When does it run?
This practical clinic-based training runs every Friday in
term time, it started on 15 March, 2013
What is its focus?The CICM herb
course is a practical clinic-based training in Chinese herbal medicine, providing a
professional clinical training for acupuncturists who already hold a BSc honours degree in
acupuncture, or equivalent.
It focuses strongly on helping you to learn herbs
and formulas and how to apply them in a clinical setting, while rooting the knowledge in
Classics such as the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage).
formulas, you will find that your knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis will
At end of the training, you will be able to prescribe key
Chinese medicine formulas, and will understand the way the herbs work together to make up
You will have a good grasp of the actions of individual
herbs and the way they combine with other herbs, and will be able to use these
combinations to modify classical formulas.
This will give you the tools to write
individually tailored prescriptions for your patients, and to modify them according to the
Research will be on-going and clinic
"My expectations of the course were more than met. I chose to return to the College to learn about patent herbs and stayed on to take the full herb course." Hye-Eun Hills, graduated 2004
Do I need prior qualifications?
The CICM herb
course is open to anyone holding a BSc in acupuncture or the equivalent, with current
memebership of a professional body.
You will need a good working knowledge of TCM
(Traditional Chinese Medicine).
What qualification and accreditation does it lead
The CICM herb course leads to a Graduate Diploma (GD) in Chinese
The GD is degree-level without being a degree course, which
gives us the freedom to run a course that is practice based and professionally
It is accredited by the TCMAB (Traditional Chinese Medicine
Accreditation Board), the accrediting body of the ATCM (Association of Traditional Chinese
Medicine), and leads to eligibility for membership of the ATCM and inclusion on their
Will our students be eligible for
registration when/if statutory regulation come in?
No-one can predict what
the government will decide about the future regulation of Chinese herbal medicine. Opinion
differs greatly on the issue of the future validity of degree versus degree-level
trainings. At CICM, we have taken extensive advice (including informally from the HPC
(Health Professions Council)). For registration with HPC, the only degree requirement is a
Bachelors level degree. All our students will already hold a BSc in acupuncture, and it is
quite normal for HPC to accredit graduate diploma courses that are further professional
training for students who hold an initial BSc. Chinese Herbal Medicine thus falls well
into this model of accreditation.
Of course, at this stage that we don't
even know if Chinese medicine will be accredited by HPC in the future. However, whatever
happens at governmental level, it is highly likely that the government will be obliged to
deal with both lead bodies, ATCM and RCHM. It is very unlikely that they will fail to
listen to the Chinese community, and the ATCM are in agreement with us that the
requirement for accreditation should be a degree-level qualification but not necessarily a
Who are the teachers?
The course will be run by
leading teachers and practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine in the UK, including Frances Turner, Danny
Blythe, Huide Jin, Greg Lampert, Rupert Lander and Michael Pringle. Please
see the prospectus for more information.
How do I enrol?
the application form here.
For more information, please
see the prospectus, or contact Frances Turner 01491652569 or Michael Pringle at the
College of Integrated Chinese Medicine 0118 950 8880.