Exploring the Web: developing your understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Andrew Flower (9 days in April, May, June 2018)


Those who attend this course with the intention of proceeding to the full herbal training course will receive a £300 discount on the first years fees of the herb course. This course will provide an in depth understanding of the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for health care providers. It is designed to meet the curriculum requirements that will enable those who are interested to undertake the full training in Chinese herbal medicine due to start in September 2018.

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Course Description

Learning objectives:

  • To describe basic processes involving the vital substances (Qi, Blood, Jing, Jin Ye) described by Chinese medical physiology and to understand how these are affected by pathological changes.
  • To explore how these pathological processes can be described according to the 8 Principles.
  • To present Zang Fu physiology and develop an understanding of the aetiology and pathology of Zang Fu disorders with a particular reference to TCM syndromes.
  • To introduce additional descriptions of TCM pathological mechanisms including the Six Channel patterns and the Four Levels of disease.
  • To understand how different syndromes interact to form complex patterns of disease.
  • To provide students with practical skills in TCM diagnostic methods including the 10 questions, tongue and pulse diagnosis to allow students to formulate a TCM style diagnosis.
  • To be able to diagnose TCM patterns by integrating data from tongue, pulse and symptom patterns
  • To be able to formulate TCM treatment principles, and identify root and branch treatments.


  • Lecture + Power point or Prezi
  • Discussion of case studies
  • Practical in-class diagnostic assessment
  • Online learning material will be available before and during the course.


For those requiring a certificate of achievement then a structured assessment is available for an additional cost of £50. This will involve:

  • Short written tests on material covered on previous sessions (20%)
  • Case history assignments (60%)
  • In-class clinical assessment on fellow students (20%)

Entry requirements

This course is available to any health care provider who wants to develop or deepen their understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine including osteopaths, Western herbal practitioners, and conventional medics and nurses.

Dates and Times

The course will be delivered over 3 long week-ends on

13-14-15 April 2018
18-19-20 May 2018
22-23-24 June 2018

Times: 9.30 am to 5 pm

Tutor: Andrew Flower

Andrew Flower has been practising acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) since 1992. On graduating he gained a wide range of experience working in private practice, and within the UK National Health Service and voluntary sector working with people with HIV/AIDS and with drug and alcohol addictions. He is a past President of the UK Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and has advised the European Herbal Traditional Practitioners Association on developing research strategies in Europe. In 2009 Andrew completed his PhD at The University of Southampton exploring the role of Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of endometriosis. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers relating to Chinese medicine research, including two Cochrane systematic reviews. He co-ordinated an EU project that prepared guidelines to improve the quality of clinical trials into Chinese medicine. In 2011 he was awarded a 5 year NIHR Post doctoral Fellowship to investigate Chinese herbs for the treatment of recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs) that has resulted in the RUTI trial that started recruiting in Feb 2016. He has a special interest in providing supportive treatment for people with cancer. He is a founder member of the White Crane Academy of CHM and is passionate about the therapeutic potential of herbal medicines…and the importance of rigorous training to ensure this potential is realised.


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