Video: why study paediatric acupuncture?



"This course has succeeded in giving me the knowledge and confidence I needed to treat babies, toddlers and teens.  For anyone who wants to treat children with acupuncture, I can’t recommend this course enough to you.   Rebecca is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had."  (Olivia)


"I am delighted that I made the decision to take this course.  It is both informative and practical.  Different treatment techniques are covered throughout the course with observation of children and treatments in class.  It is absolutely rewarding to see how well they respond to treatments.  I would definitely recommend this course to everyone who wants to be fluent and confident in treating children." (Albina)


"I am currently half way through the course but already feel much more confident in treating children.  In addition to an improved general understanding of paediatric treatment, I have learned a number of treatment modalities as alternatives to needles; the result of which is my younger patients trust me and enjoy the treatment. The course is very well organised and delivered and is very informative. I thoroughly recommend it." (Alla)


"It a wonderfully informative and supportive course that has given me the confidence I needed to start treating children. It is also enormously enjoyable."(Deborah)


"The course is extremely well delivered and has helped me improve as a practitioner." (Karina)


"The course is very well-structured with lots of practical advice and guidance.  It has taught me to understand and treat babies and children of all ages."  (Alina)


"A really interesting and informative course, delivered in a relaxed and supportive environment." (Penny)



A comprehensive course for practitioners of acupuncture designed to enable you to feel confident to effectively treat babies, children and teenagers.

This in-depth course will address why children become ill and how to diagnose and treat them.  We will look at treatment to support the physical and emotional well-being of children, as well as how to treat many common childhood conditions.  Both needling and non-insertive methods of treatment will be covered.

Each day will contain both theory and practice.  Teaching methods will include patients in class, videos and photos.  You will be given written materials to support all lectures, as well as homework assignments. There will also be a written, case history based exam on the final day.  The homework assignments and exam will count towards completing the course.


The course will include:

  • Diagnostic methods specific to paediatrics
  • Needle technique and the use of laser pens
  • Paediatric tui na and shonishin (Japanese non-invasive paediatric techniques)
  • 5 Element diagnosis and treatment of children
  • Traditional and contemporary causes of disease in babies, children and teenagers
  • Differentiation and treatment of a wide range of physical ailments commonly seen in the paediatric clinic, e.g. gastro-intestinal and respiratory disorders, headaches, bedwetting, eczema
  • Differentiation and treatment of ‘modern’ conditions seen in children and teenagers such as chronic fatigue syndrome and food allergies
  • Differentiation and treatment of a wide range of psycho-emotional ailments commonly seen in the paediatric clinic, such as anxiety and depression, ADHD, eating disorders
  • The practicalities of working with children and their families
  • Red flags and other salient points from western medicine paediatrics


Dates and cost:

The course is £2,400 and there is an early bird discount of £150 if you pay fees in full by 25th July 2019.  £100 non refundable application fee secures a place on the course and is offset against the fees. 


The course runs from 10.00-17.00.


Day 1: Wednesday 9th October 2019

Day 2: Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Day 3: Wednesday 13th November 2019

Day 4: Wednesday 4th December 2019

Day 5: Wednesday 15th January 2020

Day 6: Wednesday 29th January 2020

Day 7: Wednesday 12th February 2020

Day 8: Wednesday 4th March 2020

Day 9: Wednesday 25th March 2020

Day 10: Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Day 11: Wednesday 6th May 2020

Day 12: Wednesday 13th May 2020

Day 13: Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Day 14: Wednesday 17th June 2020

Day 15: Wednesday 1st July 2020


Entry Requirements

A recognised qualification in acupuncture.  Pre-reading will be suggested for those who have not studied either five element or TCM as both are covered on the course. 

How to apply

Download an application here and email to Karen Starr To pay the £100 application fee please click here.


Rebecca Avern (course director and principal teacher)

Rebecca is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor and teaching clinic director at CICM.  Soon after qualifying in 2001, she spent 4 years working alongside and assisting Giovanni Maciocia in the writing of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine.  In 2012, she founded an acupuncture centre for the treatment of children in Oxford – the Panda clinic.  She teaches paediatrics at undergraduate and post-graduate level.  She is the author of the textbook Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers, which was published by Singing Dragon in 2018.


Danny Blyth (teacher)

Danny practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on adults and children in Cheltenham.  Graduating from CICM in 1998, he has post-graduate diplomas in Chinese language (Mandarin), Chinese herbal medicine, academic practice (PGCAP), and a certificate in paediatric acupuncture from Julian Scott.  He has undertaken further studies at Guangdong second provincial Chinese medicine hospital, and clinical training with Ken Lloyd over a seven year period.  He has taught acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition at graduate and post-graduate level since 2001, and taichi and qigong since 1995.  


Lynn Diskin (Conventional medicine teacher)

Lynn is a mother of two, has worked in paediatrics for nearly 20 years and has been a consultant paediatrician in Bath since 2013.  She manages children with a range of general paediatric problems in both acute and outpatient settings and specialises in managing young people with diabetes and renal problems.  She is a firm believer in acupuncture and has seen its benefits on her own children.


Julian Scott (guest teacher)

Julian has been treating children for 40 years.  He first qualified at ICOM and then studied further in China.  He is the author of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Children, which transformed the perception and practice of paediatric acupuncture in the West.  He has co-founded children’s clinics in England, Israel and the USA.  He lectures on paediatrics as well as other topics internationally.