Courses for Chinese medicine practitioners & students



“Over the years, we have benefitted immensely from being able to do repeated clinical observations with experienced Chinese medicine practitioners, for example at the Alternative Clinic, USA (the teaching clinic of the Association for Traditional Studies, with Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head) or the Tuina wards of the Zhejiang Hospital of Chinese medicine, China. 

As we appreciate time and costs mean this is not available to everyone, we run CPD events and programmes, to help spread the knowledge that we have gained abroad. Our wish is to raise the standard of practice of Chinese medicine here by passing on our knowledge to practitioners in the UK. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our experience with you!” – Conny and Zarig


Clinical Skills Training Summit – July 2019 – Italy

Andrew Nugent-Head’s Association for Traditional Studies is running a Clinical Skills Training Summit in Italy this July. This is a great opportunity to learn and refine practical skills (palpation, needling, bodywork, etc). It is open to new participants as well as to practitioners who have done previous training with them. Zarig and I will be there for the full 5 days to train and assist – would be great to see you there!

Full details are here.



1. Essential Ah Shi skills for the clinic: 3-day CPD course

**This course is now full. Email us at to register your interest for future courses.**

Ah Shi treatment is often poorly taught on acupuncture courses, if it is taught at all. This is a great shame, as it is an essential aspect of acupuncture. When done correctly, it can yield significant results remarkably quickly, often in just one or two sessions – even for chronic conditions. Ah Shi treatment, as taught to us by Andrew Nugent-Head, is the bulk of physical treatment that we do. Most of our referrals at Yi Dao Clinic come from successful Ah Shi work, and we are now also getting GP referrals for physical conditions from it.

This course was set up as we hope to spread the usage of high-quality Ah Shi work in the UK. At the end of it, participants will have the understanding and skill to perform simple Ah Shi treatments and start building up experience of using this remarkable way of treating.

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2. Clinical observations:

At Yi Dao Clinic we regularly accept student/practitioner observers. This is a great way for our course participants to see the material in real practice, or for new observers to get a feeling for what we do, and to experience spending some time in a busy, established practice.

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3. Herb Tasting sessions:

Every Monday lunchtime, we hold herb tasting sessions for practitioners/students of Chinese herbal medicine. Led by Conny Cooper, these sessions help participants to develop the palate of a classical herbalist by tasting and assessing herbs from our raw herb dispensary.

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