What happens when I go for treatment?
During your initial appointment a detailed assessment will take place. After you have told us about your concerns we will ask you more general questions about your health and lifestyle. We will take your pulse at the wrists, look at your tongue and, depending on the issues you come with, we may carry out a physical examination such as palpating painful areas or looking at your skin. All of this will help in making a Chinese medicine diagnosis. We will then prescribe a herbal formula for you. We make the formula and dosage appropriate and specific to you and your response to treatment is carefully monitored with regular follow-up appointments.
How do I take the herbs?
The herbal formulas can be taken either as dried herbs, which are prescribed to be boiled up at home, or, more commonly, as concentrated powders, which are taken stirred into hot water.
How long do I take the herbs for?
A typical course of treatment would involve taking the herbs daily for several months. This may vary as each person and course of treatment is unique and individual.
How often do I come to the clinic?
You will come for your initial consultation which will last about two hours and you will have follow-up consultations throughout your treatment, to modify the formula as changes occur in your condition. Follow-ups are generally once every two to four weeks and last just over an hour.
Who will I be seen by?
As this is a teaching clinic you will be seen by the students on our MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine course, working under supervision of our highly-qualified and experienced supervisors Cheng Hao Zhou and Eileen Gibbon. All the students on this course are already qualified acupuncturists, many trained here at the Northern College of Acupuncture, and most have already been running their own acupuncture practices for many years.
What about government regulation?
The government are in the process of organising State Registration for all herbal medicine practitioners and this means that, in a couple of years’ time, everyone who practises as a herbalist will have to be fully qualified and state registered, including our students when they finish their course.
Are herbs safe?
All our procedures comply with the Code of Practice of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM). This safeguard ensures that all the herbal medicines we use have undergone thorough quality control checks. We also make the formula and dosage appropriate and specific to you and your response to treatment is carefully monitored with treatment adjusted as needed. Click here to find out more about the RCHM.
What about using endangered animals and plants?
We have very strict controls about this, in line with UK and international law. We don’t use any animal products and all the herbs we use in our clinic are subject to the highest standards of professional quality control. All our procedures comply with the Code of Practice of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).
How much does it cost?
As this is a teaching clinic our costs are a lot lower than private clinics.
Your initial consultation costs £15
Follow-up consultation cost £10
Expect to pay around £25 for herbs lasting three weeks.
How do I book?
The Chinese herbal medicine teaching clinic is on Monday and/or Tuesdays 9am to 5pm.
Call us on 01904 343305 - our reception is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4:30pm or send an e-mail enquiry.
You can refer your patients to us for herbal medicine only, at priority rates.