Shenzhou Open University of TCM

Shenzhou Open University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Herbal Medicine Education

Completion of the Foundation of Chinese Medicine is a prerequisite for the Herbal Medicine course.

The purpose of the herbal medicine training is to educate herbalist candidates in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, who can independently run a practice and work safely, competently and effectively. This course is also suitable for fully qualified acupuncturists with a valid diploma in Acupuncture who have not studied Chinese herbs previously or who have only studied Patent Formulas.

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 takes place with herbal specialists. In the second year writing a thesis is part of the program.

In addition to the teacher contact hours you work together with fellow students in a Literature study group and practice together in the Interactive Practice groups. During these two years of Chinese Herbal Medicine study the amount of apprenticeship hours gradually increases so that you will be ready to practice independently in your own practice after graduation.


  • Basic theory and concepts of single herbs, properties and tastes, structure of a formula
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Herbs and formulas and their functions
  • Chemistry, pharmacology and guidelines for safe use of
    Chinese herbs
  • Quality assurance of Chinese herbs, European regulations, forbidden animal and botanical medical substances in Europe
  • Dispensing of herbs
  • Composing of herbal prescriptions
  • Differentiation and treatment of various diseases
  • Walk steadily over the bridge: from class to clinic


Please note: We plan our courses carefully but unforeseen situations can occur during the study year. Therefore schedules are subject to change. Shenzhou reserves the right to modify the schedule in the course of the year. Courses might be suspended in case the number of registered students is insufficient.

Education Herbal Medicine at Shenzhou Open University of TCM

Duration: 2 years

Accreditation: SNRO 200 EC (including FCM)

Tuition fee: € 1.900,–  per year including exams, Syllabus (except textbooks), tea & coffee

Language: English