STUDY HERBS … OR BE SWEPT DOWNSTREAM!?

There’s a Chinese proverb that says: ‘studying is like sailing against the current: a boat must forge ahead or it will be swept downstream’.

If you’re a qualified acupuncturist and feel like you’re treading water, that you want to offer your patients something different, or simply want to learn more and stand out from the crowd – then studying ‘Herbs’ at the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) is the perfect way to progress your career.

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HAVE YOURSELF A … HEALTHY CHRISTMAS DINNER!

Clarissa Nolan graduated from the Northern College of Acupuncture with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Therapy in 2016.  In this blog post, Clarissa takes a look at the traditional Christmas dinner, and gives us some insight into having a healthier Xmas…

I love Christmas! And I love all the preparation for it – writing to people I sometimes only write to once a year, decorating the tree and making spiced orange pomanders with the children, singing in carol services, making Christmas crackers, getting together with family and friends, working out where guests will sleep, wrapping presents – the list goes on! And, of course, all the cooking, baking and food preparation, savouring the tastes and smells of Christmas…

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CELEBRATING WORLD ACUPUNCTURE DAY

As you may – or may not! know – it’s World Acupuncture Day (WAD) on November 15 (pictured are the next generation of acupuncturists – our  Year One Weekday BSc students holding up their globes!).

For anyone wanting to find out much more about this initiative – including details about the official conference taking place in Paris! – please do visit the WAD site.

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TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!

If the old adage is to be believed then, ‘two heads are better than one’ … and that’s certainly proven to be the case for Donna Erodotou and Jenny Thewlis (pictured – Donna, left and Jenny, right).

Although these health professionals specialise in different disciplines; nutrition practitioner Jenny, and acupuncturist and yoga teacher, Donna, are both Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) graduates, and now work together as a team at the Boston Spa Acupuncture and Yoga Centre.

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ACUPUNCTURE AND FERTILTY: ‘IT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE QUITE A LOT OF SUCCES IN’

Acupuncture has always had many advocates, and some sceptics; lots of research for, as well as evidence against.

So, it wasn’t a huge surprise to see some negative headlines earlier in the year, after a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association claimed acupuncture doesn’t improve the likelihood of IVF success (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/may/16/acupuncture-doesnt-improve-likelihood-of-ivf-success-study-finds).

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40 YEARS OF NEEDLES AND JACKY AND MARGARET DON’T REGRET A THING!

If you’ve ever been to the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA), then there’s a good chance you might have bumped into Jacky Keller and Margaret Cocks (pictured).

Based in Micklegate, York, the College celebrates its 30th birthday this year, and sisters-in-law Jacky and Margaret have been attending its in-house acupuncture clinic for almost as long as it’s been in existence.

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LOOKING FOR A NEW CAREER? BECOMING AN ACUPUNCTURIST COULD BE THE ANSWER…

Are you looking for a career change? Would you like to work hours that suit you? Do you want to make a difference to other people’s lives?

Helen Game (pictured), a mum of three, graduated as an acupuncturist from the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) in York, in 2017.  She now works in Dalbeattie, at The Bridge Wellness Centre, and has never been busier or happier!

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‘I WAS CONVINCED ABOUT THE ONLINE MSc IMMEDIATELY’

Nora Giese (pictured) is just one of the many international students studying at the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) in York, UK.  Nora, who runs her own acupuncture clinic in Germany, was inspired to enrol on the NCA’s Online MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice) after hearing Principal Richard Blackwell talk at an international conference, last year.

“I’d been looking for a MSc program for quite a while,” explained Nora, who specialises in gynaecology and integrative infertility treatments, “when Richard introduced the NCA’s online MSc at the International TCM Congress in Rothenburg.

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DESTINATION ACUPUNCTURE – VIA TEACHING AND MARTIAL ARTS! ONE MAN’S JOURNEY TO A MORE REWARDING CAREER

Like many people, Michael Ranft got to a point in life when he realised his job wasn’t making him happy.

An English teacher from Bedlington, Northumberland, Michael’s love of teaching was eroded by some of the institutional changes happening within his profession, prompting him to think about an alternative career that would lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

But … just how does a secondary school teacher make the decision to become an acupuncturist?

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BECOME A LEADER WITHIN YOUR DISCIPLINE WITH THE NCA

If you are an experienced, qualified practitioner and would like to become a leader in your field, then studying a Masters online with the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) should be your next step.

At the NCA, we offer online MScs in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice), Advanced Complementary Medicine (Research and Practice), and Advanced Nutrition(Research and Practice).

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