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Education in Traditional Chinese Medicine

As one of the SNRO-accredited institutes for Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Netherlands, we offer a unique curriculum in education in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tuina. Our more than 30 years of expertise in these programs brings Shenzhou Open University a remarkable reputation in this area, where both the school and its graduates can be proud of.


We also regularly organize TCM seminars and MBK refresher courses. We hope to be able to offer you a good choice with this season’s offer.

Our TCM Training Program

We offer a complete package with practical training, so that you can register as a therapist at a professional association and start your own clinic after completing the study.

Foundations of Chinese Medicine

1 year

During this course students are taught the basic concepts of traditional Chinese medicine and are introduced to Chinese philosophy which forms the cornerstones of TCM. This part of your studies is the necessary foundation to be able to study further, specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine or Tuina.

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2 years

During this course students are taught the basic concepts of traditional Chinese medicine and are introduced to Chinese philosophy which forms the cornerstones of TCM. This part of your studies is the necessary foundation to be able to study further, specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine or Tuina.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

2 years

The herbal medicine class introduces students in the knowledge of Chinese herbs and trains them to run a practice independently as well as to work safely, competently and effectively.

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2 years

During this course students are taught different techniques and applications of Tuina massage. This ancient technique of manipulation, originating in China, is applicable to treating various diseases. A solid knowledge of meridians and acupoints is necessary. Tuina massage is suitable for all adults and works especially well for children.

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Foundations of Western Medicine

1 year

This intensive training in Western medicine is designed for anyone who is studying physically based complementary medicine in order to gain knowledge in anatomy, physiology and pathology at a professional level.

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More than 30 years of expertise


Internship in Shenzhou clinic

Very experienced teacher team

TCM Seminars

Shenzhou Open University of TCM frequently organizes TCM and Western Medicine seminars. With our program for this season, we hope to offer you a good choice.

22 June, 2024

Yifan Yang

Online- 8 days Mental and Psychosomatic Disorders (8-8)

The mental and psychosomatic disorders are often seen in TCM practice. The therapies, particularly acupuncture, herbs, Tuina and lifestyle advice can reduce the suffering of the patients as in TCM mind and body are closely linked together, and the Seven Emotions are considered as the causative factors of disorders. In this webinar series, Dr. Yifan Yang will put her study and experience both in China and in the West together, to discuss a series of mental and psychosomatic disorders and the possibility of treatment in TCM in a dynamic way. Meanwhile, she will give valuable advice and tips for therapy selection, sequence, prognosis, cautions, limitations as well as how to work together with present psychotherapies and medications in western medicine.

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13 September 2024

Lili Huang


Depression is one of the common mental disorders, afflicting an estimated 5% of the adults worldwide. It is characterized by persistent depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, recurrent thoughts of death, and physical and cognitive symptoms.
Depression consists of different forms and the current seminar will focus mostly on the major depressive disorder (MDD). It will present an overview on the prevalence, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and managements of depression. Importantly, the seminar will explore different treatment options of depression.

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26 September 2024

Toine Korthout


Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by muscle pain and tender points distributed throughout the body, along with a range of other possible symptoms. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has included fibromyalgia in its disease classification system, ICD-10, there is still no consensus on identifiable, objective physical abnormalities. Nonetheless, patients suffer from symptoms, and the diagnosis is made by excluding other diagnoses. During this interactive training day, we will focus on the symptoms experienced by patients, potential causes, and treatment options. Differential diagnostic considerations will also be discussed. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to share (both personal and professional) experiences among course participants.

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Seminar Cosmetic Acupuncture  at Shenzhou Open University of TCM

10 & 11 October, 2024

Inge Brodöhl

Cosmetic Acupuncture

This 2 day workshop will introduce you to the world of cosmetic acupuncture focusing on the theory and the practice.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a safe and interesting alternative to fillers and other popular, but invasive cosmetic treatments. It has TCM roots and uses a holistic approach to the topic of beauty.
The workshop is divided in two parts.The first day we will learn about the aging and regeneration processes of the skin from a Western medical point of view,including anatomical and physiological aspects explaining the function,aging and regeneration of the skin.

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23+24 November 2024

Baifang Zhu

TCM Dermatology

The course consists of four main parts:
1. Overview of TCM dermatology:
Systematic introduction of Syndrome differentiation and treatment characteristics of skin Disorders
2. Diagnosis and treatments of common skin diseases
vitiligo, Herpes zoster, Herpes simplex and skin fungal infections
3. Diagnosis and treatment of difficult skin diseases
Erythroderma and Chronic Lower Leg Ulcers
4. Introduction of Topical TCM Remedies for Skin Disorders with Hands-on Practice

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9 januari 2025

Toine Korthout

Medical Ethics

Sooner or later, incidentally or frequently, therapists will meet in their contacts with patients circumstances where different options to act present themselves. In such cases it is often not a matter of choosing between just black and white, but merely between the one grey and the other. Arguments pro or contra can be put forward for any possible option. That what does justice to one principle might detract from the other, and vice versa. Norms prescribe how to act, but different norms might seem inconsistent towards each other. Nevertheless, choices must be made in given circumstances. Ethics may help you to make responsible choices. Medical ethics does so in cases related to patients and healthcare.

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Our full range of training courses are accredited by SNRO at HBO bachelor level with 240 ECs.
(incl. Basic Medical Knowledge 40 EC)

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With more than 30 years of teaching experience behind us, we have built an excellent reputation in our field, which the school and alumni can be proud of.

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