The Healing & Acupuncture College Course - Module One

Introduction with Jamie Hedger,

College Founder.

A list of books and materials is available with the final video at the end of the course.

Module One

There is a complete guide to the first module at the bottom of this page.

To read a blog post/discussion to accompany these videos:

The Organs (also known as Officials in CM)

  • The Heart (Fire Element) is the official within, where your spirit resides. It represents the palace of the emperor within you, the most special and sacred place from where the emperor can radiate love.
  • The Pericardium is the protector of the Heart.
  • The Spleen (Earth element) as assisted by the Stomach. They are the officials in charge of the process of transforming (food) and transporting (nourishment) around the body/empire, so as to make sure there is energy to function on a daily basis.
  • The Lungs & Colon (Metal) The officials in charge of respiration, receiving and letting go. This helps define reality, time and space.
  • The Kidney, assisted by Bladder (Water) Resources, energy, potential, the blueprint, DNA, source.
  • The Liver (Wood) Planning and decisions, protection, defence, changes, Gallbladder, The Livers assistant, courage and action.

The Concept of Qi (Energy)


If acupuncture is about any one thing than its Qi (energy). In the East Qi is taken seriously which is why you will see groups of people in the parks cultivating their Qi with exercises like TaiQi and QiGong. Although there are different types of acupuncture and various theoretical perspectives most agree about Qi.

Measuring The Body & Locating Acupuncture Points


Anatomical terms

  • Superior – Above
  • Inferior – Below
  • Posterior – Behind
  • Anterior – In front of
  • Lateral – Away from the centre (ie sideways rather than above/below)
  • Medial – Towards the centre (sideways)
  • Distal – Away from (a point of reference or the centre of the body)
  • Proximal – Towards/nearer to (a point of reference or the centre of the body)
  • Also:
  • Planter surface – Bottom of the foot
  • Palmer surface – Palm of hand
  • Dorsum/Dorsal – Back of hand or foot

Bones and terms that are useful to know

  • Femur – Thigh bone
  • Tibia – Larger bone of the lower leg
  • Fibula – Smaller bone of the lower leg on the lateral side
  • Patella – kneecap
  • Tarsals – Bones of the foot
  • Phalanges – Fingers and toes
  • Metatarsals – Bones of the hand
  • Knee crease – The articulation between the Femur and Tibia on the lateral and medial side
  • Malleolus – The ankle bone on the medial and lateral side
  • Sternum – Breastbone
  • Ziphoid – On the bottom of the sternum hence, Ziphi-Sternal notch (between them)
  • Symphysis Pubis – Where pubic bones of pelvis join
  • Humerous – Upper arm bone
  • Radius – Forearm bone
  • Ulna – The other one
  • Epicondyle – Lump on the end of the Humerous
  • Styloid process – Lump on bone, the radius has one
  • Foramen – Hole
  • Sacrum – Large bone at base of spine, has foramen in it
  • Spinus processes – Bones with “wings” that make up the spine
  • Clavicle – Collar bone
  • Cranium – Skull
  • Hyloid – small bone in throat

For example a point: Gb34 – At the junction of lines drawn anterior and inferior to the head of the fibula. So the point is below and in front of the head of the fibula.

Cun – ACI = Anatomical Chinese Inch. This is a variable measurement relative to the size of the body. But everyone has the same number of cun. For example, it is 15 cun from my medial malleolus (medial so it’s on the inside of the leg) to my medial knee crease. But its also 15 cun on my 5 yr old daughter and 15 cun on a 7ft baseball player.

Key measurements

  • Medial Malleolus to knee crease 15 cun
  • Lateral Malleolus to knee crease 16 cun
  • Medial side (inside) of the forearm from wrist point to elbow crease 12 cun
  • Lateral side (outside) of the forearm from wrist point to the tip of the epicondyle of the humerus 12 cun
  • Superior border (top) of the symphysis pubis (pubic bone) to the umbilicus (belly button) 5 cun
  • Umbilicus to the ziphi-sternal notch (Ren 16) 8 cun
  • Abdominal midline to spleen line 4 cun lateral
  • Abdominal midline to Stomach line 2 cun lateral
  • Abdominal midline to Kidney line 0.5cun lateral
  • The midline of the chest to nipple 4 cun
  • The midline of the chest to acromion process (tip of the shoulder) 8 cun
  • Posterior midline (Du Channel on spine) to outer bladder line 4 cun (or 3 depends upon source but the actual distance is the same)
  • Posterior midline to inner bladder line 2 cun (or 1.5 depends upon source)
  • Lateral knee crease to head of greater trochanter on upper leg 19 cun

The diagram on this page LINK shows the Ren (CV) in the middle, then the Kidney at 0.5 cun, the Stomach at 2 cun and the Spleen at 4 cun.


Reference Points on the Wrist

These points are all on the Yin channels on the medial side (inside) of the arm. It is 12 cun from PC7 at the wrist to PC3 at the elbow crease. 12 Cun from Ht7 at the wrist to Ht 3 at the elbow crease and 12 cun from Lu9 at the wrist to Lu5 at the elbow crease.

Although the differences between these measurements are actually very small (i.e. you could get away with measuring your 12 cun from PC7 to PC3 and using it to measure for HT points) it is important to always be aware of the pathway of the meridian you are working on and measure accordingly.

Points at the wrist


Setting Intention

We will supply you with a starter pack of needles – no need to buy any before you start

We use Te-Wa Needles the plastic handled ones with guide tube are “J Type”

Purple – PJ2540 – 0.25x40mm (0.25 thick by 40mm long – excluding the handle)

Blue – PJ2030 – 0.20x30mm

Red – PJ 1615 – 0.16x15mm (or alternative TeWa metal silver handled needle 0.20x15mm)

Orange – Detox – 0.20x7mm

Occasionally we will use other kinds of needle such as longer ones or ones with metal handles but these standard sizes will be all you need 99% of the time. We share our students concerns about plastics but we have to balance these with patients concerns about health and safety and the ease of verification that pre steralized needles provide. We do our best to recycle the guide tubes and packaging whenever possible.

Available from Scarboroughs Acupuncture Supplies: Use our discount code HAC.

Te-Wa are a good quality lower cost copy of Sierin Needles. Sierin are generally regarded as the best quality acupuncture needle available.


We do not recommend that you start needling anyone until you have had practical supervision and have completed modue 2 on clean needle techniques and safety. At that point in the course you will also be able to purchase student insurance enabling you to practice with security.

Introduction to Cupping


3 Styles of Cupping

Cupping is not unique to Chinese Medicine but most acupuncturists learn about it as part of their training. In this video we demonstrate the “pump up” style of cupping and the traditional “fire cupping” technique and also using oil and sliding the cups around. There are however several other types:

  • Dry cupping: In this style of cupping, a vacuum is created in the cup by heating the air inside it or using a mechanical suction pump. The cups are then placed on specific points on the skin, where they remain for several minutes
  • Wet cupping: Also known as hijama, this style of cupping involves making small incisions on the skin before placing the cups. The suction created by the cups draws out a small amount of blood, which is believed to promote healing.
  • Fire cupping: In this style of cupping, the cups are heated with a flame before being placed on the skin. The heat creates a vacuum inside the cup, which pulls the skin and underlying tissues upward. The cups may be left in place for several minutes or moved around on the skin.
  • Moving cupping: This style of cupping involves applying oil or lotion to the skin before placing the cups. The cups are then moved around on the skin, creating a massage-like effect. This can help to improve circulation and promote relaxation.
  • Needle cupping: This style of cupping involves placing small acupuncture needles into the skin before placing the cups over the needles. This can help to stimulate the acupuncture points and promote healing.
  • There is also a style called Flash Cupping which we will not cover. Its a specialised technique usually using bamboo cups. This (poor quality) video shows it: LINK
  • Safety: Cupping is generally quite safe but the following should be observed:
  • Cupping often makes marks, sometimes red and sometimes purple, these can take up to a week to go away. Warn patients about this and do not leave cups on too long.
  • When cupping with oil it is best not to use nut oils, some people have allergies to nuts.
  • Take care with fire cupping, be especially aware of the fact that the lighted splint could light hair or flammable clothing
  • Do not use cupping (except when using a special “flash cupping” technique) on people who are very weak or depleted.
  • Do not cup over wounds, broken skin, active moles or highly sensitive areas.
  • Cupping has two main uses, expelling pathogens and promoting the movement of Qi. It is often used at the onset of a cold to help the lungs to expell a pathogen before it penetrates deeper into the body.
  • Cupping also helps to break up phlegm in the lungs and promote movement and clearing. So it will relieve stiff muscles and stuck blood and Qi. It is useful for stiff backs, stiff necks, stiff shoulders etc. Some people believe it is also an effective treatment for cellulite on the legs.

The Healing & Acupuncture College Online +16 Course

Normal Hours are:  Sat 10am – 4.30pm  Sun 9.30am – 4pm

Attending weekends take place once a month during term time.

Venue: WELL Bath Woolley Ln, Bath BA1 8DN

Current Dates LINK

Essential Books & Course Materials:

The Foundations of Chinese Medicine – Maciocia. The first edition with a silver cover is best and will work with our page/chapter references in each module. But the later edition has all the same information. Sometimes e-bay is a good source for second hand acupuncture books.

The Handbook of Five Element Practice – Franglen (First edition is better)

A Manual of Acupuncture – Deadman, Al-Khafaji, Baker – Or the phone app (on AppStore) Or See: JCM

ACI Locator tool: (we are looking for a new supplier) It may be available here or here


Module 1 Guide

This is a guide to help you learn all that is required to complete the module and direct you to the required reading and study goals.

Introduction to the course – purchase the required materials and be familiar with the format and requirements.

Measuring – Have an understanding of the way in which we measure the body for point location, know key landmarks and points for measuring, understand the concept of “cun” and be prepared for practical application of the techniques. We will measure the arms, legs and abdomen at this stage.

Theory – Understand the key concepts of Yin and Yang, 5 Elements, the Shen and Co cycles and causes and patterns of disease as contained within the reading materials and video’s.

Assignments: There are three short assignments to be completed before graduation. These are in modules 2, 4 and 8

Anatomy & Physiology: If you need more information about the Anatomy & Physiology for this course or feel that you need to study it before you join us see: LINK

Reading – In addition to watching the videos and reading the online content please read the following from your set materials:

Foundations of Chinese Medicine

  • Chapter 1 – Yin & Yang
  • Chapter 2 – The Five Elements
  • Chapter 15 – The Causes of Disease
  • Chapter 17 – Identification of Patterns
  • Chapter 18 – Identification of Patterns According to the Eight Principles
  • Chapter 19 – Identification of Patterns According to Qi – Blood -Body Fluids
  • Chapter 20 – Identification of Patterns According to Internal Organs

5E Handbook

  • Read about Shen and Co (or Ke) cycle, concept of transfers.

Note about this: In the past I have had students who feel overwhelmed by the material and that they “can never learn it all” Please don’t be too hard on yourself. Just read the set material, remember what you can, and chill. We will revisit themes continuously throughout this course. Each person will find their own way and for some this will mean that they retain a lot of the academic content. Others (like me) will work to get a really good grasp of the basics. Remember that – To be a master you must master the basics.

For enrolled students the end of module test/quiz is formative and to assist your learning. If you get a low score this is absolutley fine (we wont know) and it will help you to clarify where your strengths or lack of understandings are.

Points Book or App

  • Look at diagrams showing the cun measurements on the body.
  • Review and look at the locations of these points PC7, Ht7, Lu9, PC3, Ht3, Lu5 (videos above).
  • Familiarise yourself with landmarks such as knee creases, malleoli and points shown in the videos.
  • This website has diagrams showing all the cun measurements on the body LINK.

Student Membership of the AA (£25) is something we recommend and a document to go with your application is provided later.

On the first weekend attending days we will:

  • Say hello’s, welcome.
  • Start to learn the “Running Meridians” exercise. This is where we trace the pathways of the meridians on our body.
  • Practice measuring the body, looking at body landmarks and marking the landmark points as listed above, use anatomical terms. We will measure the arms, legs and abdomen as you have seen in the videos.
  • Look at needles, gauges, sizes, open packets, practice handling needles and needing into a pad.
  • Discuss/revise Shen and Co cycles.
  • Do a short Qi development and visualisation exercise.
  • You can see & download the Lesson Plan – Once enrolled

When you have enrolled you will be able to do a mini quiz to check your knowledge. There is also a lesson plan and some further information. New modules will come available each month on the portal as the course progresses (you will be supplied with a log in and password).

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