Chinese Herbal Medicine


> What is Chinese Herbal Medicine ?

Chinese herbal medicine is perhaps one of the most widely used TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicines), it relies on herbal therapies in order to treat diseases. There are over 5000 different TCM herbal remedies to suit different types of issues such as illnesses, pains, inflammations and digestion issues.

> How does Chinese Herbal Medicine work ?

The most traditional method of Chinese Herbal Medicine is preparing (by crushing and mixing herbs) herbal formulas and decoctions which is a lengthy process, there are also pre-made herbal powders which are mixed together with hot water and drank like a tea, these are more convenient to prepare than the decoctions. There are also syrups which are soothing preparations made for coughs and sore throats and liniments which are plasters or salves covered with a herbal remedy then compressed on the affected area in order to treat pains and inflammation.

> Why should I study Chinese Herbal Medicine at Shulan College ?

Chinese herbal medicine is a great method of providing daily support to your patients, making treatments more effective. Chinese herbal medicine is often the choice for the more deep rooted conditions that require a more internal approach.  Since May 2011, Chinese herbal patent medicine has been regulated in the UK by the European Traditional Herbal Directive. This means that we can no longer simply prescribe patent herbal medicine to our patients. Prescribing herbs in dried or granule form is now the only method to get Chinese herbal medicine to our patients. By studying our Chinese Herbal Medicine Courses, you will be able to build a unique herbal prescription, or  modify the classic and modern formulas, to tailor each prescription to your patient’s needs.Chinese Herbal Medicine Courses

> Who can apply for the Chinese Herbal Medicine Course ?

Our Chinese Herbal Medicine Diploma is aimed at fully qualified Practitioners who have a practical knowledge of basic TCM Theory & TCM Diagnosis.

> Course Syllabus

Our course is aimed at anybody who wishes to learn Traditional Chinese Medicine, and become a fully qualified TCM Herbalist.  The course begins from scratch, with no prior knowledge needed, and will give the student the ability to practice a unique whole medical system.

> 1st Year of studying Chinese Herbal Medicine

In the first year, the emphasis will be on learning the Chinese Materia Medica, Chinese Herbal Medicine Theory and the identification of herbs. The college has its own dispensary of both dried herbs and herbal granules, where students will take a hands on approach with each herb in order to learn about identification and preparations.

Year 1 – Introduction and the Chinese Materia Medica


General properties and actions of Chinese medicinal herbs (including natures, tastes, meridian tropism, and toxicities.)
Processing of Chinese medicinal herbs
Compatibility of Chinese medicinal herbs
Contraindications of Chinese medicinal herbs
Dosages and administration

Materia Medica (Identification, properties, channels, function, indications, cautions, dosage)

Herbs that release the exterior
Herbs that clear heat
Herbs that are purgatives
Herbs that warm the interior
Herbs that regulate qi
Herbs that invigorate blood
Herbs that relieve food retention
Herbs that resolve phlegm
Herbs that tonify (yin, yang, qi, blood)
Herbs that are harmonising
Herbs that expel wind
Herbs that are for external use

> 2nd Year of studying Chinese Herbal Medicine

In year two, the focus will be on Chinese Herbal Medicine prescription building, looking at classical and modern formulas, and applying them to real life clinical situations.  Formulas will be looked at in detail and will be applied in context to common conditions seen in the clinic.

Year 2 – Classical Formulae and Prescription Building

Chinese Herbal Medicine Prescriptions

Building and modifying prescriptions
Common forms of prescriptions – capsules, granules, decoctions,

Classical & modern Chinese herbal formulas (ingredients, function, indications, cautions)

Formulas that release the exterior
Formulas that clear heat
Formulas that are purgatives
Formulas that warm the interior
Formulas that regulate qi
Formulas that invigorate blood
Formulas that relieve food retention
Formulas that resolve phlegm
Formulas that tonify (yin, yang, qi, blood)
Formulas that are harmonising
Formulas that expel wind
Formulas that are for external use

Common conditions seen in the clinic

Herbal formulas in relation to: Dermatological, Respiratory,
Gynaecological & Obstetrics, Men’s health, Pain, Gastrointestinal,
Ears/Nose/Throat, Emotional, Neurological, Genito-urinary,
Endocrinological, and Internal diseases.

> Chinese Herbal Medicine Course Details

Start Date: September 2018

Lecturers: Prof. Shulan Tang

Duration: Two years – One day per month, held from 10:00 to 17:00 plus an additional 400 hours over the two years spent in the clinic.  A schedule of session dates is available upon request.
Cost: The cost of the Chinese herbal medicine course is £2000 per year, payable in 12 instalments of £150 each year, plus a deposit of £350 upon registration that is redeemable against the last two sessions. This cost includes all clinical placements, and all herbal samples supplied throughout the course. Alternatively check out our course fees information page.
Location: The Chinese Herbal Medicine Course will be held at The Shulan College of Chinese Medicine, Didsbury, Manchester. *Students are also required to spend a total of 400 hours at our teaching clinics observing real cases and preparing herbal prescriptions.

> How to Apply

Please download our application form here and return it to us by email at info@shulancollege.co.uk, or fill in the contact form on the Contact Us page by clicking here.

Alternatively, email us at info@shulancollege.co.uk and we will send an application form for you to fill in. Or call us on +44 (0)161 448 1233 and speak to us directly.

> Further Study Options

At Shulan College of Chinese Medicine we understand the importance of your education in getting you the career you aspire and deserve as a result of your hard work and dedication to your field of study. There will be the opportunity to develop your Chinese Herbal Medicine knowledge further through our 3 year Masters Degree Program, a cChinese Herbal Medicine Courseollaboration between Shulan College and the NJUCM (Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine). This unique opportunity allows students to further their experience within the industry with the highest standard of teaching and resources readily available.

> FAQs

Is Herbal Medicine safe?
Yes, if practised by fully trained practitioners. Chinese herbal medicine has been used for over 2000 years and much research on its safety and efficacy has been published.  Although most herbs are perfectly safe to use under many circumstances, a small number of herbs have very strong effects, and care must be taken when using them.  Our course is designed to educate students to keep safety at the core of their practice, and professional schemes such as the ATCM are in place to keep practitioners up to date with current findings.

Can Herbal Medicine be used in conjunction with Western medicine?
Yes. Although extreme care must be given, Chinese medicine is a complementary therapy.  You will learn what herbs are contraindicated with certain drugs, so that you will feel comfortable treating patients currently taking Western drugs,

What conditions can be treated with herbal medicine?
Many conditions can be treated with Chinese herbal medicine – too many to detail, and we will cover a lot of conditions on our course.  Chinese herbal medicine is also often used to help support acupuncture,  or vise versa.