The normal route for membership of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) is via graduation from a UK educational institution that has been accredited by the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA). Graduates of colleges affiliated to the RCHM with such accreditation have automatic right of entry. Courses run by Accredited Educational Institutions meet the minimum standards for theory, clinical experience and western sciences that are required for the practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine in the UK.

The RCHM also welcomes applications from practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine who have graduated from institutions other than those accredited by the EHTPA, such as those who have qualified outside the UK (for instance PRC medical school graduates and graduates of Korean and Japanese TCM medical colleges), and where those institutions have been subject to a comparable accreditation process. Applicants who have not graduated from an Accredited Educational Institution will be asked to present evidence of training, qualifications and experience. These applicants attend a stringent personal interview. In addition all candidates who apply by this route will have their training mapped against the EHTPA’s Core Curriculum and their competence will be mapped against the EHTPA’s Standards of Proficiency. This is to determine that the applicant has met the same standards and covered the same material that is reached and taught in Accredited Educational Institutions.


RCHM Members & Acupuncture

Most practitioners of Chinese Herbal Medicine will have completed a degree level course in acupuncture before becoming a herbalist, and will be able to offer this as part of your treatment, should you require it.

If you are seeking treatment with both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine it is recommended that you check at the outset that a practitioner is qualified in both.


The Kampo Association

Kampo, literally way of the Han (Chinese), is the name given to Chinese Herbal Medicine in Japan, where the herbal formulae are approved as prescription-medicines. Some RCHM members practice Kampo.

Kampo originates in a Chinese medical classic, the Shang Han Lun , and there are some differences in the way a Kampo herbalist might work due to the way in which the tradition has evolved in Japan.

A particular feature of Kampo practice is that the herbal formulae are not altered at the discretion of the physician, since the classical formulae are regarded as the culmination of long empirical experience. Dosages are comparatively small and the herbs are most often taken in granulated powder form. People who have graduated from the Kampo Apprentice course in the UK will probably be members of the Kampo UK.