Gynaecology, Fertility & Obstetrics

This year's intake is now full but dates will be posted for next year when they are ready.  Please email me if you have any questions.


A practical course for acupuncturists combining diagnosis and treatment of women from pre-conception to pregnancy related conditions to post-birth replenishment.

Acupuncture is a popular treatment choice for infertility and for women looking to avoid medication during pregnancy. This course builds on undergraduate training in these areas to fully equip attendees to increase effectiveness and confidence.

Each teaching day will contain both theory and practice.  Teaching methods will include patients in class, videos and photos.  You will be given written electronic materials to support all lectures.

There will be a written exam at the end of the course that you will need to pass in order to complete the course.  The exam consists of multi choice questions and short answer questions and will be based on what you have learnt throughout the course.

Course overview

  • Thorough understanding of the Western medical physiology of the female reproductive systems, pregnancy and labour in health and disease, and also medical tests and treatment
  • Systematic approach to understanding the medically described diseases of the reproductive system in Chinese medical terms
  • Comprehensive overview of the red flags of reproductive system diseases and for pregnancy 
  • How to take a comprehensive history and diagnosis in Chinese Medicine
  • Practical application of acupuncture in the treatment of gynaecological issues, infertility and obstetrics including but not limited to: amenorrhoea, menorrhagia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility and recurrent miscarriage, supportive treatment for assisted reproductive techniques (IVF), morning sickness, breech presentation, induction of labour, menopause and treatment during labour

Entry Requirements

A recognised qualification in acupuncture.  Pre-reading will be suggested for those who have not studied either five element or TCM as both are covered on the course. 

How to apply

Download an application here and email to or send in to the college.


The course fee is £1750, there is an early bird discount of £250 if you pay before 10th February 2018.  This includes £100 non refundable application fee which secures a place on the course and is offset against the fees.  For those who don't take advantage of the early-bird discount, fees are due on 1st May 2018.


The course will start in May 2018 and will run until April 2019, 10-5 each day.

Day 1: Thursday 10th May 2018 - CMS physiology & gynaecology including red flags

Day 2: Thursday 14th June 2018 - CMS obstetrics

Day 3: Thursday 12th July 2018 - history taking and Chinese Medicine basics

Day 4: Thursday 13th September 2018 - 8 extraordinary vessels and 5 elements

Day 5: Thursday 11th October 2018 - female infertility including BBT charting

Day 6: Thursday 8th November 2018 - PCOS, endometriosis and pelvic masses

Day 7: Thursday 6th December 2018 - artificial reproductive techniques including IVF

Day 8: Thursday 10th January 2019 - immunology, miscarriage and menopause

Day 9: Thursday 7th February 2019 - obstetrics part 1 inc. common conditions in pregnancy

Day 10: Thursday 7th March 2019 - obstetrics part 2 inc. pre-birth, induction and labour

Day 11: Thursday 4th April 2019 - exam (half day)




Rebecca Avern 

Rebecca is a senior lecturer and clinical supervisor at CICM and has worked with many women on their path to motherhood over the last 16 years.  She has a particular interest in emotions as a cause of disease & has witnessed time and again the power of five element treatment in supporting women who are trying to conceive.   Rebecca also teaches paediatric acupuncture & is the author of Acupuncture for Babies, Children & Teenagers (publishing Autumn 2018).


Sarah Budd 

Sarah is a nurse, midwife and acupuncturist.  She set up an acupuncture service in Plymouth maternity unit in 1988, after completing a degree in complementary health studies at Exeter University.  Sarah was appointed as the UK’s first full-time acupuncturist midwife funded by the NHS in Plymouth.


Kim Chan 

Kim Chan is a CICM graduate and faculty member and has been in practice in west London for more than 20 years.  She is a clinical supervisor at CICM and programme leaders for skills and technique. 


Jill Glover 

Jill Glover specialises in using Chinese medicine to treat all gynaecological conditions, especially infertility and IVF. Jill became an acupuncturist in 1985, later adding Chinese herbal medicine and professional coaching.

She is a senior faculty member at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, where she has been a teacher and clinical supervisor since its inception in 1993. She offers postgraduate seminars in infertility and runs a successful complementary health clinic in Bristol, specialising in women’s health.

She is passionate about using Chinese medicine to smooth the many transitions in women’s lives.

Clare Stephenson 

Clare originally trained as a medical doctor and has 15 years' experience of working in the NHS, for over half of this time as a GP. She has also trained both in China and the UK in the practice of acupuncture. Over the period of 10 years she was a lecturer and programme leader at CICM. She has a particular interest in communicating the correspondences between Western and Chinese Medical interpretions of disease, and is the author of "The Acupuncturist's Guide to Conventional Medicine" (Singing Dragon 2017). 


Sharon Yelland 

Sharon has been practicing acupuncture for over 18 years since she studied Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China in 1992. As well as a trained acupuncturist, Sharon is also qualified as a nurse and midwife, working as a community midwife in Plymouth for 20 years. She was instrumental in setting up one of the country’s first NHS Trust Acupuncture Midwifery clinics at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital. Sharon is registered with the Royal College of Midwifes and the British Acupuncture council.