TCM Practitioners Study in Shanghai


In the UK, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complementary health service and is not provided within the NHS. However, in China, TCM is one of their greatest treasures and the Chinese pride themselves on delivering Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine as mainstream healthcare. As we have vast differences in environment, practitioners in the UK have very little opportunity to experience a fast-paced TCM hospital with hundreds of patients being treated every day. For this reason, we decided to set up the Shanghai Study Trip to give practitioners this opportunity.

Images courtesy of Rosemary Lillie

We’re lucky enough to have a great working relationship with the Shanghai University of TCM who have helped us organise this fantastic trip year on year. So once again, we’ll be visiting their campus, the College of Acupuncture and Tuina and their partner hospitals, to give you the best TCM experience possible.

Each year, we arrange the trip to give students as much exposure to different topics and departments as possible. Students will be able to learn classic and special needling techniques; moxibustion techniques; Qi Gong; how to treat complicated diseases with acupuncture and herbal medicine i.e. neurological conditions, autoimmune diseases, cancer support, male and female fertility, and much more.


And of course, we always make time for sight-seeing! Shanghai is a spectacular metropolitan city, with plenty of stunning historical sites, such as the famous Yu Garden, City God Temple of Shanghai and not to mention the breathtaking Shanghai skyline.

Dining out in Shanghai is also fairly inexpensive so you can eat Shanghainese Xiao Long Bao till your heart’s content!

Shanghainese Xiao Long Bao

Here’s what previous students had to say:

“I was very fortunate to recently attend a 2-week study trip to Shanghai organised by Phoenix Academy. This was a unique opportunity to observe treatment practices in Shanghai, and to meet practitioners in their place of work. We saw everything from acupuncture analgesia in theatre, to bloodletting on a grand scale. We were overwhelmed with the welcome of the various clinicians who allowed us to observe their practice and also the friendliness of the locals. I certainly felt that I had learnt a great deal from this trip, and wish to thank Prof. Zhang and George He who looked after us so well.” – Rosemary Lillie

“Overall it was a brilliant trip, full of experience and excitement. I was astonished to see operations under acupuncture without anaesthesia. The clinic experience was amazing, the skills of the doctors and the patient turnout was remarkable. I highly recommend this trip.” – Noor-Ul-Sabah Rehman

“I am now practising as an acupuncturist in London and it is all thanks to the training that Phoenix organised at Shanghai District Hospital. If I had not had the training with Dr Huang I would not have the confidence to practice and it is all down to you. A belated thank you very much.” – Sue Baille

Sound exciting?

We’re running a trip this October 15th to the 28th 2017 and we’re taking bookings up until the end of August – so be quick!! Visit the Shanghai trip website or call the team on (+44) 01245 350822.

Can’t make it this time around?

Not to worry, we’ll be running it again next October! Please send us an email to register your place via

Study in Shanghai


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