Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

BMAS Acupuncture Foundation Course

by Garreth

The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) is a registered charity initially formed in 1980 as an association of medical practitioners interested in acupuncture. Since 2002, membership has been open to most regulated healthcare professionals. There are now over 2000 members who use acupuncture in primary or secondary care settings.


The BMAS promotes the use of acupuncture as a therapy following orthodox medical diagnosis. It seeks to enhance the education and training of suitably qualified practitioners, and to promote high standards of working practices in acupuncture among such practitioners, by means of tests, examinations, and accreditation procedures.

Foundation Course acupuncture training is offered to healthcare professionals who are regulated by statute in the UK or country in which they practice. This includes doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, health visitors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and podiatrists. 

The Foundation Course is a mixture of lectures and practical group sessions. Group sizes are kept to a max of 12. In the initial stages of training the emphasis is on safety and all attendees will be observed by experienced medical acupuncturists to ensure a safe needling technique. Teaching on the Foundation Course is based on scientific explanations of acupuncture as far as possible, but it also involves some traditional Chinese concepts.

The course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, 100 needles, access to the BMAS Points Resource and refreshments throughout the course.

We also offer Refresher days, Intermediate short courses to enhance practical skills and Supplementary days for experienced practitioners who wish to refresh their knowledge in a wide range of topics including Back Pain, Headache, Electro acupuncture, Palliative Care, Self-Acupuncture & Women’s Health. Courses are open to BMAS members and non-members.

The annual Autumn Scientific meeting is due to be held on Saturday 29 October 2016 at the Royal College of Practitioners in London.

Speakers include:
Jorge Vas – on fibromyalgia
Kien Trinh – on back pain treatments

To book this meeting and courses go to or telephone 01606 786782.

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