Optimising your practise with Chinese Herbal Medicine – 9 February

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This open day is an introduction to the practise of Chinese herbal medicine. It will consider ways of characterising a herb ranging from the shamanic to bio-active compounds and discuss it’s application in a modern clinical setting.

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Cost: Free

Date: Sunday 9 February

Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: International College of Oriental Medicine, van Buren House, Green Hedges Avenue, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1DZ

This open day is an introduction to the practise of Chinese herbal medicine. It will consider ways of characterising a herb ranging from the shamanic to bio-active compounds and discuss it’s application in a modern clinical setting.

Key learning objectives will be:

  • A description of the key theoretical principles of herbal medicine including the flavour, temperature, actions, indications and empirical use of herbs
  • An understanding of how a herbal formula is constructed?
  • An appreciation of what Chinese herbal medicine can treat and how it combines with acupuncture
  • The current status of CHM in the UK
  • Safety and Chinese herbal medicine
  • Home remedies that you can recommend to your family and patients

This open day is open to anyone interested in finding out more about Chinese herbal medicine.

Tutor: Andrew Flower PhD MRCHM

Andrew Flower is the Principal of the white Crane Academy of Chinese Herbal Medicine which has been based at ICOM since 2018.

Andrew 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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