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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.

TCM News and Research

Nepal Barefoot Clinics Week

August 22nd, 2015

Dear Members, With the anniversary of the Nepal earthquake, Nepal has been in the news recently. We thought you might like to know about the Barefoot Clinics project who create free acupuncture clinics and train acupuncturists in Nepal. Below is a letter you can display in your practice if you wish to participate in the […]

Paracetamol, Pain and Acupuncture

April 6th, 2015

Since the arrival of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the West, pain alleviation or relief has been one of the regularly observed benefits of treatment with needles (Acupuncture TCM). A client with a main complain of, say, lower back pain, would, on arrival at the clinic of a PRTCM member, be given a full Chinese Medical diagnosis […]

The PRTCM Is Now in Facebook

April 2nd, 2015

We are pleased to announce the launch of a Facebook page for the PRTCM (The Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine). The PRTCM is the oldest Register of Practitioners of Acupuncture and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in Ireland, founded in 1983. It represents practitioners who are fully qualified in one or more TCM specialist fields: […]


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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