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Chinese herbal medicine?
There has been a surge of interest in Chinese herbal medicine; not only from patients but also from healthcare services and students.
But learning Chinese herbs and how to use them can be a hard slog.
Acuherb Academy provides engaging online courses to support full-time TCM education, or as self-study resources.
Learning Chinese herbs can be daunting.
Most students find their initial study of the individual herbs to be very challenging with a lot of information to remember. Knowledge share from experienced practitioners as well as their perspectives on patterns and groupings is immensely valuable and helps link the academic with the practical.
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Acupuncturists find that being able to use a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine can greatly extend the number of conditions they can treat on a daily basis.
Student drop-out rates during the initial study of Chinese herbs can be very high. The subject is complex and the terminology can be difficult to assimilate.
Knowledge share from a variety of experienced practitioners as well as their perspectives on patterns and groupings is immensely valuable and helps link the academic with the practical.
Most teachers are talented but struggle to get their ideas across in a distance learning environment. This means that complex ideas can leave students confused. Our teachers are not only internationally recognised experts in their own fields, but also experienced communicators and educators.
Many online courses contain good material, but lack coherence. Some follow a book’s structure, or are simply PowerPoint style presentations. Our courses are written by subject matter experts and then assembled by ‘instructional designers’ – these are people that understand how to chunk-up, structure and present complex training material so that it can be used effectively in an online learning situation.
Without a methodology, learning online can be very hard work. Face-to-face style classroom methodologies do not work well online. All our learning material such as videos, notes and quizzes are designed to be clear, engaging and easy to follow; arranged in convenient bite size chunks, it’s easy to stay with the course and keep track of your progress.
Having a busy life makes it difficult to allocate a fixed time for study. Some online courses have fixed dates or require attendance at specific times. Our courses are all online so you can start studying at a time, place and pace that suits you.
1) What do you think will be the obstacle or hesitation that would prevent people from subscribing to the eLearning system?
I think that the price might put people off given that it’s a monthly subscription fee. However, having a monthly subscription does sharpen peoples’ brains somewhat so that there is an incentive to get on and use the material!
2) What did you find as a result of accessing the eLearning system?
For practitioners of Chinese medicine who qualified a long time ago (in my case over 20 years back) it’s actually really refreshing and enjoyable to go back to the very basics of the herbs themselves and hear someone discussing them and presenting them for new students. Even though I do know this material, there were subtle nuances that I’d forgotten about or perhaps not even registered the first time round. We are all in a constant state of learning and refining our knowledge and what we do and the videos are really engaging and entertaining. It’s the nearest thing to being in a classroom, and of course you can watch at your own pace to fit in with your own work, family life and preferences.
3) What specific feature did you like most about the eLearning system?
The videos are great, for the reasons mentioned above. The quizzes are also really fun. The herb database is very useful in terms of having different fields from which to search for a herb.
4) What would other benefits did you find in the eLearning system?
It’s a great idea being able to have a forum to discuss ideas, ask questions and feel part of a community. Many of us work in isolation so interaction like this is really important.
5) Would you recommend the eLearning system? If so, why?
I would recommend the eLearning system for those people wanting to train in CHM, but also as a resource for revision for experienced practitioners. I would love to see the material as time goes on and gets more advanced.
Practitioner of Chinese medicine, RCHM member
As a practitioner I've been wanting to review my materia medica for some time but carrying my textbooks with me to clinics has never worked out and my way of learning has always been more visual and auditory.
Acuherb Academy really deliver here as they have great video tutorials, alongside their notes in comprehensive and summary formats. This format brings the herbs back to life as you learn. Not only is this way of interacting with herbal medicine more fun, it is laid out in ways that I find clinically relevant, such as comparing herbs in context with one another and noting key takeaways of how these herbs are used in clinic.
I'm very happy to recommend Acuherb Academy courses.
Practitioner of Chinese medicine, ATCM committee member, RCHM member