Teachers

We have assembled a first class team of experienced practitioners, many of whom have gone on to do PhDs in Chinese medicine. These include:

Andrew Flower PhD MRCHM MBAcC

Andrew has been practising acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 1992. Since graduating he has gained a wide range of experience working in private practice as well as within the NHS and voluntary sector working with people with HIV/AIDS and with drug and alcohol addictions. He is a past President of the UK Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) and has advised the European Herbal Traditional Practitioners Association (EHTPA) on developing research strategies in Europe.

In 2009 Andrew completed his PhD at The University of Southampton exploring the role of Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of endometriosis. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers relating to Chinese medicine research, including two Cochrane systematic reviews. He co-ordinated an EU project that prepared guidelines to improve the quality of clinical trials into Chinese medicine. In 2011 he was awarded a five year NIHR Post doctoral Fellowship to investigate Chinese herbs for the treatment of recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs) that has resulted in the RUTI trial that started recruiting in February 2016. He runs herbal clinics in London and Hove and has a special interest in providing supportive treatment for people with cancer. He is a founder member of the White Crane Academy and is passionate about the therapeutic potential of herbal medicines and the importance of rigorous training to ensure this potential is realised.


Christopher Etheridge PhD MCPP MRSC, BSc (Hons) Phyto, BSc (Hons) Chem, CChem, DoIC, ARCS

Chris holds a first class honours BSc and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Imperial College, London. He was a Lecturer and Research Fellow in Gene Therapy at Imperial’s Department of Chemistry and at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at St Mary’s Hospital from 1995-2002, where he taught on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He published a diverse range of research in areas including synthetic, medicinal and biological chemistry, and biochemistry.

After this, Chris completed his professional training on the four-year Herbal Medicine degree programme at the College of Phytotherapy, East Sussex, where he graduated in 2006 with a first class honours BSc. His dissertation on quality control in herbal medicine was subsequently published. Chris currently works fulltime as medical herbalist and runs two busy practices in Central London and Epping.


Trevor Wing PhD MBRCP FRCHM MBAcC BSc (Hons) MSc (Dist) DMed

Dr.Trevor Wing is a recognised specialist in the natural medicine treatment of female health conditions, with particular interest in applying scientific research to traditional and naturopathic medicine. Trevor runs a busy private clinic in London where he carries out clinical research studies and treats a wide range of gynaecological and obstetric conditions including ovarian dysfunction, tuboperitoneal disease, uterine disease, gestational disorders, post-partum disorders and menopausal syndrome. Trevor graduated with a first class honours degree from LCTA London. Trevor has also studied conventional reproductive medicine and holds an MSc in Oriental herbal medicine, an MSc in obstetrics and gynaecology diagnostic ultrasound and a doctorate in medical imaging. Trevor has also practised gynaecology at Nanjing First Medical University Hospital, China and regularly lectures at post graduate level on natural medicine gynaecology and obstetrics and medical imaging at several universities in Europe and the USA. Trevor regularly contributes to professional journals with papers on his own research and treatment approaches and is a peer reviewer for the journals “Human Fertility”, “Complementary Therapies in Medicine” and “Reproductive Biomedicine Online”. Trevor is also an honorary research fellow at the University of Portsmouth and a faculty member at the University of Bournemouth in medical imaging and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and Fellow of the UK Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.


Michael McIntyre MA, FNIMH, MRCHM, DUniv.

Michael McIntyre has practised herbal medicine and acupuncture for over thirty years. He has a degree in modern history from Oxford University. He has chaired the European Herbal and Traditional Medicines Practitioner Association since its launch in 1993. He has an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University and is currently a visiting Professor at this university. He is a former President of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and is a Fellow of this body and a life Member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Michael regularly writes, lectures and broadcasts on herbal medicine and acupuncture.


Rebecca O’Cleirgh MSc Herb Med., BSc Acu. BSc Neuroscience, MRCHM, MBAcC

Rebecca has been practising acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 2005 and has a special interest in fertility, neurology and paediatrics. She is a council member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and is the liaison officer for the Approved Suppliers Scheme which aims to support all herbal suppliers to achieve Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Dispensary Practice. She is currently completing a PhD in pharmacology at the University of Portsmouth, researching the pharmacological mechanisms by which Chinese herbs are able to improve endometrial receptivity of the uterine environment (in relation to infertility). Rebecca has lectured on Pharmacognosy and Dispensing, and on modules covering Chinese herbs and formulae.


Anthony Harrison: BSc (Biology) Lic Ac. Dip. CHM, MRCHM

Tony has been practising CHM since 1997 and has served on the RCHM governing council from 1999 to present with responsibility for materia medica/approved suppliers and the much acclaimed Chinese Herb Garden. He was President of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) from 2003-2005. He has taught Module 5 of the European Herbal Traditional Practitioners Association (EHTPA) curriculum for the past eight years for a number of UK colleges. This provides training in practical dispensary and pharmacognosy and takes place at the Bristol Chinese Herb Garden at the University of Bristol. Tony wrote both the RCHM Dispensary Codes of Practice and the external auditing standards for suppliers.


Simon King B.A. M.A. MRCHM

Simon King has worked as a practitioner of Chinese medicine for thirty years. Since his first degree in philosophy he has maintained an active involvement in this subject and is now studying for a doctorate. He has a particular interest in how philosophical assumptions make their way into practice with a pragmatic approach which holds theory lightly.

During the early 1990s Simon taught himself to read medical Chinese and has applied this skill to develop particular interests in urology, the herbal treatment of joint disease and ENT (ear, nose and throat disorders). He has published articles in The European Journal of Oriental Medicine and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine journal on Chinese medicine and the philosophy of science and has taught widely in the UK.


Trina Ward PhD, MRCHM, MBAcC

Trina’s Australian undergraduate training in Chinese medicine (four years full time) concluded with an internship in China. She has been in practice for over 20 years working in the NHS, prisons and charities, as well as privately. During this time she carried out an MPhil on the safety of herbal medicine on behalf of the RCHM, and obtained a UK Department of Health funded PhD on the question of what is considered valid knowledge in Chinese medicine practice. This involved extensive field work in Beijing. The contacts she made at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Science led to an invitation in 2013 to undertake three months post doctoral pharmacovigilance research. In 2015 Trina was invited to the Beijing University of Chinese medicine to run workshops on research. She was part of a team at the University of Westminster who carried out research on menopause. Her practice currently focuses on those who are too ill to attend clinic. She has taught literature searching and critical analysis to Master’s students since 2008, and in 2015 she began teaching on the Chinese herbal medicine course at the Northern College of Acupuncture.


Nina Zhao-Seiler

Nina was born in 1965. She got her first TCM education during six years in Zurich, San Francisco and Hamburg, followed by three years of internship and continuing education at the TCM University Teaching Hospital and private clinics in Chengdu, China. She has been running her own TCM practice in Zurich, Switzerland, since 1998 with a focus on paediatrics. During this time she has taught TCM materia medica, formula studies, acupuncture and Tuina in the basic TCM education as well as TCM pediatric internal medicine and childrens Tuina for advanced/continuing studies at the major Swiss TCM schools. Since 2002 she has lead regular TCM herb study trips to China, where she takes participants to identify herbs in the wild, visit herb cultivation areas as well as processing facilities.

Nina initiated the first garden for Chinese medicinal plants in Switzerland which was opened in August 2016 www.tcm-garten.ch Nina has a BA in Chinese studies and history from University of Zurich and has taken the newly established Swiss national exam for naturopaths with a specialisation in TCM. She is also a practitioner and teacher of Chen style Taijiquan.


Lily Lai PhD, BSc (Hons) TCM, BM (Beijing), MRCHM, MATCM

Lily graduated from her acupuncture and CHM course at Middlesex University with First Class Honours in 2005. She has combined a busy practice with a ground breaking career as a practitioner-researcher and she currently holds a visiting academic position at Southampton University. In 2015 she completed her PhD, funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, which included a trial exploring the use of Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in primary care. This was the first such trial in the UK and is a recognized piece of pioneering research. Her current research interests are in expanding the evidence-base for Chinese and Western herbal medicine by evaluating interventions in primary care, and in improving access to research for practitioners through teaching core research skills such as critically analysing commonly-encountered research designs.


Sarah Price PhD MSc LicAc DipCHM

Sarah has been practising Chinese medicine since 1986, having trained with a variety of teachers both here and in China. She has been lecturing in Chinese herbal medicine since 1994. Sarah’s interests have spanned both education and research. She has been on the accreditation board of the EHTPA and the BAAB; and also past Chair of the Research Committee for the RCHM. Although much of Sarah’s research has been concerned with traditional acupuncture she has recently undertaken a research project exploring Chinese herbal medicine as an intervention for asthma as an honorary research fellow at the University of Southampton. Sarah has a busy practise in Edinburgh.


Danny Maxwell MSc, MA (Cantab), LicAc, MBAcC, MRCHM

After completing an MA in English and Italian Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, Danny went on to train in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese massage in both the UK and China. With over 18 years clinical experience, he practices from clinics in London and Somerset. He is also the editor of the Journal of Chinese Medicine and sits on the Governing Board of the British Acupuncture Council.