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The University of Malta has started a course of studies to professionally train healthcare personnel in the technique and help them to attain the high standards of practice required by the World Health Organization. The Malta University course is being managed and taught in collaboration of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine which is a center of excellence in Chine and one of the first four colleges teaching TCM in China. In conjunction with the theoretical course the University has set up a Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic manned by highly professional doctors of the Shanghai University who have been sent over to specifically manage the dedicated Clinic in the University sited just opposite the University Chapel. Treatment options are discussed with the patient after a detailed consultation and delivered against a nominal fee. Appointments can be made directly with the Clinic after formal referral by a medical practitioner. Appointments can be made by phone on 2340 3988 or email at

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes a broad range of therapeutic methods developed in China over the last 2,000 years. These methods can include various modalities including the use of herbs, acupuncture and moxibustion, massage and exercise, and dietary modification therapy. The traditional rational for these methods is the restoration of the body’s harmony. Diagnosis in TCM aims to patterns of disharmony by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and eyes, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person as well as many other factors. Since the 1950s, efforts have been made in China to standardize these precepts and to attempt to integrate them with modern notions of anatomy and pathophysiology. TCM continues to be widely used in China and it is also being increasingly adopted in the West especially as an adjutant to conventional western treatment.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles in specific points termed acupoints with their subsequent manipulation. Moxibustion involves the further procedure of burning mug-wort on or near the skin at an acupuncture point. Electro-acupuncture includes the application of an electric current to the needles once they are inserted in order to further stimulate the respective acupuncture points.



All these methods are TCM modalities used for pain relief used alone or as an adjunct to other treatment modalities, though it has also been used to treat a wide range of other conditions such aschemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting, postoperative nausea/vomiting, and idiopathic headache. It is generally very safe without side-effects when done by an appropriately trained practitioner.

Other TCM modalities of treatment include cupping and dietary regimens. Cupping is considered to be a type of Chinese massage, consisting of placing several glass cups on the body. The cup is warmed with a lighted match and then placed against the skin. As the cup cools, a suction effect is produced causing it to stick to the skin. When combined with massage oil, the cups can be slid around the back, offering "reverse-pressure massage". Dietary regimens include advice regarding the maintenance of a balanced diet using different classes of foods.


Master in TCM - October 2017
Applications for the Master in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Culture commencing in October 2017 are now available online. Click here to submit an online application.
The role of Acupuncture in weight loss

The University of Malta Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic is holding a lecture about 'The role of acupuncture in weight loss' on Friday 16th September 2016 at 1930.

Launch of TCM Clinical services to the public

The Centre for TCM is pleased to announce the launch of its Clinical Services. Appointments can be arranged by phone on 2340 3988 or email at
Last Updated: 3 August 2016

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