as to imagine that, say, surgery is western medicine.


Is it safe, is it effective?

In the hands of a fully qualified professional practitioner the use of acupuncture TCM is effective, entirely safe and free of any harmful side-effects. It has stood the test of time over thousands of years and has not been found wanting.

It is safe to say that there is no sick person who cannot be helped by TCM. The extent of this help will depend on a number of considerations.


Who and What can be treated?

There is no limitation in terms of age, sex, or condition regarding acupuncture treatment. The very young or the extremely old can be treated.

The scope and range of ailments amenable to TCM care is enormous. It treats people who complain of a deficiency or break down in their health. It can focus on physical, psychological, emotional or even spiritual disorders with equal effect.


TCM News and Research

26 Feb 2013 Review suggests acupuncture is an effective treatment for gout

Arthritis Research UK cites a research originally published in the journal Rheumatology, where colleagues at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea analysed the results of ten different randomised controlled trials involving 852 gout patients to come to the conclusion. article

13 Dec 2012 Charity cites acupuncture success in treating addiction

BBC reports that a lottery-funded scheme in Wiltshire has helped more than 600 people cope with drug addiction using acupuncture. Kevin McAlpine, from the New Highway charity, said: "What we've seen is that it makes a significant difference with stress and being able to cope with cravings from withdrawal." article

9th Sept 2012 Acupuncture does help for Chronic Pain

MedPage Today staff writer Nancy Walsh reviews a recent meta-analysis conducted for the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration. The author notes that that in this meta-analysis, investigators found a statistically significant benefit of acupuncture for relief of chronic pain due to a variety of causes when compared with both sham controls and usual-care controls. article

Did you know...?Acupuncture

... That Traditional Chinese Medicine is the most widely utilized healing system on this planet, and one of the oldest practicing forms of medicine known to date?

... That acupuncture's use for certain conditions has been endorsed by the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the United States National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization.

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