Chinese Herbal Medicine Course
- RAccredited by SNRO
- RExperienced lecturer team
- RInteractive Practice groups
- RApprenticeships in our own clinic
Tuition fee is
€ 2.100,- per year
Chinese herbs compliments acupuncture therapy
In China, the study of herbal medicine is integrated in TCM education. Acupuncture therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine when combined, not only complement each other, but also reinforce each other.
In the West, students often embark on this course after the completion of the acupuncture course. The advantage then is that Chinese medical concepts are already integrated, making the study of Chinese herbs more tangible.
In addition to the teacher contact hours, you will work together with fellow students in a Literature study group and practise together in the Interactive Practice groups.
During the first year of the Herbal Medicine course, the apprenticeship takes place mainly at the herbal department preparing herbal prescriptions. In the second year it is possible to do your apprenticeship at herbal specialists. On top of that you can sign up for up to 10 practical days under supervision. Finally students will write a thesis to complete their course.
“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.
Graduated from Shanghai University of TCM in 1982. From 1982 until 1985, he worked as a physician at the Xinjiang Hospital of Chinese Medicine. He obtained his master’s degree at the College of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Beijing University of TCM in 1988.
Shulan Tang graduated with a bachelor degree in Nanjing University of TCM and with a master degree in Beijing university of TCM. After 7 years of working experience in the hospitals in China, she moved to England in 1991. Her schedule includes full-time practice in her private clinic, contributions to TCM journals and is a […]
Jidong Wu has worked as professor at Nanjing University of TCM and moved to England in 1993. Since then he has been academically and clinically active in the Chinese medicine field.
Dan Tan is Academic Dean of Shenzhou Open University of TCM and a passionate and conscientious academic professional with much teaching & clinical practice experience, mainly in the UK and China, within the Higher Education Sectors. Dan has spent over 10 years at Middlesex University.
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
- Basic theory, concepts, properties and taste of single herbs
- Single herbs, herbal formulas and their functions
- Chemistry, pharmacology and guidelines for safety use of
- 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
Practice and Internship
After completing the Basic Year of Chinese Medicine – or the full acupuncture study – the practical part of herbal medicine consists of the following parts. Case studies are discussed during each lesson. You learn to determine which herbal recipe is suitable for a particular patient on the basis of symptoms and analysis.
In addition, you will do an internship in the Shenzhou herbal department during the first year. Here you get to know the real ingredients of the different herbal recipes, you help to prepare and weigh them and prepare the recipes for shipping.
In the second year, you will do internships in clinics of TCM practitioners who specialize in treatment with Chinese herbs.
- September: 3+4 (online)
- October: 8+9 (online)
- November: 12+13 (online)
- December: 17+18 (online)
- January: 14+15 (online)
- February: 11+12 +Exam
- March: 18+19 (online)
- April: 15+16 (online)
- May: 6+7 (online)
- June: 3+4
- July: Exam
Each TCM education has the following study requirements:
- Teacher contact study
- Self study
- Clinical apprenticeship
- Interactive practice
- Literature study group
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 purchase a number of books and for Western Medicine, a mandatory reader. Extended syllabi will be distributed during the course via the student-site.
Below, only the mandatory study books are listed. After registration you will also receive a list of books which are optional.
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 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
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.