Dr Dimitriou Ioannis

MD, PT, CCH, MSc Acu., PhD TCM

Course Director

Giannis Dimitriou studied at the School of Physiotherapy of Charles University in Prague from 1998 to 2001 and at the School of Physiotherapy at the TEI of Lamia from 2001 to 2002. From 2002 to 2003 he studied at the Tian Jin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. , from 2003 to 2005 he studied Chinese at the Tian Jin Institute of Culture and Foreign Languages ​​and at the same time practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine in various hospitals and clinics in China. From 2005 to 2011 he studied Medicine at the Medical School of the University of Athens. At the same time from 2006 to 2008 he studied homeopathy at the National Society for Homeopathic Medical Cooperation. From 2009 to 2012 he studied in the postgraduate program “Acupuncture and Tui Na” of the Tian Jin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. After three years of research (2012-2015) in Chinese Medicine as a Chinese Fellow at the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in 2015 he received his PhD from the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In 2017, after two years of study, he received a Diploma in Medical Osteopathy and became a member of the College of Medical Osteopathy in London. Recently he has completed MSc in Mental Health Promotion and Prevention of Psychiatric Disorders, in the 1st Department of Psychiatry in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and published the paper “Randomised Controlled Clinical Trial for Assessing the Efficacy of Acupuncture on Emotion of Stress and Quality of Life ”

Tzigkounakis Giorgos


Director of Studies

Giorgos Tzigounakis is a healthcare professional with a strong academic background and extensive experience in the field of acupuncture, physiotherapy, and nutritional medicine.

He completed his undergraduate studies in the United Kingdom, graduating with First Class Honours/Distinction in BSc (Hons) Acupuncture from the University of East London (UEL). During his studies, he completed a clinical placement of over 400 hours in the university’s clinic, which provided him with valuable hands-on experience in treating patients with a variety of medical conditions.

He then pursued his interest in physiotherapy in order to further solidified his knowledge and expertise in musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation and graduated with First Class Honours/Distinction in BSc (Hons) Applied Physiotherapy from the University of Coventry. His innovative and pioneering research dissertation, “Effect of Sound as a Pseudo-drug,” earned him an additional honors award from Aegean College – Omiros Educational Group. Moreover, he obtained a Certification in the application of Digital Theromgraphy for Sports and Health.

He then continued his postgraduate studies completing a 3-year MSc of Medicine in Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Tuina at the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TUTCM), in China. This experience provided him with an in-depth understanding of traditional Chinese medicine and further refined his skills in acupuncture.

Giorgos’s pursuit of knowledge and expertise continued completing his postgraduate studies in Nutritional Medicine (MSc) at the University of Surrey, UK. Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Nutritional Psychology (Cert. Nutritional Psychology) from John F. Kennedy University.

He is also an active member and volunteer at Doctors of the World Greece (MdM), using his expertise to help underserved communities. He is a certified lifeguard, gym instructor, and a Professor in the art of Capoeira, which speak to his commitment to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

Member of Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Member of  British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
Member of  Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
Board Member of Hellenic Society of Chinese Medicine (ΕΣΚΙ)
Member & Director of studies  Hellenic Corporation of Chinese Medicine (HCCM)
Member and Instructor of  National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA GR)

Guest Teachers

Professor Zhong Qiang-wei


Professor Zhong Qiang-wei graduated in 1983 from the Department of Chinese Medicine at Tianjin College of TCM, and worked as a professor in the acupuncture department. In 1988, he graduated with a postgraduate degree (MSc) in acupuncture and worked at the same college until 2002 in the education of international students.

Since 2003 he has been working as a professor at Tian Jin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China in undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate (MSc) departments.

He has more than 30 years of work experience, focusing on teaching the Basic Theory of Chinese Medicine, diagnosis, and acupuncture.

Clinically specializes in the treatment of diseases of the digestive system, cerebrovascular diseases, and mental disorders.

Bartosz Chmielowski


Bartosz Chmielnicki is a physician, scholarship fellow of Oxford University, an experienced acupuncturist, popular and respected teacher and also a founder of Acuart. He has run his own acupuncture practice for more than ten years. He has taught acupuncture in Poland, Czechia, Germany, Great Britain and Israel.

He is well known as the author of unique didactic materials, which helps students from Europe. He wrote a book on twenty basic eight pulses known in Chinese Medicine, which was translated into German and English. Doctor Chmielnicki regularly publishes in leading journals in Poland, United States and Germany. He is the founder of the research project Gates of Life, in which cooperated with Rani Ayal and Yair Maimon. He also started a project known Evidence Based Acupuncture, which is the most comprehensive database, collecting texts on mechanisms and safety of acupuncture. He is a co-author of the Acuart teaching programme and is responsible for everyday supervision of classes.

Alberto Cantidio Ferreira


Alberto Cantidio Ferreira is a physiotherapist from Brazil, with a three-year postgraduate degree (MSc) in Acupuncture, in the Department of Chinese Medicine at Tian Jin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

He was a personal student of Shi Xue-min whose acupuncture technique became the main technique for repairing neurological diseases in China.

Alberto Cantidio Ferreira studied and practiced in many different hospitals and cities in China, including Beijing, Tianjin, Mian Yang and Kun Ming. He returned to Brazil after completing his Master’s degree in 2016 and since then has been teaching acupuncture seminars related to the rehabilitation of neurological diseases.

Dr. Henry Tarazona Medina

PhD Acu., MSc TCM

Henry Tarazona Medina holds a PhD and a MSc on Acupuncture and Tuina from the Tianjin University of Chinese Medicine (TUTCM) in Tianjin, China. He also holds a Certificate in Sexology, orientation, and sexual therapy from the Instituto Europeo de Formación y Consultoría in Spain.

Henry Tarazona has an experience of over 10 years of practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in China. He is specialized in pain management, hemiplegia, facial paralysis, and sexual therapy.

Moreover, he is a specialist in philology of the classics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, translation, and interpretation.

He currently leaves and work in Canada.

Xin Yue Xu


Xin Yue Xu has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for the past 18 years. Educated at Dalian Medical College, China, she graduated with a degree in Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

She then completed her postgraduate studies at the China Beijing International Academy of Chinese Medical Science (CBIATC) International Acupuncture Training Center, and in 1995 was appointed TCM doctor at Wafangdian Hospital in China.

Today, Xin has her own acupuncture and herbal clinic in south west London, Staines, Surrey UK. She has also worked as a lecturer and clinical intern at the University of East London (UEL) and the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in London.

Christina Maniavou


Christina Maniavou, M.Sc. TCM, is a graduate of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. At this University she received a Master’s degree in Acupuncture, Heat Therapy and Tui Na. Prior to her MSc studies, she graduated with a diploma in Acupuncture.

The last decade, she has been trained with international teachers and has attended dozens of seminars around the world.

She specialises in: Promoting childbirth, Childbirth problems, Infertility, Facial and body aesthetics, Menstrual dysfunction.

She also has a BSc in Information Technology (IT).

Jonathan Chang

Lic.Ac., BSc TCM

Jonathan Chang graduated from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2012 with a degree in Chinese Medicine. From 2008 to 2017 he studied with Wang Ju-yi in Beijing, and was Dr. Wang’s full-time assistant at the Wang Ju-yi Applied Channel Theory Research Center and Clinic. In August 2012, he was recognized by the Beijing Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association and Wang Ju-yi as an apprentice and official instructor of Applied Channel Theory. In 2015, he was recognized as one of Wang Ju-yi’s indoor apprentices.

He was one of the main contributors to two of Dr. Wang’s Chinese language books — Wang Ju-yi’s Applied Channel Theory Clinical Case Studies (2014) and An Introduction to Applied Channel Theory (2016).

Since 2017, he has been practicing at the Ling Lan TCM clinic, which is located in Beijing, China.


Katerina Simati


Katerina Simati was born in Aigio and completed her studies at the Department of Physiotherapy of the Technological Educational Institute of Patras.

She has attended a special 60 hour training program for Physiotherapists in Dry Needling Acupuncture in Madrid, Spain. She has participated (Co-Author) in a clinical trial at the University of San Jorge (Zaragoza) assessing the efficiency of the dry needle technique to neurological patients.

She has successfully completed the 200-hour acupuncture training program by the Hellenic Society of Chinese Medicine with Distinction grade, and she is currently completing her MSc in Physical Activity Therapy through Therapeutic Yoga.

She is a member of the Panhellenic Physiotherapists’ Association (PSF) and the Hellenic Society of Chinese Medicine. She specializes in Dry needling, Clinical Pilates (HOMDT) and the ERGON IASTM myofascial release technique.

She also works as a teacher at the Aegean College, and the Educational Training Institute (IEK) “Omiros” in the Department of Physiotherapy.