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Anatomy model.

ICTCM House.

ICTCM College and Clinical Premises in Dublin.


The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The ICTCM is a specialist College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, running programmes in:

Full details of each of the programmes is available on the Course Information pages devoted to each of the specialist subject areas.

Teaching and Clinical staff

All teaching staff are fully qualified and insured TCM practitioners. The senior College staff are qualified teachers with decades of experience teaching adult students in Ireland and beyond, who have spent time in China working in large city hospitals with some of the most experienced and famous Chinese teachers in the whole of the People's Republic. Clinical Supervisory staff are fully qualified and insured practitioners of TCM, with their own busy and successful Clinical practices.

All Staff, clinical and academic, have their own interests and specialisms within the broad field of TCM and are happy to share their expertise with their students.

The ICTCM was founded in 1983 by the Director, Thomas J Shanahan, a native of Roosky, County Roscommon. With nearly 40 years of clinical practice, Professor Shanahan is one of the most qualified and experienced TCM practitioners in Europe. In January 2004 he was appointed as a Consulting Professor of TCM with the International Department of Guangzhou University of TCM. He is the first Irishman to be appointed to such a post, in recognition of his years of experience in, and commitment to, TCM.

He brings this experience to his teaching and Clinical Director roles and provides specialist seminars for staff and graduates.

» Specialist Qigong Staff

« Specialist Qigong Staff

All the Medical Qigong programmes run by the College are under the auspices of the late Professor Xia Shuangquan who was the Honorary President of the Qigong Department of the ICTCM. In addition to being a renowned Master of Medical Qigong he also held the post of Professor of Medical Qigong at Guangzhou University of TCM, Guangzhou, China - one of the leading TCM Universities in China.

Since 2006 the Medical Qigong Programmes have been overseen by Professor Song Xinhong, the current Honorary President of the Qigong Department of the ICTCM, and the head of the Medical Qigong Department at Guangzhou University of TCM.

All the teaching staff of the Medical Qigong Department at the ICTCM have been personally taught Medical Qigong by both Professor Xia Shuangquan and Professor Song Xinhong in Guangzhou, China. These staff also teach, time permitting, the Open Workshops in Health-promoting Qigong.


At appropriate intervals, certain distinguished visiting lecturers are invited by the Director of the ICTCM to give a guest lecture. This forms part of the CPD commitment of the ICTCM and reflects the broad range of affiliations which the ICTCM enjoys.


The College and the Teaching Clinic

The ICTCM comprises a purpose-built and planned College and TCM training Clinic. There is a suite of dedicated seminar and lecture rooms in which the theoretical teaching of all the courses is undertaken.

These adjoin the College's Teaching Clinic consisting of a set of purpose-designed clinical treatment rooms and a patient/client reception and waiting area.

A student refreshment area is also provided.

Location and Transport

The main academic premises, ICTCM House, is centrally located in Dublin 3 a short distance from the 3Arena Dublin (formerly Point Depot) near Dublin's developing Port area. The ICTCM is easily accessible via the Dublin Port Tunnel, the East Link Bridge and the infra-structure of roads leading to all parts of Ireland.

There are excellent road and coach links to Dublin Airport for students coming in by air from other parts of Ireland, the UK and Europe. The Luas line, and coaches and buses to the Airport, all run from the 3Arena Dublin and Dublin Bus service runs from in front of the college.

On request, successful applicants will receive further information about transport links and accommodation in the area.

Free on-street parking is usually available outside the college.

Course Information


  • Licentiate in Acupuncture TCM
  • Postgraduate

  • Masters Degree in TCM
  • Doctoral Degree in TCM
  • Medical Qigong
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Open Courses

  • Health Giving Qigong

  • Teachers assisting students with anatomy and locating acupuncture points.

    Teachers assisting students with anatomy and locating acupuncture points.

    Good understanding of anatomy is essential for the future acupuncturists.

    Good understanding of anatomy is essential for the future acupuncturists.

    Model depicting acupuncture points on a dog.

    Dogs too have acupuncture points.