Faculty Lecturers and Supervisors
Frances has been a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine since qualifying in herbs and acupuncture at LCTA (London College of Traditional Acupuncture) in 1998. She became a senior lecturer at LCTA from 2000 until its closure in 2010, running the herbal medicine course, then from 2011 to 2015 was course director for Chinese herbal medicine at CICM (College of Integrated Chinese Medicine) in Reading.
In 2014 she travelled to Beijing to study herbal medicine with Dr Feng Shi-Lun, and realised that the Jing Fang Six Syndrome approach lays a really solid and practical grounding for Chinese herbal medicine practice. Wanting to share this discovery, Frances set up the Jing Fang Apprenticeship, and invited Dr Feng to Oxfordshire in 2015, where he officially opened it.
Frances continued to study with Dr Feng in Beijing in 2015 and 2016, and has since developed a Jing Fang Curriculum for the School of Classical Chinese Herbalism (SCCH), including writing the online Jing Fang Lecture series during 2020-21. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue to train practitioners in this extraordinarily effective method of using Chinese herbal medicine.
Frances runs her clinic at the Cholsey Complementary Health Centre in Cholsey, South Oxfordshire, practicing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, healing, sounding and breathwork.
She is a member and council member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).
Vasanthy obtained her license in acupuncture at the School of Traditional Acupuncture in March 1988 and went on to qualify in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine at the School of Chinese Herbal Medicine, London, run by Mazin Al-Khafaji and Michael McIntyre. She has also had clinical training at the teaching hospital of the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China.(1996).
Vasanthy completed a post-graduate diploma course in Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Chinese Medicine with Dr. Trevor Wing, and has become an associate practitioner of the Women’s Natural Health Practice. She has done further training in Dermatology, Treating Asthma, Immune related disorders, and Women’s problems including Menopause and Infertility. She integrates the Shen-Hammer Advanced Pulse diagnosis system into her practise, and also incorporates the channel palpation diagnostic method developed by Dr Wang Ju-Yi of Beijing, (an acupuncturist with 52 years’ experience), after training with his prominent colleague and co-author Jason D. Robertson.
Vasanthy studied Jing Fang with Frances Turner, following the Jing Fang Lecture Series 2020-21, and completing a post-graduate clinical year at the School of Classical Chinese Herbalism.
She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC), and of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (MRCHM), and runs her clinic in Loughborough.
Andrew originally trained to become a psychologist, but during these studies he realised that he was more drawn to Eastern philosophies and holism.
This led him to begin training in Martial Arts and energy work. He studied Qigong (Chi Gung) with Sifu Shi Yanzi at the Shaolin Temple (London), becoming experienced in using Ba Duan Jin (Eight Pieces of Brocade) and Shoalin Nei Gong (Internal Energy Work) for improving and maintaining health.
He then trained in acupuncture at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture, and followed up this with a diploma in Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage).
Andrew is influenced by the ‘Classical Acupuncture’ styles of Jeffrey Yuen, which utilise all the acupuncture meridians, as well as other treatment modalities such as essential oils. Since 2021 he has been practising Classical Chinese herbal medicine, in the Jing Fang tradition, as taught by Frances Turner.
He runs two busy multi-bed clinics, in London (Bright Room Community Acupuncture) and Bristol (Bristol Community Acupuncture), as well as a private practice in Bristol.
Suzanne has been practicing acupuncture for over 10 years, and has a major passion for the natural healing process and the techniques involved. She started her acupuncture degree in 2007, studying at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. In the last 10 years she has studied CPD in trigger points therapy, Master Tung Acupuncture, Distal Needle Acupuncture, Dr Tan’s Balance Method, Master Tung Acupuncture and Blood Letting.
Suzanne graduated in Jing Fang Classical Herbalism from the School of Classical Chinese Herbalism in 2020, then worked for a year as assistant supervisor and dispensary assistant for the Jing Fang Apprenticeship. She currently co-ordinates the apprentice support group scheme. Suzanne runs her clinic in Drayton, Somerset.
Anna has been practicing as an acupuncturist since 1989. She is also a mother with 4 children, living in the Marlborough area. Anna trained at the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (which then became part of Westminster University) before going on to do a post-graduate course in China.
Anna studied Chinese herbal medicine at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, graduating in 2014. She continued her Jing Fang studies online with Suzanne Robidoux, and joined the study trip to Beijing in 2016 to study with Dr Feng Shi-Lun. She is a founder member of the School of Classical Chinese Herbalism.
Anna has had busy practices in Blackheath then in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and recently joined Jim McLeod at his Osteopathic practice in Marlborough. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and regularly does continuous professional development courses in different aspects of Chinese Medicine
Testimonials from patients, students and graduates.
The Jing Fang introductory lectures are extremely useful. The information is explained in a very clear and structured manner, with case studies that illustrate all the different formula patterns. The audio is a bonus. These lectures provide a very solid base that complement the practical side of the apprenticeship and help consolidate your learning.
Frances does a wonderful job of teaching Jing Fang to us in England, online and in person. It has transformed my herbal practice into being more effective, with quicker results, and being more curative.
It is such a privilege to be studying the Jing Fang Apprenticeship with Frances Turner, and I cannot wait to incorporate this incredible system into my practice to help patients.
Jing fang has given me a way of understanding herbal medicine that is both profound and effective. For that I am eternally grateful!
It has been the most remarkable and fulfilling educational experience I have ever had.
I have been very lucky to meet Frances Turner and study the Jing Fang tradition you have shared all over the world. It’s a truly wonderful medicine, which I absolutely love to continue learning and practicing. So many have benefited from these teachings.
Thank you for bringing Jing Fang into my life, it has done miracles for my health…I feel so privileged to have discovered this lineage.
Dr Feng, you have turned my world upside-down with this wonderful Jing Fang system… reading your case histories is inspirational.
It has been rewarding and challenging to use this medicine. Every patient is a teacher!
It has been the most remarkable and fulfilling educational experience I have ever had, because the learning is done through observing real patients and seeing how Frances diagnoses and treats them. Every week I’m there, I learn something new whether it is about herbs or formulas or syndromes. And being at the clinic is always hugely interesting. Doing Frances’s course and learning the Jing Fang pattern diagnosis has changed the way I treat my own patients as an acupuncturist.
It has been the single most helpful thing I’ve done for my health – it’s been life changing.
Your depth of knowledge, as well as your warmth and willingness to share it, have made the last two years the most important and enjoyable of my career to date.