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Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Course

The Chinese herbal medicine course introduces students to the use of Chinese herbs and formulas. As part of the program, it offers training in our herbal pharmacy where they will receive first-hand interaction with Chinese herbs as well as being supervised by our team of experienced doctors.

This course teaches students how to think like a Chinese herbalist and prepare herbal formulas for treatment of different ailments.

  • RAccredited by SNRO
  • RExperienced lecturer team
  • RInteractive Practice groups
  • RApprenticeships in our own clinic

Study duration of 2 years

See Class Schedule

English spoken

Tuition fee is
€ 1.950,- per year

including exams, Syllabus (except Study books), tea & coffee. Excluding € 95, – registration costs.

Chinese herbs compliments acupuncture therapy

The use of correct Chinese herbal formula complements and reinforces acupuncture treatments. Therefore the combination of the two Chinese medicine therapies often can reach more effective results in clinical practice than with acupuncture treatment alone.

In the West, this study is often followed after the completion of the acupuncture course. The advantage is that the Chinese medical concepts are already integrated, making the study of Chinese herbs more tangible for students.

In addition to the teacher contact hours you will work together with fellow students in a Literature study group and practice together in the Interactive Practice groups. During the first year of the Herbal Medicine course, the apprenticeship takes place mainly at the herbal dispensary preparing herbal prescriptions, whilst the second year apprenticeship will take place with herbal specialists. In the second and final year, students write a thesis about the subject as part of the course programme.

“After you have graduated, you are ready to independently practice the profession of Chinese herbalist”

Meet your teachers

Below is a brief introduction of the teachers of the Acupuncture Course. On the page Teachers and internship supervisors you will find an extensive introduction of all teachers.

Yifan Yang

After having graduated from the traditional and Western medicine at the Beijing University of TCM from 1977 to 1982, she has worked as both teacher and doctor in the Chinese herbal formula department and completed her master’s degree in Chinese herbal medicine and formulae.

Ray Maien

He been trained as acupuncturist at the Academy for Chinese Medicine Qing Bai, in Amersfoort. Afterwards he went to study Chinese herbal medicine at Shenzhou Open University of TCM in Amsterdam with teacher Yifan Yang.

Youping Zhu

Educated primarily in pharmaceutical sciences (B.Sc., 1982) and specialized in Pharmacognosy of Chinese herbal medicine (Ph.D., 1989), Dr. Zhu is responsible for quality control and regulatory affairs at CMC Tasly Group BV, The Netherlands.

Be inspired to learn more about what Shenzhou Open University of TCM has to offer and are ready to embrace a new career path in your life.

Practical information about the

Chinese Herbal Medicine Course

Lesson program

  • Basic theory, concepts, properties and taste of single herbs
  • Single herbs, herbal formulas and their functions
  • Chemistry, pharmacology and guidelines for safety use of
    Chinese herbs
  • Quality assurance of Chinese herbs, European regulations, forbidden animal and botanical medical substances in Europe
  • Principles of prescribing herbal formulas
  • Administering of herbs 
  • Differentiation and treatment of various diseases
  • ‘Walk steadily over the bridge’: from class to clinic


    Basically, during the education students receive case analysis, discussion, acupuncture technique training, Tuina Manipulation practice, etc., in the classroom in different groups after the study of TCM Foundations. Besides students need to fulfill mandatory clinical training.

    Amount of hours

    Practical training: 124 uur
    Clinical apprenticeship: 280 uur

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    Class Schedule

    1e year,  2020

    • September 5 + 6
    • October 3 + 4
    • November 7 + 8
    • December 5 + 6

    1e year,  2021

    • January 9 + 10
    • January 30 + 31
    • March 20 + 21
    • April 10 + 11
    • May 1 + 2
    • June 19 + 20

    2e year,  2020

    • September 19 + 20
    • October 17 + 18
    • November 14 + 15
    • December 12 + 13

    2e year,  2021

    • January 23 + 24
    • February 20 (midterm exam) + 21
    • March 20 + 21
    • April 17 + 18
    • May 15 + 16
    • June 12 + 13

      Study requirements

      Each TCM education has the following study requirements:

      • Teacher contact study
      • Self study
      • E-learning
      • Clinical apprenticeship
      • Interactive practice
      • Literature study group
      • Portfolio
      • Examination

      This means that in addition to the ten teaching weekends per study year, the student needs to spend a substantial time for self-study, (practical) group study and apprenticeship.

        Study material and study books

        Students have to buy a number of books. Extended syllabi will be distributed during the course via the student-site.

        Please do not purchase books from this list before your registration.After your registration our study coordinators will inform you about the most recent list of mandatory books with additional information such as edition and ISBN numbers!

        • Chinese Herbal Medicine, Materia Medica and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Formulas & Strategies (two volumes), Dan Bensky 
        • The treatment of modern Western medical diseases with Chinese medicine, Bob Flaws
        • The Practice of Herbs and Formulae (syllabi),
          Shenzhou Open University of TCM 
        • Chinese Herbal Medicines: Comparisons and Characteristics, Yifan Yang
        • Chinese Herbal Formulas: Treatment Principles and Composition Strategies, Yifan Yang 
        • Chinese Medicine Study Guide: Formulae, Li Qing-ye



        All our English and Dutch TCM-programmes have been fully accredited by the independent accreditation organisation SNRO with 200 EC according to the newest higher professional education standards (HBO).

        Together with our SNRO accredited Western Medicine courses this leads to a total of 240 EC. This enables our graduates to operate at a similar level as HBO bachelor graduates in the Dutch health care system as well as being able to give VAT free health treatments.

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