Pascal DA SILVA DipAc PgAc DipCHM Msc MBAcC

Pascal_EcosseAcupunctureMember of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC)
Diploma in Acupuncture, Postgraduate in Women’s Health (Paris)
Diploma in Chinese herbal Medicine (Manchester)
12 years experience, 8 at the Medical centre of Stirling University
Clinical practice in hospital, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Msc in digital Education (University of Edinburgh)
I am a French national living in Edinburgh with my Scottish wife and bilingual daughters.

Acupuncture training

“Traditional” Acupuncturists (Tradere=Transmit)  like to see themselves as part of a lineage of teaching where the connection between Master and Apprentice is essential to growing as a practitioner.

Daniel-300pixDr Daniel Laurent MBAcC I graduated in Acupuncture in Brittany (France) in 2003 under the teaching of Dr Daniel Laurent whose school had a partnership with Pr Jack Worsley at the BAcC accredited College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa (UK).

JR_WorsleyPr Jack Worsley MBAcC

Clinical practice in Vietnam

I attended two monthly placements at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City (previously named “Saigon”) in Vietnam in 2002 and 2003. As a previous French colony, many people still speak French which allow us to communicate directly with some doctors and patients.

PascThinDanMyself, Dr Truong Thin and Dr Daniel Laurent (2002) VietnamDr Nam, Jean Roy, Anne, Marie, Jean-Claude and myself (2003)

A beautiful adventure with two masters

Manuel de Medecine asiatiqueDr Truong Thin (then Director of the Institute) and Dr Daniel Laurent (Head of the college) coauthored the “Manual of Traditional Asian Medicine” in 2002, which I had the privilege to illustrate and edit.

We still keep close relationships with the doctors of HCM City as many studients go there every year.


Postgraduate in women’s health

ERochatElisabeth Rochat de la Vallée is a world renown specialist in Chinese civilisation at the European school of Acupuncture in Paris where I attended a postgraduate programme in women’s health, in 2003 and many other workshops to these days.
Several of Elisabeth’s books are translated in English with Monkey Press.

As the Midlothian group coordinator for the British Acupuncture Council, I had the pleasure of inviting Elisabeth in Edinburgh for a lecture on ‘What is healing? in the Medical and Philosophical Classical texts’.

The British Acupuncture Council

Members_4col_posI applied for membership in 2007 when I arrived in the UK and became a full member of the British Acupuncture Council.
The type of acupuncture I practice is discribed in the UK as integrated “5 element constitutional acupuncture” and “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)”.

Dr_Shulan_TangPr Shulan Tang is a reknown herbalist and main tutor on the ATCM accredited Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine at Shulan College in Manchester which I completed in the summer 2016. The course is accredited by Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NJUCM).
As an acupuncturist I have been using Classical formulas for a number of years since the new European legislation, which I welcome, made it compulsory to attend a specific degree in herbal medicine.

 Online Acupuncture Academy

OAAThis was my final project for the Msc in digital Education that I completed at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. You can read my dissertation: “Towards blended e-learning for Acupuncture: a manifesto for the teaching of Traditional Acupuncture 
in the contemporary Western/postmodern world“.


AikidoMe on a good day! I have been practicing Aïkido (Japanese martial art) under the teaching of A.Peyrache and Tamura Senseï since the age of 13. Tamura_senseiNobuyoshi Tamura sensei

In 2005, I obtained the 3rd DAN with the teaching professional certificate (Brevet d’Etat). I still practice in Edinburgh with my friend Scott Reed when I can find the time. Aikido has played a big part in my experience of Qi-Breath.


The Confucius Institute of Edinburgh organise Chinese evening classes that I attend every week. After years of getting familiar with Chinese medical jargon, I thought it would be fun to actually try and put a sentence together!

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