White Crane Academy

School of Chinese Herbal Medicine


Our diploma course is fully accredited by the European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA). Now in its sixth year, our course offers students a pathway to the fascinating and rewarding practice of Chinese herbal medicine.

All White Crane Academy course leaders are experienced practitioners, teachers, often researchers, who want to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of herbal practitioners.

Why Study with us?

In today's dynamic healthcare landscape, medical professionals are increasingly seeking holistic approaches to complement conventional medical practices. Our Chinese herbal medicine course offers a unique opportunity for professionals to expand their skill set and broaden their understanding of healthcare modalities.

By studying Chinese herbal medicine, practitioners gain valuable insights into alternative treatment options that can enhance patient care and promote holistic well-being. Our comprehensive curriculum and expert instructors teach how to integrate traditional Chinese medicine principles into conventional practice, providing patients with a more personalised approach to healthcare.

Our Teachers

Our teachers are all distinguished practitioners renowned for their expertise in Chinese herbal medicine. As a student, you'll have the opportunity to gain unparalleled insights and mentorship from professionals deeply rooted in the art and science of herbal healing, giving you the skills you'll need to become an effective practitioner.

A quick look at Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dr. Andrew Flower, WCA founder and principal, introduces the concepts of Chinese herbal medicine to a varied audience at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM).

Practitioner Focus

Our comprehensive course is tailored to shape students into skilled practitioners in Chinese herbal medicine. Our curriculum harmonises ancient wisdom with contemporary advancements, fostering a comprehensive grasp of herbal remedies and treatment methods.

Through practical application and theoretical instruction, students cultivate the analytical skills vital for success in clinical settings. Upon graduation, our alumni are primed to make meaningful contributions to holistic healthcare, armed with the expertise and assurance to tackle a spectrum of health challenges.

Flexible Learning

At the White Crane Academy, student satisfaction is our top priority. Our flexible learning program is designed to accommodate the diverse needs of our learners, no matter their location. With our innovative approach, monthly lecture weekends are seamlessly accessible online, ensuring that every student can engage with our coursework, even from the comfort of their own home.


Our TCM Foundation course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of traditional Chinese medicine, laying a solid groundwork for further exploration.

Our Diploma in Chinese herbal medicine offers advanced training in herbal remedies, diagnosis techniques, and treatment strategies, equipping students with the expertise needed for successful clinical practice.

Together, these courses offer a progressive pathway for aspiring practitioners to delve deep into the rich tradition of Chinese medicine and emerge as skilled professionals.

How long does it take to grow a herbalist?
A comprehensive training to instil confidence and clinical competence, emphasising depth of understanding and practical experience gained over the three years.
Andrew Flower
May 8, 2022
In Japan, the arrival of spring is heralded by the appearance of Tsukushi, young shoots of horsetail.
Michi Naomoto
May 8, 2022
Nine ways…
The debate within Chinese herbal medicine regarding herb characterisation centres on the significance of taste, empirical use, traditional theory, and modern research.
Andrew Flower
May 8, 2022
Ginger for acupuncturists
Insights into the therapeutic use of ginger, exploring its diverse actions and indications, and demonstrating how various preparations of ginger can yield distinct medicinal benefits.
Andrew Flower
April 2, 2022
Jade screen
An 800-year-old Chinese herbal formula used during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Jade Screen Project offering free Chinese herbal medicine to frontline health workers.
Andrew Flower
May 13, 2020
A remedy for Spring (2020)
Xiao Yao San, an ancient Chinese herbal formula, addresses Liver Qi stagnation , reflecting the balance between the Wood element's dynamic growth and expansion and the constraints of stress-related problems.
Andrew Flower
February 22, 2020
White Crane Academy Manifesto
We maintain herbal medicine is Yin to acupuncture’s Yang - both essential facets of Chinese medicine - different yet complementary.
Andrew Flower
August 15, 2016



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