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Auricular Acupuncture for Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation and Stress Management

Diploma Course

Course Dates

20 & 21 April 2024

Course Outline

The course is based on 2 seven-hour sessions. The course centres on a specialised
treatment that is used to control symptoms of tension, irritability, hypersensitivity, anxiety,
depression and other states of functional and nervous imbalance associated with
withdrawal of opiates, nicotine and alcohol as well as stress.


The emphasis of the course falls on the practical application of auricular acupuncture for
alcohol and drug rehabilitation and stress management. It covers how to assess if
auricular acupuncture is suitable, how to diagnose patient’s needs, plan and discuss the
treatment and obtain consent. It focuses on how to accurately locate and effectively needle
ear points.

There will be an eight-hour theoretical lecture during the first session, which covers:
- basic TCM and acupuncture theory
- anatomy of the ear
- history and general concepts of auricular therapy
- health and safety issues and precautions/ contraindications for auricular
- basic pathology and diagnosis of drug withdrawal and stress


The remainder of the course (second session) will concentrate on practical work. Auricular
points location and needling is practiced in pairs. Developing good acupuncture technique
will enable students to practice in this specialised area of auricular therapy with

Course Aims

By the end of the course, students should achieve:

  • Understanding of the topography of the external ear and how it reflexively corresponds to the body

  • Knowledge of the location of the auricular zones and points used for stress and withdrawal symptoms

  • Ability to precisely locate and correctly needle the points used for stress and withdrawal symptoms

  • Ability to use point locator

  • Understanding of the mechanism, applications, limitations and contra-indications of Auricular acupuncture

  • Sufficient understanding of the ‘Energetic’ pathology of Stress and drug withdrawal

  • Ability to formulate and execute patient-specific treatments

  • Auricular acupuncture is a powerful therapeutic technique, which can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as a part of the patient’s recovery program.


Examination is done by continuous assessment, formal practical demonstration and multiple-choice on-line exam. To complete the course students are also required to carry out and submit case studies of 10 treatments (minimum of 4 different patients) within 6 months of the end of the course.


Successful students are awarded a Diploma in Auricular Acupuncture for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Stress Management and are entitled to use the initials Dip AuA after their names. They are accepted as Auricular Therapy Members of the Acupuncture Society. The annual membership is £100. Student and professional indemnity cover can also be arranged.

As members of the Acupuncture Society, they are entitled to use the initials MAcS Au after their names.

Course Structure

The course is based on 2 seven-hour sessions. It includes 14 contact lecture hours and 28 home-study hours.


1st Session
1. Introduction
2. Theoretical lecture
3. Starting needle practice and point location
4. Discussion - questions & comments
 Homework: puncturing practice and point location

2nd Session
1. Needle practice
2. Demonstration of the treatment on all participants
3. Locating the ear points using the point locator
4. Doing each others ears - using the point locator
5. Each student doing real time auricular acupuncture (under supervision) on 4-5 patients

6. Final discussion
Homework: Completing the case studies

Admission Requirements

The course is designed specifically for therapists working in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres. It is also open to other therapists and anybody with interest in acupuncture, auricular therapy and stress management.

Formal Anatomy & Physiology training is not required but highly recommended. Good command of both written and spoken English is essential.

Please read our Treatment Safety Check List before attending CCM courses

Course Cost

The course fee is £250.00*

It includes:
- 2 eight-hour lectures
- a copy of the theoretical lecture
- ear charts & plastic ear model
- box of 100 disposable needles

After successfully completing the course there is a £20 certification fee.

* Minimum of 4 students
** Discounts available for booking of more than 6 students


Please fill in and submit the enrolment form and the course tutor will respond to your email to inform you of whether you have been accepted. If you have any queries about this course please contact Dragomir on 07976253682 or email:

Course Tutor

Dragomir Lubomirov MSc, FAcS
Vice Principal of CCM West London
Chair of the CCM Academic board

For more details about this Tutor click here.

Acupuncture Society Membership

Successful graduates from this course can apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society and are entitled to use the abbreviations MAcS Ap after their names. The Society  can also arrange professional indemnity insurance at a very competitive members preferential rate. 


All members must be insured and log 15 hours of CPD per year (8 hours courses/seminars/workshops and 7 hours home study/research). They need to adhere to The Society’s Code of ethics rules and regulations and supply copies of their insurance. Acupuncture Society members are exempted from Local Authority Licensing in many areas including Greater London. For those working outside of Greater London, please check with your local authority.

The annual Acupressure membership to the Acupuncture Society is £100.

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