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The Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine provides CCAM education, research and services in selected CCAM therapies. The Centre offers Bachelor of Science with Honours Degree programmes in Chiropractic and Chinese Medicine, both of which meet regional and many international standards and requirements for licensure.

The Centre also offers a Master’s Degree programme in acupuncture that has been designed for healthcare professionals who want to broaden their scope of practice.

Programmes Offered

Message from the Director

A/ Prof Ranjit De Alwis

Director, Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
MBBS (Ceylon), MSc Occupational Med (Lond),
D Ind Health (London & Eng), MD Comm Med (Colombo),
FCCP (Sri Lanka)

“The Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine(CCAM) oversees the training of Chiropractic and Chinese Medicine practitioners in a rigorous setting that involves countless hours of hands-on practical experience throughout the programmes, including clinical internships at IMU Healthcare Centres during the fourth year of study. The Centre’s faculty are committed to delivering high quality teaching and learning to generate graduate professionals who exhibit the best qualities of a competent and caring healthcare provider. The Centre provides regional leadership in health education in the CCAM professions alongside the other academic healthcare disciplines at IMU. The Centre also oversees research on CCAM therapies, as well as the delivery of service to members of the community.”

Achievement & Engagement Activities

  • Renowned Lecturer from Shanghai Shared Knowledge and Experience on Clinical Anatomy of Dangerous Acupuncture Points
24 June 2019 – The IMU Chinese Medicine Department invited a renowned lecturer from the Shanghai University of Chinese Medicine, Guo Chun Xia, to give a public talk on “Clinical Anatomy of Dangerous Acupuncture Points” in the Senate Room at IMU. Due to limited seats, the talk only accepted a total of 85 participants from undergraduate students to healthcare practitioners as well as acupuncture enthusiasts. Full story on IMU News.
  • 2019 Chinese Medicine Week- ‘The Circadian Clock of TCM’
The first week of November every year is a memorable week for IMU Chinese Medicine (CM) students because this is the time for the annual Chinese Medicine Week, where a series of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices are showcased at the atrium of the university’s campus in Bukit Jalil. This year, the event was organised by students from cohorts CM 2/16 and CM 1/17 under the supervision of a lecturer, Dr Chep Lee. Held from 4 November to 6 November, this year’s event was themed “The Circadian Clock of TCM” or ZiWu LiuZhu in Chinese because this event would like to raise the awareness of participants on the state of the human body, in terms of the cyclic circulation of Qi and Blood along the meridians that is synchronised with the hours of the day. Read the full story on IMU News.
  • IMU World Spine Day Activities Win First Prize
The IMU Chiropractic Team started the year with the good news of having won the First Prize under the Educational Institution Category for events conducted to mark the World Spine Day 2020, an annual event organised by the World Federation of Chiropractic. This year’s theme was “Back on Track”, recognising the impact of a lockdown on the musculoskeletal system. Read the full story on IMU News.
  • IMU Chiropractic Students Raises Spinal Awareness in October 2019
14 – 20 of October 2019 – For 2019 World Spine Day (WSD) celebrations, students of the IMU’s Chiropractic programme under the Centre for Complimentary and Alternate Medicine, led by Dr Kamal H B Parbhoo assisted in spreading awareness to Malaysian sport youth teams as well as universities on how to protect their spine from an early age. World Spine Day is a yearly event that takes place around the world with numerous countries taking part to promote spinal healthcare. Various events took place in the form of talks given by Dr Kumaran D Pillay to the National Dodgeball Team Malaysia, Malaysian Rugby Club, University KL, Archery team and football team. A university in Bukit Jalil invited the WSD team in July to conduct Spinal Screening and a Chiropractic talk with an interview on the benefits of WSD awareness. The event was a success with Chiropractic students screening almost a hundred people and Dr Kumaran and Kamal assisting with an emergency case while the WSD event was taking place. Full story on IMU News.

Engagement Activities

  • Renowned Lecturer from Shanghai Shared Knowledge and Experience on Clinical Anatomy of Dangerous Acupuncture Points
24 June 2019 – The IMU Chinese Medicine Department invited a renowned lecturer from the Shanghai University of Chinese Medicine, Guo Chun Xia, to give a public talk on “Clinical Anatomy of Dangerous Acupuncture Points” in the Senate Room at IMU. Due to limited seats, the talk only accepted a total of 85 participants from undergraduate students to healthcare practitioners as well as acupuncture enthusiasts. Full story on IMU News.
  • 2019 Chinese Medicine Week- ‘The Circadian Clock of TCM’
The first week of November every year is a memorable week for IMU Chinese Medicine (CM) students because this is the time for the annual Chinese Medicine Week, where a series of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices are showcased at the atrium of the university’s campus in Bukit Jalil. This year, the event was organised by students from cohorts CM 2/16 and CM 1/17 under the supervision of a lecturer, Dr Chep Lee. Held from 4 November to 6 November, this year’s event was themed “The Circadian Clock of TCM” or ZiWu LiuZhu in Chinese because this event would like to raise the awareness of participants on the state of the human body, in terms of the cyclic circulation of Qi and Blood along the meridians that is synchronised with the hours of the day. Read the full story on IMU News.

Achievements

  • IMU World Spine Day Activities Win First Prize
The IMU Chiropractic Team started the year with the good news of having won the First Prize under the Educational Institution Category for events conducted to mark the World Spine Day 2020, an annual event organised by the World Federation of Chiropractic. This year’s theme was “Back on Track”, recognising the impact of a lockdown on the musculoskeletal system. Read the full story on IMU News.

View from Our Community

Too Chow Moi

Patient

Chinese Medicine is not new to me. I was impressed with the acupuncture treatment received at IMU Chinese Medicine Centre (ICMC). After few sessions of acupuncture, my condition has improved significantly. I had been suffering for lower limbs oedema for years. Both the lecturer and students carried out their duty professionally. I will not hesitate to introduce my friends to IMU Healthcare.

Noor Shuhada Yop Ahmad

Student, MSc in Acupuncture

I’m practicing doctor and I’ve always had an interest to learn acupuncture. IMU has opened up an avenue for western evidence-based medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine to assimilate with each other. This is a great learning opportunity, and I’m proud to be among its pioneering batch of students.

Liu Chian Yong

Student, MSc in Acupuncture

Learning traditional Chinese Medicine is an eye-opener. The knowledge gained is beyond what I have expected. Integration of acupuncture to conventional treatment will benefit patients the most.

Goh Chin Loen

Student, MSc in Acupuncture

Memorable course. Proud to be first cohort of MSc in Acupuncture students in IMU, leading me to have the ability in performing acupuncture as a pain treatment for the benefit of patients.

Wong Pui Mun

Alumna, Chinese Medicine

Choosing IMU to pursue my dream of becoming a Chinese Medicine practitioner was one of the best decisions in my life. IMU Chinese Medicine programme did not only imparting the knowledge to students but it also trained students’ thinking ability. Apart from attending lectures, this course provided PBL sessions and supervised clinical practices. During my studies at IMU, I looked forward to PBL sessions as they were more interesting and we could learn from others through discussions. Knowledge without practice is useless, thus we have supervised clinical practice in the fourth year which allows us to apply our knowledge clinically. It has helped to improve our critical thinking and clinical skills, rather than learning everything by rote. IMU’s method of teaching has certainly trained us to become a competent Chinese medicine practitioner.

Get to Know Faculty Members of the Centre

The academic community of IMU pursues and achieves excellence in a wide range of research activities. Our faculty members are highly qualified and experienced in different disciplines.

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