RCHM – Using Chinese Herbal Medicine as supportive treatment for people living with cancer

7 Hours CPD

About the course

This lecture will discuss various strategies that may be used in these different stages and will consider the challenges and opportunities that confront a Chinese medicine practitioner and their patient along the way.

In clinic we encounter 7 distinct stages when providing supportive treatment for people with cancer. These are: post diagnosis; pre Western medical (WM) treatment (surgery/chemo/radiotherapy); during (WM) treatment; post (WM) treatment; maintaining recovery; treating people with progressive cancer; and palliative care.

In all of these stages Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbs, qi gong and lifestyle advice) has something of value to provide, but our care programme has to be tailor made to take into account appropriate treatment objectives and the nature of the individual we are dealing with.

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Be able to identify the changing requirements for treatment at the different stages of living with cancer.
  • Participants will be encouraged to recognize the importance and value of Chinese medicine as a whole system intervention
  • To explore specific herbal treatments described in case studies.

In addition it is anticipated that you will gain confidence in your practice as a result of attending the seminar/s. The RCHM aims to build up a practitioner network of nurturing peer support from the seminar series.

The course has been uniquely devised for practising and final year therapists of all disciplines who hold professional insurances that will cover them for the use of herbs within their scope of practice, and who have an interest in developing and enhancing their clinical skills.

Seminars are open to all RCHM members (all categories) and graduates of accredited herbal courses.

  • Refreshments and lunch sadly are not provided.
  • You will need to bring a pen or pencil, we will be providing everything else; full colour course notes, all of the training equipment etc
  • Integrating Conventional and Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care: A Clinical Guide, Thai Lahans. 2007. Pb Elsevier.
  • Radical Remission. Kelly Turner.2014. Pb Harper One
  • There is no formal assessment, but a quiz style knowledge check at the end of the day will allow practitioners to check their own knowledge from each day.
  • Supporting material and PDF files for the lecture slides will be available to all participants electronically via Moodle upon full payment for each day.

Shepherds House

Great Maze Pond
London Bridge

Tutor Dr Andrew Flower

Dr. Andrew Flower

Andrew Flower has been practising acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 1992. On graduating he gained a wide range of experience working in private practice, and within the UK National Health Service 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 and has advised the European Herbal Traditional Practitioners Association on developing research strategies in Europe. In 2009 …read more