ACMAC is now a Co-operative Community Interest Company!
Registered in England and Wales, Company number 8478903, limited by Guarantee (to be exact). Thank you to Nathaniel Whitestone for all his help in writing the Articles of Incorporation and getting the registration process completed. ACMAC has also just joined Co-operatives UK which can provide support and mentoring as well as connecting us with loads of other UK Co-ops. And the fact that we have incorporated as a Community Interest Company may be beneficial if we were to apply for funding to expand aspects of ACMAC’s work in the future. Not bad eh?
I am in the process of changing over our bank account. This has proven to be an unnecessarily complicated process (nay farcical at times) and I am behind schedule. Oh well. The good news is that we have ended up at The Co-operative Bank which seems appropriate. (I won’t say who ACMAC moved from, who mucked me about… just make sure you don’t try to open a business account with Lloyds TSB. Oops, that popped out…!) Once the new bank account is open all those members who pay their membership fees by Standing Order will be contacted and asked to move over their Standing Order to the new account. If this is you, please please please be as prompt as possible when doing this!
Otherwise, business will carry on as usual. Keep up the great work you are all doing with your clinics. Onwards and upwards! CW.
Balance Method workshops with Dr Richard Tan: 2013 Schedule – with ACMAC discount!
Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan was born in Taiwan where he began his training in classical traditions at an early age. He studied with numerous masters of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, martial arts and philosophy. His personal quest was to find a way to unify the different classical acupuncture traditions. His careful study and analysis of ancient texts led to his discovery of the Balance Method.
He began teaching his method after recognizing that many colleagues in the acupuncture community complained about the lack of clinical results, or the length of time it took to achieve successful outcomes in clinical practice. Yet the classical texts state that the effectiveness of acupuncture should be seen immediately, like the “shadow of a pole standing under the sun.”
Dr. Tan’s unique system is therefore all about yielding instant results for all types of pain, internal disorders, emotional disorders and complex cases. Painful sites are not treated : so the patient can move his joint and feel the relief within seconds. Balance method uses meridian palpation, allowing practitioners to rediscover this ancient and classical way to arrive at an accurate acupuncture diagnosis. Dr. Tan is very generous with his teaching; he reveals his method fully and everything he shares he has perfected through many years of clinical experience.
The quick-thinking process of Dr Tan’s Balance Method is a precious asset for multibed treatments. It is used widely in the US and is becoming more popular in the UK too. Dr Tan wants to support the multibed movement and has offered a 5% discount to ACMAC members only (ACMAC is the only group offered a discount! Don’t forget you can join ACMAC even if you don’t yet have a multibed clinic, and you can then benefit from discounts on events like these, and discounts at Balance Healthcare and other suppliers. See Join ACMAC for more details.) For the London classes you can receive the discount on any day you attend. For all other classes you will need to book the whole 4-day package to receive the discount.
Dr Tan is also keen to revolutionise the way that Chinese Medicine is taught. You will be devising and implementing actual treatments using the methods devised by Dr Tan. There is no pressure, as Dr Tan and his assistant will both be available for guidance and feedback. You will be amazed at how much you will absorb in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
Dr Tan will be teaching the following seminars this year that may be of interest to ACMAC members worldwide:
Please follow the links above to Dr Tan’s Tanwubian website for more details of the 2013 seminars, and to book.
Master Tung’s Acupuncture with Susan Johnson – a rare opportunity!
Many multibed and community acupuncturists favour the methods of Dr Tan and Master Tung, because they utilize distal points (so no need to undress patients, easier to locate) and are famed for their immediate results. Master Tung Ching-Chang has been referred to as “the greatest acupuncture technician who ever lived” and was known to treat large numbers of people in a day.
Teaching of Master Tung’s points is rare in the UK. So check out this opportunity for in-depth, high quality teaching: Oriental Health Seminars is proud to host Susan Johnson’s first visit to the UK & Europe in order to teach Master Tung’s system.
Tung’s Beginning Series of Acupuncture courses are planned for 2013 and will be held over 2 weekends (14th-16th June) and (13th-15th September), 6 days training in total.
This will be a complete teaching by Susan Johnson of all the major Master Tung’s special points, theory and practical applications, with Susan’s insights on the connections between Tung’s Points and the NeiJing.
Venue: PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL, CONFERENCE ROOM
Tel: 0044(0)871 222 0039
Dates: 14th-16th June and 13th-15th September.
Cost: Beginning Series (6 days) – Total Cost if paid in full: £600 (14th-16th June & 13th-15th September 2013)
or pay for each weekend separately
- Each Weekend (3 days): £330. ACMAC members qualify for a discount on the price of the individual weekends. You must quote your ACMAC membership number when enquiring about your discount. For more information on payment, and for a link to enquire about this discount, please click here. For details on how to join ACMAC, click here.
Nature Child: Acupuncture for Gynaecology and Fertility Seminar – with discount for ACMAC members
Taught by: Jani White LicAc MBAcC ACT AFN
This course is a foundation program which covers:
Chinese Medicine – The Art of the Heart
The Biology of Reproduction
The Roll of Stress in Reproduction
Female – menstrual phase treatment using BBT
Male – improving sperm parameters
ART – supporting assisted conception
Times: Register from 9.30 Saturday June 15th – course starts at 10am, through till 5pm
9.30am- 4.30pm Sunday June 16th – 12 hours of CPD!
Venue: Birmingham Community Acupuncture
The Big Peg
Cost: £160 for the 2 days – including all course notes and refreshments. (£10 discount for ACMAC members- please include clinic number on registration email- thank you). Deposit of £50 (non-refundable) and full payment required by cheque no later than 29th May 2013
If you would like to join us please email the following details to Janet Eastwood at:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your contact telephone number
- Your email address
- Your ACMAC membership number to benefit from the discount
Please make your deposit cheque of £50 payable to Janet Eastwood and send it to:
Acupuncture CPD in Brighton: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome & Endometriosis with Jani White
Date Saturday 29 June, Sunday 30 June 2013
Time 10am – 5.00pm/9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost £120 for non ACMAC members, £110 for ACMAC members.
Spaces Max 20
Tutor Jani White
This course is structured to give the practitioner a thorough understanding of PCOS & Endometriosis from both the Chinese and the Western perspectives. Jani White is an expert in obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics, both in western and Chinese medicine and is committed to the practice of integrated East/West medicine.
For more details of the course, all about Jani, and how to book, please CLICK HERE. You will see on the booking form that payment will be taken once the organisers of the course have contacted you. At this time, please say if you are a member of ACMAC and ask for your discount. You will need to give your membership number.
Web solutions by a multibedder, for you – with ACMAC discount!
Yin Yang Hosting is an affordable web solutions enterprise created for the acupuncture community by passionate multi-bed practitioner Sam May (fellow ACMAC and BAcC Member, based at The Natural Health Clinic, Bristol UK), offering a complete range of web services to take care of all your needs – domain name registration/transfers, web hosting, website design and management, and internet marketing.
Sam is offering a 15% DISCOUNT for ACMAC Members on web hosting, design and management services (membership verification required).
For more details please contact Sam or check out the YinYang website:
Look no further for pukka hand-made clinic screens…
A message from Jeremy Marshall, of Lewes Community Acupuncture:
Whilst co-running Lewes Community Acupuncture over the past few years, I have watched our poorly made, mass produced Japanese shoji screens slowly fall apart and need repair.
In answer to this I began to design and make my own screens, and have now created a beautiful 3 panel folding screen. These pine screens are handmade, very sturdy, and can handle the constant packing up and down that comes with multibed use. The material is double stitched for strength, and lets enough light through to maintain the natural light in the room, yet provides a sense of intimacy and personal space around each couch. They sell for £155 each to non-ACMAC members, or £145 to ACMAC members, and various delivery options are available. Contact me for details.
I also have a couple of other designs in the pipeline, including a properly made Japanese shoji screen. The idea with these screens is to provide a quality product that will last for a long time and not need repair or replacing in a few years time.
I have also been busy repairing couches for various clinics over the past few years and would like to offer ACMAC members this service as well. Often when we set up multibed clinics and buy several couches, cost is the only consideration. Most however, are poorly designed and constructed (often in China!) and can’t really handle the constant setting up and down required in our clinics.
So if you have any broken couches, please send me a photo and I may be able to fix it: it may be cheaper than having to buy a new couch. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention!
You can contact Jeremy Marshall at email@example.com or on 07929742243.
YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU!
ACMAC is looking to add new members to our team of Advocates. Our Advocates are enthusiastic ACMAC members who go to colleges, other organizations, meet with groups like midwives, nurses, etc – whoever want or need to hear the message that multibed practice is an effective, efficient, rewarding and equitable mode of providing acupuncture.
We would particularly like to engage more with students and colleges, as we feel that it is important that both Faculty and students understand that multibed practice is a great option for students from the time they graduate.
You must be a practitioner in an ACMAC clinic, but it’s okay if you are just starting out. We want your enthusiasm and we will provide teaching materials, key themes, photos, etc to help you out. Think of Advocacy as an important but enjoyable role; it will not be onerous or take up too much of your time. Depending on the requirements of colleges and other interested parties, you might be presenting in an informal or formal manner, and you may get just your expenses paid, or be paid for your time too (we would request the latter where possible).
Advocates might also like to write press releases and/or be in contact with the BacC and other acupuncture organizations. You might also like to do all sorts of other things that we haven’t thought of yet.
If you would like to be an ACMAC advocate, please get in touch with Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org.