Application and Enrollment for School Year 2024 – 2025 is now OPEN
Comprehensive Acupuncture Training Program teaches acupuncture points, proper techniques, treatments and Tuina Chinese massage. The program fulfills the requirement for becoming a Certified Acupuncturist by the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC)
- Classes for the Comprehensive Acupuncture Training Program for the Academic year 2024–2025 begin on May 2024. Applicants without a medical background must enroll in Prerequisite courses, which will begin on January 2024.
- For more information, you may e-mail us at email@example.com or call us up at 8374-0000
Heeding the public request for SMIC-ITCM to offer more public seminars and talks, we are happy to announce and invite everyone to join us on Nov. 13, 2023, at 9:00 am – 11:00 am on “Bone Talk”: Approach to Bone Setting and Manipulation.
Speaker: Dr. Wang Shoundong
– Chief physician, Distinguished professor.
– China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences outpatient department specially appointed expert.
– General Administration of Sports of China,
– Chinese Winter Olympics team medical staff.
– Shenzhen Baoan Authentic TCM Treatment Hospital Outpatient Department specially appointed expert.
– China Intangible Cultural Heritage Beijing Qing Palace Bone setting techniques seventh-generation successor.
– Executive committee for the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies.
– Nominated Expert for the World Health Organization and the International Organization for Standardization.
– President of the World Manipulative Medicine Association and the US. International Academy of TCM etc.
– Dr. Wang has 40 years of clinical experience in integration medicine.
– He specializes in TCM orthopedic medicine, oncology, anti-aging, and other Intractable diseases.
Registration Fee: Php 1,000
Contact for reservation and payment at 0917-305 1405
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The Medical Mission from SMIC-ITCM faculty and students will be held on November 05, 2023, at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, Diocese of Cubao, and continuing on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited to avail your free Acupuncture treatment and Ventosa. Medical Mission is the outreach program of the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, through which we try to offer our services to different communities.
Sr. Regina Liu visited the International Education College of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and had a meeting with the Dean, Jin Yilan, department head Du Fei, and Professor Lu.
The Medical Mission from SMIC-ITCM faculty and students will be held on October 01, 2023, at
Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, Diocese of Cubao, and continuing on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited to avail your free Acupuncture treatment and Ventosa. Medical Mission is the outreach program of the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, through which we try to offer our services to different communities.
Congratulations to our graduates, students, and faculty members of the SMIC-ITCM who have successfully completed the (Chinese traditional massage) Tuina training at Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is admirable that you are so committed to learning more and improving your abilities in the traditional healing arts. As you step forward into the world as well-trained Tuina practitioners, you carry not only the wisdom of Chinese traditional medicine but also the potential to bring relief and well-being to countless individuals. As qualified Tuina practitioners, you come into the world with the knowledge of Chinese traditional medicine as well as the capacity to improve the health and well-being of countless others. We have no doubt that you will continue to have a positive impact in the field of holistic healthcare. We wish you a fulfilling and successful journey ahead as you embark on this rewarding path of healing and wellness. Congratulations once again.
— The whole SMIC ITCM family
The Medical Mission from SMIC-ITCM faculty and students will be held on September 03, 2023, at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, Diocese of Cubao, and continuing on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited to avail your free Acupuncture treatment and Ventosa. Medical Mission is the outreach program of the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, through which we try to offer our services to different communities.
Once again, the Medical Mission from SMIC-ITCM faculty and students will be held on August 6, 2023, at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, Diocese of Cubao, and continuing on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited to avail your free Acupuncture treatment and Ventosa. Medical Mission is the outreach program of the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, through which we try to offer our services to different communities.
Acupuncture is an ancient practice that originated in China and has been used for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. While individual experiences and results may vary, here are some potential benefits associated with acupuncture:
1. Pain Relief: It is commonly used to alleviate various types of pain, such as back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, migraines, and menstrual cramps. It is believed to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body.
2. Stress Reduction: It is known for its relaxing and calming effects. It can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote a sense of well-being. During the treatment, patients often experience a deep state of relaxation.
3. Improved Sleep: Many people report improved sleep quality after receiving acupuncture. It can help regulate sleep patterns and address insomnia or sleep disorders.
4. Boosted Immune System: It is believed to enhance the immune system’s functioning by promoting energy flow and stimulating immune cell production. This may help prevent illnesses and improve overall health.
5. Enhanced Mental Clarity: It is thought to improve mental clarity, focus, and concentration. It may also help with cognitive function and memory enhancement.
6. Digestive Health: It can be beneficial for various digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion, nausea, and bloating. It aims to restore balance to the digestive system and promote better overall digestion.
7. Support for Emotional Well-being: It is often used as a complementary therapy for mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. It can help regulate emotions, reduce stress, and support overall emotional well-being.
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This is brought to you in celebration of our Nutrition and Wellness Month 2023.
The SMIC-ITCM community would like to congratulate our beloved Dean, Sr. Shengrong Liu, Lac, DAOM, and Dr. Genevieve Tan-Torres, MD, FPDS, CMA, for the accomplishment of their research on “Cutaneous Manifestation of COVID-19 Treated Using Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Case Report.” This research was presented at the 25th World Congress of Dermatology held in Singapore this July 3–8, 2023.
This valuable research focuses on the application of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in managing the cutaneous symptoms associated with COVID-19. This is also part of Sr. Shengrong Liu’s quest for the treatment of COVID from different perspectives, it is providential that her TCM student, Dr. Genevieve Tan-Torres, happens to be a practicing dermatologist at St. Luke’s Medical Center. This collaboration represents the value of integrative medicine approaches such as TCM in healthcare, especially in developing countries like the Philippines.
SMIC-ITCM is proud to announce that Sr. Shengrong Liu’s research article on “The Role of Licorice and Dried Ginger Decoction/Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang in Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Philippines” has been included in The Macau Journal of Chinese Medicine, December 2022 issue.
Being a dedicated Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, educator, and researcher, the worldwide COVID pandemic has catapulted Sr. Shegrong Liu to search for remedies. It was through her keen observation of the hundreds of COVID cases she handled, her unending quest, and her research work that she was able to find TCM remedies and therapy for the different CORONA variants. Her research provides a significant contribution to the field of integrative medicine.
The Medical Mission from SMIC-ITCM faculty and students will be held on July 2, 2023, at the Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, Diocese of Cubao, and continuing on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited to avail your free Acupuncture treatment, and Ventosa. Medical Mission is the outreach program of the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, through which we try to offer our services to different communities.
The Medical Mission from SMIC-ITCM faculty and students will resume at the Saint Paul the Apostle Parish Diocese of Cubao, starting on June 4, 2023, and continuing on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited to avail your free Acupuncture Treatment or ventosa. Medical Mission is the outreach program of the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, through which we try to offer our services to the different communities.
Nolan B. Amban is a certified acupuncturist and a licensed massage therapist. He is an alumnus of SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine Inc., batch three (3) in the Comprehensive Acupuncture Training Program, and the founder of the Davao Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Clinic.
Become a certified acupuncturist?
SMIC-ITCM provides a complete acupuncture program that meets all the requirements of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC). Our curriculum is designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this field.
By enrolling in our acupuncture program, students can expect to experience lectures, hands-on training, and a clinical practice component. Students will learn the acupuncture treatment, from how to properly insert needles to the application of different stimulation methods. As part of the program, students will also learn about the philosophy and principles of TCM, the fundamentals of the body’s energy systems, and how to diagnose and treat common disease conditions.
Dr. Aileen M. Guzman, a general pediatrician practicing at Holy Infant Hospital, and Ronald P. Guzman Medical Center, Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley. And currently, in batch 6 students of the Comprehensive Acupuncture Training Program at the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Class 2022-2023.
Enrollment in an acupuncture program is a major step in setting oneself up to become a certified acupuncturist. Traditional acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that has been used to restore and maintain health in various countries around the world.
At SMIC-ITCM, we offer a comprehensive acupuncture program that is designed to meet the requirements for certification by the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC). Our program provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to become successful acupuncturists. Our program includes lectures, hands-on training, and clinical practice, giving the student an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of acupuncture and how it works.
Ezekiel C. Almarez, from Palawan, is a Certified Associate Acupuncturist (CAA) and a graduate of the Comprehensive Acupuncture Training Program Batch Four (4). He is a graduating student in the Comprehensive Training Program on Traditional Chinese Medicine. This will be the good news of having an acupuncturist in Palawan: the residents can now explore this treatment option as part of their healthcare. Acupuncture can be used alongside other medical treatments or as a standalone therapy, depending on the individual’s needs and conditions.
Acupuncture is a traditional form of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years in various cultures, and it’s becoming increasingly popular as a complementary or alternative treatment for various health conditions. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body, which are believed to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.
It’s important for aspiring acupuncturists to receive proper training and education in order to provide safe and effective treatments. The comprehensive program offered by SMIC-ITCM, which includes lectures, hands-on training, and clinical practice, sounds like an excellent way for students to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to become successful acupuncturists. It’s also great that the program is designed to meet the certification requirements set by PITAHC, which will give students the necessary credentials to practice acupuncture professionally in the Philippines.
Overall, this program is a fantastic opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a career in acupuncture.
We believe that everyone deserves to have access to quality healthcare that’s why we provide our medical missions for free. We want to help as many people as possible to attain their health goals through traditional medicine. The medical mission is an initiative to attain health balance and harmony in people’s bodies by using the traditional methods of acupuncture and ventosa.
In preparing for the Easter celebration, you are sincerely invited and highly recommended to join the face-to-face recollection with Rev. Fr. Romerico Prieto to be held at SMIC-ITCM on Friday, March 31, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lent is a great opportunity to help us in realizing the grace for us and our loved ones, a season that will lead us to realize how much we are loved and cared for by God. “During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith and receive with open hearts the love of God.” —Pope Francis
Please send us a note to confirm your attendance on or before March 29-30. Thank you, and we are looking forward to seeing you all there!
Have a blessed Lent!
CALL FOR RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS
This clinic study has been approved by the UERM RIHS Ethics Review Committee.
The study entitled “Effects of Acupuncture on Relieving Symptom Burden of Long COVID Patients with Qi Deficiency” under the supervision of a licensed TCM practitioner, Dr. Shengrong Liu, and medical doctors Dr. Aimee Choa Yu Ang and Dr. Evelyn Siao Brigino,.The study will be conducted at the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The objective of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture on Long COVID symptoms, specifically in alleviating the impact of symptom burden of Long COVID symptoms on daily life.
For those who are interested in participating in this study, they must be at least 18 years old and above, have one or more long COVID symptoms such as “brain fog,” fatigue, dyspnea, cough, abdominal pain, etc. at least 28 days after a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection (COVID-19 antigen or PCR test), and that these symptoms were not present prior to having a COVID-19 infection. You are also eligible to participate because you have been diagnosed with Qi deficiency either in the lung and heart, the lung and spleen, or the lung and kidney by a Chinese medicine practitioner.
For participation, all treatment sessions for this clinic study are FREE of charge. The clinical study will run for (5) five consecutive Fridays per patient. Participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw anytime, but completing all sessions will be beneficial to your health.
For more information please contact us or drop by our clinic. We look forward to meeting you!
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HAPPY 6TH ANNIVERSARY AND FOUNDATION DAY
SMIC-ITCM YEAR 2022
SMIC-ITCM FREE HEALTH WEBINAR
SMIC-ITCM proudly announced a free webinar for those interested in health awareness. This is will be conducted via Zoom and with a capacity of 100 person only. Do not hesitate to reserve and join us for this informative event!!
SMIC-ITCM TEACHING CLINIC IS NOW OPEN!
The Acupuncture procedure is done and supervised by a PITAHC certified acupuncturist with interns of SMIC-ITCM .
The Enrollment for the 2nd Batch of Chinese Herbal Medicine Dispenser Program is now on-going.
TCM perspective on the Cytokine Storm in COVID-19
Article written by SMIC-ITCM Dean and TCM expert, Sr. Regina Liu (Shengrong Liu), about the TCM perspective on the Cytokine Storm in COVID-19. A must-read for everyone! https://www.acupuncturetoday.com/digital/index.php?i=770&s=5191&l=14&a_id=34184&pn=27&r=t&Page=27
Fire Needling for Cold Patterns
We gladly present to you the article entitled “Fire Needling For Cold Patterns by Sr. Juan Liu SMIC, L.Ac.,Dipl.O.M.(NCCAOM) DACM and SMIC-ITCM Assistant Dean
SMIC ITCM graduates and students at the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, People’s Republic of China
Sr. Regina (dean) with graduates and students at the Ginseng monument
Lounging in one of the campus cafeterias
Tianjin University President Zhang Boli (center) poses with the SMIC ITCM dean, students, and graduates
The members of the SMIC ITCM delegation are mostly attending the two-week seminar on TCM techniques. Members of the delegation include: DR. MARIKA BIAG, DR. ENERIZZA CACHA-GENILO, DR. BERENICE LIMARK-YU, Ms. KATHRYN LOPEZ, and Ms. JOYCE ABLANG. Ms. GERALDINE TAMBONG and Ms. KRISTLE CHUA are undergoing the three-year training program on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The programs are a part of the joint education agreement between the SMIC ITCM and the Tianjin University of TCM under the Belt and Road Policy of the PROC.
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SMIC ITCM in a tete-a-tete with PITAHC
SMIC Institute of Medicine President Edilberto Concepcion with Dean Regina Liu and Asst Dean Michelle Liu met with the Dr. Annabelle de Guzman, director-general of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), in informal discussions, July 3, 2019. Developments and accomplishments of the school were presented to the director-general. PITAHC staff Ms. Lina Regis and Ms. Juris Triunfante were also in attendance. Concerns regarding the accreditation of graduates of the school, gains in international recognition, and future plans were shared. SMIC ITCM was subsequently briefed on the status of pending bills in Congress to amend the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act, otherwise known as the TAMA law. Dir. Gen. de Guzman is hopeful that the concerns raised will be addressed promptly.
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Medical Mission to Mindoro
A team of acupuncturists from the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SMIC ITCM) went to Calapan, Oriental Mindoro on a medical mission last April 28. It was hosted by Dr. Marianne Cacha and her daughter Dr. Rizza Cacha-Genilo. Dr. Cacha is a recently retired head of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital and Dr. Rizza is a dermatologist and one of the top graduates of the second comprehensive acupuncture training program of the institute.
The team was headed by Sr. Regina Liu and Sr. Michelle Liu. The other members of the team were mostly also from the second batch of graduates of the comprehensive acupuncture training program of the institute: Dr. Elnah Gulliab, Dr. Rizza Cacha-Genilo, Dr. Mary Ann See, Ms. Geraldine Tambong, Ms. Alice Orbeta-Basco, and Mr. Lloyd Lester Lee. To assist the practitioners were nurses and staff of the SMIC St. Francis Natural Health Clinic and the SMIC ITCM. The clinic was conducted at the provincial hospital through the kind support of its director, Dr. Marpheo Marasigan. About 120 patients were treated with acupuncture, moxibustion, and ventosa for free. Migraine, stroke, peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain and discomfort of extremities), back pains, and insomnia were some of the conditions treated.
There was a gentleman with sciatica who walked in hunched and with a cane. After one session of treatment, he went home walking straight and without the need of a cane. The patient was an ophthalmologist who turned out to be a relative of the Cachas. Dr. Rizza is happy to report that her townmates who got introduced to Chinese Medicine for the first time were pleasantly surprised with how fast and how well their conditions responded to the treatments. (Photos courtesy of Ms. Geraldine Tambong and Dr. Rizza Cacha-Genilo.)
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SMIC ITCM PRESENTS IN THE 2018 PHILIPPINE SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Johanna Marie Astrid A. Sister presented her paper entitled, “Does it Work?: Understanding the Epistemological Hybridity of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Philippines” in the 2018 Philippine Sociological Society National Conference with the theme, “Sociology of Well-being”. Chosen to share her exploratory research along with over 150 paper presenters, Ms. Sister presented a brief overview of the history of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Philippines and compared the nuances between the epistemological paradigms of Western biomedicine and TCM and relating it to SMIC-ITCM’s curriculum. She posited that the curriculum, which is patterned from the USA and is the first in the Philippines, reflects the hybrid nature of TCM education that historically emanates from China’s socio-economic and cultural milieu. Hence, it opens the bigger question of how it is accepted and taught within the Philippine context. The paper was well-received by the audience, who highly recommended expanding and producing more research on acupuncture and TCM in the country. It was held in October 4-6, 2018.
Johanna Marie Astrid Sister is part of the second batch of students who have completed the Comprehensive Acupuncture Training Program. This initiative is part of SMIC ITCM’s mission to produce relevant researches to further promote and upgrade Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Philippines.
Johanna Marie Astrid Sister, SMIC ITCM graduate of acupuncture, presents a paper regarding the history and the nuances of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the 2018 National Conference of the Philippine Sociological Society of the Philippines held in Siquijor.
Johanna Marie Astrid Sister (extreme right) with other resource speakers in the 2018 National Conference of the Philippine Sociological Society. Theme of the conference: “Sociology of Well-being”. It was held in Siquijor last October 4-6.
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Open House Workshop
In line with the institute’s commitment to educating the public regarding Traditional Chinese Medicine, a free workshop was conducted recently at the SMIC Institute of TCM. Participants from the general public were given an overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a taste of Taiqi (a Chinese form of exercise), and acupuncture treatment. Mr. Samuel Chau started the activity by teaching the basic Taiqi movements. Dr. Edilberto Concepcion, the institute’s president, presented an overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the history of the institute from its inception. It ended with participants undergoing diagnosis and treatment and a tour of the institute’s conference rooms, library, and herbarium. The new graduates of the school performed treatments on patients under the supervision of seasoned practitioners. Towards the end, Sr. Regina Liu, the institute’s dean, explained the curriculum to interested parties in private consultations. The activity was held last May 3, 2019.
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Vice President for Academic Affairs Opens Shop
Fr. Earl Cura, CICM, is the new Vice President for Academic Affairs, a new office of the SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SMIC ITCM). He holds a masteral degree in education specializing in curriculum design from the Marymount University, USA, and is currently finishing his dissertation on development studies on how best to keep the integrity and dignity of the culture of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) as it gets integrated into the formal education system. Fr. Earl is president of the Thomasian Society of Development Professionals, Center for Innovation and International Development, and a member of the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (USA), the Critical Thinking Society (USA), and the Asian Association of TEFL. He is also currently Professor and Rector of the Maryhill School of Theology. Aside from Filipino and English, he is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and speaks passive Spanish and French. The SMIC ITCM installed the new office as part of its commitment to continually improve the standards of training of TCM.
Fr. Earl Alan C. Cura, CICM, Vice President for Academic Affairs
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SMIC ITCM Witnesses Election of Key Officers of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies
SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine extends its congratulations to Dr. Zhang Boli, President of Tianjin University of TCM, for being re-elected as president of the Educational Instruction Committee (EIC) of The World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS). The election was conducted during the fifth annual convention of the federation. In attendance were members from its 149 member societies from all over the world. SMIC Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine represented by its president and dean was in attendance during the election process as its new members last September, 2018.
In his speech, Dr. Zhang Boli reiterated his commitment to spreading TCM globally. He cited the teacher training program of the university for this purpose and an online education program that is on the pipeline.
Members of the Council of the Educational Instruction Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies with SMIC ITCM on extreme right.
Sr. Shengrong Liu congratulates Dr. Zhang Boli, the re-elected president of the Council of Educational Instruction Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies held in Tianjin, China.
President Zhang Boli, President of Tianjin University of TCM and Council of Educational Instruction Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, with Dr. Edilberto Concepcion (center), President of SMICITCM, and Sr. Shengrong Liu, Dean of SMICITCM.
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Mandatory monitoring visit of Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) in SMIC ITCM.
As one of the requirements for Standards and Accreditation, a monitoring visit in SMIC ITCM was conducted by the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) last June 7, 2021. The visit was headed by no less than Dir. Gen. Annabelle Pabiona-de Guzman herself together with Atty. Carmencita D. Castro-Santos, Mr.David Dorillo and Ms. Lina Regis (PITAHC Standards and Accreditation Division).