Gynaecology, Fertility & Obstetrics 23

A post graduate online course for acupuncturists combining diagnosis and treatment of women from pre-conception to pregnancy related conditions to post-birth replenishment and menopause.  Conventional medical physiology is integrated with Chinese medicine diagnosis and treatment throughout.

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

Read the interview with Jill Glover on the importance of acupuncture and women’s health.

You will be given written electronic materials to support all lectures, we do not provide printed handouts.

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

  • Practical application of acupuncture in the treatment of gynaecological issues, infertility and obstetrics including but not limited to: disorders of the menstrual cycle, unexplained infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, immunology and recurrent miscarriage, menopause
  • Supportive treatment for assisted reproductive techniques (ART & IVF), morning sickness, breech presentation, induction of labour, and treatment during labour 
  • How to take a  comprehensive gynaecology history, create an accurate, effective diagnosis and treatment plan in Chinese medicine 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of male infertility and the importance of both male and female health
  • Deepening understanding of medical physiology of the female reproductive systems, pregnancy and labour in health and disease, including discussion around medical tests and treatment 
  • Comprehensive overview of the red flags of reproductive system diseases and understanding disease from TCM perspective

Entry requirements

A recognised 3 year qualification in acupuncture.  Pre-reading will be suggested for those who have not studied five element acupuncture but the course is predominately TCM focussed and you must have training in TCM.

How to apply

Download an application here and email to Jo Brown, Registrar.  To pay the £100 application fee please click here.


The course fee is £1950 and we offer an early bird discount of £100 if you pay in full before 7th July 2023.  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, full fees are due by 28th August 2023 or can be paid in instalments by monthly direct debit.


Day 1: Thursday 7 Sept 23  - History taking and Chinese medicine basics 

Day 2: Thursday 5 Oct 23 - Eight extraordinary vessels and 5 elements

Day 3: Thursday  9 Nov 23 - Female infertility 1 

Day 4: Thursday  7 Dec 23 - Female infertility, unexplained infertility 2  

Day 5: Thursday 11 Jan 24 - Artificial reproductive techniques & IVF,  male infertility  

Day 6: Thursday  8 Feb 24 - CMS obstetrics 

Day 7: Thursday 14 Mar 24 - Endometriosis, PCOS & pelvic masses 

Day 8: Thursday 18 April 24 - Immunology, Miscarriage, premature ovarian failure and menopause 

Day 9: Thursday  16 May 24 - Obstetrics part 1 inc. common conditions in pregnancy 

Day 10: Thursday -  13 June 24 - Obstetrics part 2 inc. pre-birth, induction and labour 

Day 11: Thursday 18 July 24 - exam (half day) 



Kim Chan 

Kim is a clinical supervisor, lecturer, and programme leader for acupuncture skills at CICM.  Before studying acupuncture she had taught Chinese medicine and shiatsu at the European school of Oriental Therapy and Movement.  Her further studies in Chinese medicine include her acupuncture licentiate, and diplomas in patent herbal medicine and paediatric acupuncture.  Since graduating in 1999 has run her own practice in London specialising in women’s health generally and especially in supporting women with natural and assisted fertility.

Jill Glover

Jill Glover specialises in using Chinese medicine to treat all gynaecological conditions, especially male & female 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 gynaecology, infertility & menopause, and one to one supervision and mentoring for gynaecology and fertility cases.  Jill runs a successful complementary health clinic in Bristol, specialising in women’s health.

Clare Venters Smith 

Clare graduated from the college with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in five element & TCM acupuncture, followed by courses in tuina, fertility and obstetrics, kinesiology and nutrition   She works as a teacher and  practical skills tutor at the college.  She runs a busy practice in Reading.  Clare is passionate about including lifestyle advice for her patients and loves the fertility and gynaecology part of her practice with all its ups and downs.

Sharon Yelland  

Sharon originally trained as a nurse and midwife and began her acupuncture studies in China in 1995. She was part of a group who set up acupuncture for pregnancy and birth in the NHS at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.  During her work as a midwife and acupuncturist within the NHS, she was privileged to treat hundreds of pregnant women with acupuncture and at all stages of pregnancy for a multitude of issues.  Her forte however, lies in helping women to labour and give birth using acupuncture and it’s modalities. 

As well as assisting women in the labour ward, her speciality was home birth with acupuncture. She is now a retired midwife but still runs a busy acupuncture clinic in Plymouth.  She also teaches pregnancy and birth at CICM.  Her personal objective is to share knowledge, to enable others to use this amazing skill to help new life gently into this world.


Jo Brown

Jo joined the college in February 2020 and works as our registrar and is currently developing our VLE resources and capability. She is a qualified podiatrist and enjoys nature and being creative.  Jo is the person to contact with any application and administrative questions about this course. 



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