Acupuncture/Dry Needling Courses for Health Professionals

Dr Anthony Campbell

My new acupuncture textbook        Medical Acupuncture: A Practical
Guide         Book for patients        

Also see the FAQ and Pre-Course Reading

My Acupuncture Background

I was consultant physician at The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (formerly the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital) for over twenty years. This NHS hospital is a centre for the study and practice of various forms of complementary medicine. My main clinical interest was in modern medical acupuncture (WMA—Western medical acupuncture or dry needling), which I introduced to the hospital in 1977.

I have taught acupuncture/dry needling to health professionals since 1981; over 6000 have attended these courses. I am an Accredited Member and former vice-chairman of the British Medical Acupuncture Society; I was a council member of the Society for many years.

The Course

The acupuncture/dry needling I teach is based on the modern understanding of anatomy and physiology. The course builds on the knowledge and skills that health professionals already have.

The principal differences between the traditional and modern schools can be summarized as follows.

Follows rules laid down in the past Largely or completely ignores the old rules
Based on pre-scientific ideas Based on modern anatomy and physiology
Often appeals to Westerners interested in mysticism No element of mysticism

If you are a Western health professionals you will find that this form of acupuncture can easily be integrated with the rest of your training. Also, it has given rise to some new forms of treatment, such as periosteal acupuncture, that did not form part of the traditional system.

Traditionalists sometimes claim that modern medical acupuncture can treat 'simple' problems but that the traditional version is needed for more complicated situations. There is no good evidence to support these claims. Practitioners of the modern version treat a wide range of conditions successfully. Contrary to what is often believed, acupuncture in China today is mostly done in the modern way. Acupuncture in Medicine, the journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society that only publishes papers on modern acupuncture, has many contributions by Chinese authors.

Acupuncture is not a complete system of medicine but rather a therapeutic tool that can be used by a wide range of health professionals. Its main advantages are that it works in some disorders for which there is little or no effective treatment and that, in competent hands, it is relatively safe. Much of acupuncture is concerned with pain relief but it can also be used for certain non-painful disorders.

To get an idea of the approach on which tbjs course is based, please see the FAQ and my article Where to place the needles and for how long?

Other Information

I teach courses regularly in and around London. These are suitable for health professionals with no previous experience of acupuncture and also for those who have previously attended another course and who wish to explore a different way of approaching acupuncture.

Course participants receive a copy of my textbook All You Need to Know About Acupuncture.

Course participants are strongly advised to obtain immunisation against hepatitis B. Note that this does not provide complete immunity from infection.


The fee is £390 per participant (£195 on reservation of a place plus £195 no later than two weeks before the course). The total fee is fully refundable in case of cancellation, provided we are notified before the first day of the course. It is possible to switch to a different course date at any time.

Course Dates

For dates of future courses see Course Dates.

Applying for a Course

To apply for a course or request further information, please contact me.