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Yes, all are registered with the Chinese Medical Institute & Register. Google: ‘CMIR UK’

So you’re looking for an acupuncturist or a Chinese herbalist who can give TCM treatment. You’ve found a clinic in your area or within a manageable travelling distance.

Do their doctors have enough experience practicing Chinese medicine? Has the clinic been around for a significant period of time, and what do patients and the media say about this company? Does the doctor’s clinical expertise cover your health condition or symptoms? Check, check, check.

Next, the most important question: Is that doctor registered? With which organisation? Is their registration up to date? What is the relevant professional body here? What are the credentials of that organisation? What’s their website? Can they be reached on social media? In short: in case things go wrong, where can you take your complaint?

What You Need to Know

For anyone interested in seeing our doctors or would like to refer their family to our Clinic, please be assured that all our AcuMedic doctors are active members of the Chinese Medical Institute & Register (CMIR). Look them up at www.cmir.org.uk.

What that means is that Dr Lily and her team follow a strict code of professional conduct. You can read the CMIR Code of Conduct and Good Practice here. You can request to have the full copy by giving them a call on 0207 388 6704 or contacting them through their website.

The CMIR maintains a register of properly qualified practitioners, who abide by a set code of practice. The qualification requirements for practitioners who wish to register – or remain registered with CMIR – far exceed those of other groups like the BAC or BMAS.

For example, CMIR membership is open only to:

  • Qualified medical doctors and healthcare professionals, who have completed a degree or diploma in Chinese medicine and acupuncture from a recognised professional training institution, for example, the CMIR Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
  • Chinese medical doctors, who have completed a degree from an accredited Chinese medical university in China, such as Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

Members must regularly attend Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses in order to keep their practice up to date. The CMIR also runs CPDs in Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

About the CMIR

The Chinese Medical Institute & Register is a founding member of the British Acupuncture Federation (BAF) and Chinese Medical Council (CMC).

It was set up in 1994 by the AcuMedic Foundation and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. The CMIR is also a member of the China-UK Consortium for Medical Integration, Research and Collaboration (CUC) and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS).

The CMIR is committed to high standard educational projects and to coordination of international research projects. It aims to raise the level of practice, education, and research of Chinese medicine and acupuncture to ensure its safety and effectiveness on a global scale.

This organisation is playing a leading role in the development of acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice and education in the UK. For example, it has been consulted by the UK Government as part of the Herbal Medicines Working Group. You can find the press release here.

It is also worth mentioning that Professor Tu Youyou – a 2015 Nobel prize winner for medicine – is one of CMIR’s founding members.

Remember, the AcuMedic medical team is cherry-picked from prestigious clinical and academic institutions to provide the most comprehensive and effective treatment possible. But it should not stop there. All AcuMedic doctors follow the code of conduct set up by the most prestigious and eminent relevant professional body: the CMIR.

Now that you are familiar with the professional body, meet the doctors.