MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine - Year Two
During Year Two of our MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine you will encounter some additional herbs & formulae and also revisit the herbs and formulae from Year One through the lens of a range of diseases and conditions, thereby deepening, extending and embedding your knowledge and understanding of the application of Chinese herbal medicine. Once again, this comes alive in clinic where there is supervisor support throughout. You will have the opportunity to increasingly take the lead in managing treatment, so you can develop confidence to practise independently.
Managing Disease and Conditions - Year Two
This module offers you the opportunity to refine and deepen your understanding of herbs and formulae. You will consider individualised treatments using Chinese herbal medicine for specific diseases and conditions and have the opportunity to integrate a theoretical approach with the complex and uncertain idiosyncrasies of clinical practice. You will also have the opportunity to critique relevant clinical and pharmacological research and to critically examine the appropriate and creative application of classical and modern theories of Chinese herbal medicine to conditions and diseases that are more prevalent in the West including:
Banni Koviely (Herbs student):
“I realised in my day to day work that there are areas where acupuncture is not enough. Having been treated with herbs myself I knew that they could be very beneficial and so I decided that it made a lot of sense for me to do the MSc so that I could include herbs in the treatment that I offered. I decided to go to the NCA because of its great reputation. The way the course is run with sessions once a month also fitted in well with my busy life as a practitioner. This meant I could continue working while I was studying. I was attracted by the e-learning dimension of the course and my expectations have been more than satisfied. I find it great as it allows me to work at my own pace. It has refined my diagnostic abilities and in the future I will be able to treat cases where acupuncture alone is not adequate to get the best results. I would recommend the NCA course enthusiastically because it is very well taught, the pace is good, the tutors very effective and the on-line dimension allows me to learn at my own pace. In addition, the clinical sessions are extremely valuable. All in all, the course has helped me to become a much better practitioner and I’m looking forward to qualifying so that I can put my new skills to use.”
- Major diseases and conditions including:
- Respiratory problems
- Digestive disorders
- Mental / emotional disorders
- Endocrine disorders (diabetes and thyroid)
- Fluid and blood disorders
- Headache & Migraine
- Skin diseases
- Auto immune disease
- Principles of management of less commonly seen diseases and conditions:
- Urinary conditions including disorders of the prostate
- Neurological disorders
- Eyes, ears, nose and throat
- Supportive treatment for:
- Auto-immune conditions
- Metabolic disorders
At the end of the module you will be able to draw on ancient and modern approaches to Chinese herbal medicine to devise appropriate herbal treatment strategies. You will also be able to underpin this by using your research skills to source and appraise information relevant to whichever disease you are considering.
Clinic 2 - Year Two
This module includes 20 days in the herbs teaching clinic and offers you the opportunity to expand your range of clinical skills under supervision, including applying diagnostic and clinical reasoning to formulate appropriate treatment strategies for complex cases and to prescribe individualised herbal formulae tailored to the condition of the patient. You will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding and flexibility in applying Chinese herbal medicine in practice.
At the end of the module you will be able to establish safe and sustainable practice in the prescribing and dispensing of a comprehensive range of individualised formulae, including appraising and minimising the potential for herb-drug interactions.