Lincoln and North Hykeham has a new Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner.
As some of you will know over the last two years I’ve been studying hard at the Northern College of Acupuncture to obtain a MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine. Well, I’m delighted to say all the hard work has paid off and I am now a qualified herbalist! The study continues, as the research aspect of the course is still ongoing and will not conclude for another year at least. More on this in future posts.
From August I am pleased to announce that you will be able to book an appointment for herbs as well as, or instead of, acupuncture. Herbs are a fantastic addition, particularly for some conditions which are chronic in nature, and which would benefit from more regular acupuncture than weekly appointments. This may not always be possible either due to cost, or time constraints. In this case herbs would be a more practical or affordable option.
It may be that you prefer to use herbal medicine instead of acupuncture, or you may choose to have both. In this case it is likely you would need less frequent acupuncture treatments, especially in the longer term. You can of course still have acupuncture as a stand alone option, and appointments for this will continue as usual.
During the last two years, the academic aspect of the course involved around 50 days in the classroom, not to mention countless assignments, coursework and exams. But the most important, and fulfilling aspect was the time spent in the dedicated herbal medicine teaching clinic. For the best part of the last 18 months around one day a fortnight has been spent here, and I have loved learning and gaining experience in this busy environment. This involved treating patients, under the expert supervision of highly experienced Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioners. The clinic treats people with a very diverse range of health issues and complex diagnoses. In many of these cases it has been wonderful to witness real improvements in their health and quality of life. In order to ensure continued benefit from the invaluable experience of the clinic tutors, I have opted to work several more days there over the coming months.
Over the coming months there will be more blog posts discussing the wonderful world of Chinese herbal medicine and the benefits of just a few of these herbs. In addition, when Eight Branches launches its herbal medicine clinic, there will be a dedicated page of this website to explain in more detail what all the fuss is about!
In the meantime, if you wish to have a chat about how herbal medicine may help support you, please feel free to get in contact.