For Practitioners

The RCHM is the only organisation in the UK dedicated to promoting Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM). We're a diverse community of motivated and highly skilled individuals who've come to CHM via many different routes, but who are all sustained by the knowledge that every day our unique form of medicine is offering significant benefits to patients. As practitioners, we often work closely alongside GPs and specialists in Western-style medicine (as well as other complementary health practitioners) to give patients the very best level of care. By offering a unique perspective on health and disease, Chinese Herbal Medicine and its allied practices can often succeed where other medical approaches have struggled to help.


Find out about the many benefits of being an RCHM member - from further training, to promoting CHM, to enjoying being part of a community of like-minded colleagues - at Benefits of joining the RCHM

Getting Qualified

Thinking of studying Chinese Herbal Medicine? Choose a course that will give you sufficient training for safe and competent practice. For further info - see Training in CHM

CPD & Events

The RCHM organises regular CPD webinars/seminars to allow members to improve their clinical skills, as well as other events such as the yearly conference and a members' day at the Bristol Chinese Herb Garden, all in support of our herbal community.

Safe ingredients

An important part of the RCHM's work is helping safeguard the public. One way we do this is to offer practitioners access to a list of companies whose herbal supplies have passed a stringent medical audit; for details, see Approved Supplier Scheme

Growing botanical knowledge

The garden created by a partnership between the RCHM and the Botanic Garden of the University of Bristol offers a focus for both CHM teaching and conservation, as well as comprising a living collection of medicinal herbs; for details, see RCHM Chinese Herb Garden

Reduction on insurance

RCHM members are able to benefit from a reduced rate on professional insurance via a bulk-insurance scheme from specialist brokers Balens, which covers practitioners in their use of Chinese Herbal Medicine, acupuncture and any other allied practices they have trained in; for details, see Professional insurance

Further information

There are a number of other organisations that help promote Chinese Herbal Medicine and its allied practices – for details, see Useful links