Books and DVD’s Recommended for the HAC Course
These are acupuncture books to complement the course and broaden your study. You will probably need to spend between £100-300 on books and equipment. You do not need to purchase all this before you start. We recommend at least a good TCM text book, a five elements book and a points book as detailed below. Sometimes you can find these books secondhand but they hold their prices quite well.
Materials, you will need:
2, A book on 5E acupuncture like “The Handbook of Five Element Practice” by Franglen or “Five element constitutional acupuncture” by Hicks/Mole
3, An acupuncture points book like “A Practical Guide To Acu-Points” by Jarmey & Bouratinos or “The Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture: An Illustrated Manual of Acupuncture Points”.
If you like to access things by smartphone current students are finding the i-phone app from JCM (The Journal of Chinese Medicine) very good because it includes video and information about points.
Video is also useful “How to locate Acupuncture Points” – The Definitive DVD by Silence Speaks.
Needles, Lengths: 13mm, 25mm, (0.20 gauge) 40mm (0.25 gauge) approx, Small Sharps box, BP tester (not essential but a good idea), Cotton Wool Balls & Medi Swabs, Massage Oil, Towel, White Coat (not essential) 2 Glass cups + tongs, Folders & forms for keeping patient records/pen.
The college will provide some needles and other essentials at the earlier stages of the course so there is no need to purchase anything yet.
ACI/Cun (Newman) point locator tool is very useful, this may be available from the suppliers below.
Here are some of the firms we use for acupuncture supplies
Dulwich Acupuncture: http://www.dulwichacupuncture.com/
Other Resources to Consider are
“Meridian Style Acupuncture” – Pirog.
5 Element / Worsley Style acupuncture books:
“Law of the 5 Elements Wall Chart” – Worsley
“A Manual of Acupuncture” (TCM) – Deadman/Mazin/Baker (approx £75) Points cards are also available.
“The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine” – Jarrett: some find this too flowery but I really like it, a great blend of TCM/5E & more. Good on the major 5E blocks to treatment too.
“Insights of a Senior Acupuncturist” (TCM) – Miriam Lee: Great book, how to treat everything with just 5 points!
“Auriculotherapy Manual” – Olson: The best ear acupuncture book, Chart also available.