Pascal DA SILVA DipAc DipCHM Msc

Member of The British Acupuncture Council BAcC
Member of The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine ATCM
Accredited practitioner for the supervision of students at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine

17 years experience (15 at the Medical centre of Stirling University).

I am a French national living in Edinburgh with my Scottish wife and bilingual daughters.

Diploma in Acupuncture (Brittany 2003)
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 and the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa.

The training integrated “Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture” and what is know as the “French school of acupuncture” or “Meridian Acupuncture” in the lineage of some of the pioneers of acupuncture in Europe. In a nutshell; these classical practices give a strong emphasis on pulse diagnosis and the physiological laws of the Qi-Breath specific to the vessels and channels. It does not tend to use the diagnostic patterns (i.e Damp-Heat of the Gall Bladder) of contemporary Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has been influenced by herbal medicine and the physio-pathology of organs.  I also studied TCM in depth during my studies of Chinese herbal medicine.

Dr Daniel Laurent  Pr Jack Worsley
Clinical practice in hospital (Vietnam 2002/03)
I attended two monthly placements at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Saigon, Vietnam in 2002 and 2003. As a previous French colony, many people spoke French which allowed us to communicate directly with some doctors and patients (which was rarely the case for students going to China).

A beautiful adventure with two masters

Dr 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 Saigon as many studients go there every year.

Acupuncture Postgraduate in Women's Health (Paris 2004)
I did a Postgraduate programme in women’s health in Paris, 2004, under the teaching of Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée at the European school of Acupuncture. Elisabeth is a world renown specialist in Chinese studies. I have been attending many CPD workshops on different themes through the years.
Several of Ms Rochat’s books are translated in English with Monkey Press.
As the Edinburgh 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’.
Diploma in Chinese herbal Medicine (Manchester 2016)
I graduated with in Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine at Shulan College in Manchester  2016, under the teaching of Pr Shulan Tang. The course is accredited by Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NJUCM) and The ATCM (see below). Pr Shulan lectures internationally and is probably one of the most experienced herbalist in the UK. I can consult Pr Shulan to help me reflect on complex cases.

As an acupuncturist I have been using Classical formulas for a number of years previous to the course, until the new European legislation made it compulsory to attend a specific degree in herbal medicine, which I did.

Msc in digital Education for acupuncture (Edinburgh Uni 2012)
I completed a Msc in digital Education at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. For my final project, I developed a Learning Management System for the study of acupuncture.

You can read my dissertation here: “Towards blended e-learning for Acupuncture: a manifesto for the teaching of Traditional Acupuncture 
in the contemporary Western/postmodern world“.

Supervision of students of CICM
Students of acupuncture with the British Acupuncture Council have to attend hundreds of hours of observation with registered practitioners. I have the pleasure to collaborate with the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading for this mission. Although I studied acupuncture in France, the style of acupuncture I practice is very close to the approach taught in Reading.


Member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC 2007)
I applied for membership in 2007 when I arrived in the UK and became a full member of the British Acupuncture Council.

The acupuncture I practice integrates “5 Element Acupuncture”, “Channels Acupuncture” and “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)” more specifically for the practice of Herbal Medicine.

Member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM 2016)
I gained Full membership to The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK (ATCM), for the practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2016.

The ATCM is the largest professional body for the practice of Chinese Herbal medicine with around 730 members in the UK.


20 years of Aikido took me to acupuncture
I started practicing Aïkido (Japanese martial art) under the teaching of Tamura Senseï from the age of 13.

In 2005, I obtained the Black belt 3rd DAN and the teaching professional certificate (Brevet d’Etat). I still practice in Edinburgh with my friend Jim Wolff, when I can find the time. I also obtained 3rd Dan in Iaido (Japanese fencing) under the teaching of Jean Pierre Raick.

Alongside the numerous Aikido camps that I attended, we often practiced Shiatsu (Japanese Acupressure) which years later took me to study acupuncture.

Aikido has played a big part in my experience and understanding of Qi-Breath.

@ Edinburgh West End@ Stirling University