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


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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
  • This may help LINK

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


Reference Points

This video shows Jamie locating and needing points at the elbow and wrist. This is useful at this stage of the course because these are the points we need to learn first in order to measure the arm. They 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

Important Note

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


When you have enrolled there will be a mini quiz for you to check your knowledge and some further information about our advanced course etc. Further modules will come available each month on the portal as the course progresses (you will be supplied with a log in and password).