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Accreditation of Chinese Herbal Medicine Trainings

The School of Classical Chinese Herbalism (SCCH) has entered the European Herbal and Traditional Practitioners Association (EHTPA) process for the accreditation of Chinese herbal medicine courses.

The EHTPA is the accrediting body for the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM). The RCHM is one of the two key lead bodies for Chinese herbal medicine in the UK. It does valuable work looking after the quality of our educational standards, as well as the quality of our herbal supplies. It supports its members by organising seminars and conferences, and taking the lead in clarifying legal issues.

Who can practice Chinese Herbal Medicine?

There are currently no laws regulating the practice of Chinese herbal medicine in the UK, and anyone is entitled to set up as a herbalist. It is also not a legal requirement to belong to a lead body, and it is quite possible to get insurance to practice without belonging to one.

However, it is good practice to belong to a lead body, and if we as practitioners support the RCHM, this both gives our profession greater strength, and gives us as individuals support for our own practice and access to the wider Chinese herbal medicine community.

As such, SCCH has entered the EHTPA accreditation process. We hope that, in due course, our graduates will enjoy the automatic entry to the RCHM that accreditation confers. It is, however, already possible for our graduates to apply to join the RCHM as individuals, and we can support you through this process should you choose to do this.


All graduates of the Jing Fang Qualification can get insurance from Balens on completion of the course.

In addition, one of the pre-requisites to move into the second phase of your training, when you begin to see patients in your own clinic under supervision, is that you get student insurance from Balens. We are happy to provide evidence of your apprentice status as needed, and this will also allow you to access herbs from companies such as Balance Healthcare, Phoenix Medical and Lian Herbs.

Testimonials from patients, students and graduates.

It has been rewarding and challenging to use this medicine. Every patient is a teacher!
Victoria Conran, JFA Graduate 2019

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.

Cristina Lopez-Pasqual, JFA Apprentice 2020-22

It has been the single most helpful thing I’ve done for my health – it’s been life changing.

Simone Irmscher, JFA Patient 2022
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.
Tom Kennedy, JFA Graduate 2021
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.
Anna van der Vlies, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner
Jing fang has given me a way of understanding herbal medicine that is both profound and effective. For that I am eternally grateful!
Andrew Nuttall, JFA Graduate 2021
Dr Feng, you have turned my world upside-down with this wonderful Jing Fang system… reading your case histories is inspirational.
Gail Newton, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

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.

Suzanne Mounter, JFA Graduate 2020
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.
Cristina Lopez-Pasqual, Apprentice 2020-22
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.
Vasanthy Watt, JFA Supervisor 2022

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.

Naoko Taoka to Dr Feng Shi-Lun, JFA Graduate 2019

It has been the most remarkable and fulfilling educational experience I have ever had.

Suzanne Mounter, JFA Graduate 2020

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