Well, it’s back to school for me tomorrow, and after a few study free years it’s with a mixture of trepidation and excitement that this new adventure begins. I am returning to my old college, the Northern College of Acupuncture in York to start an MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine. This has been on my radar for quite some time, in fact even before my acupuncture studies were finished I began to realise that this would not be the end of the story for me. I always knew that sooner rather than later I would return, and the time is now right.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is not just about acupuncture, it’s only part of the picture, and Chinese herbal medicine is a natural bedfellow to at least in part complete this circle. It’s not just about the herbs though, this course I hope will bring another dimension to the work I already do as an acupuncturist. It gives an opportunity to study this aspect in more depth too, and it’s always good to refresh ones knowledge and learn from some leading experts within the field. It’s also the chance to get involved in a piece of research too, and the possibility of being able to contribute towards the profession in this way is very exciting indeed.
So, for the next three years it will be head down, assignment writing and revising, at every available opportunity. My North Hykeham home will once again become a hive of study related activity, powered by tea and determination!
It’s business as usual in my acupuncture treatment room though, this will continue as they always have. It’s just that one weekend a month I will be away in my second favourite city (behind Lincoln of course) learning all things Chinese herbal medicine. For some Mondays and Tuesdays I will also be there in the college’s teaching clinic, seeing patients and learning how to diagnose, formulate and dispense the herbs.