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Quick Overview

This course teaches you the history and principal characteristics of Chinese herbal medicine.




Traditional herbs are believed to interact with the vital energy – or ‘life-force’ – which circulates in the body’s meridian system, resolving imbalances or disharmonies in the meridian system and so promoting physical and psychological wellness. Herbs may also act as antimicrobials, sedatives / stimulants or immunological agents, among a number of other important clinical functions. This course introduces students to the foundational theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to promote healing through the use of Chinese herbal remedies.

The course begins by providing students with a comprehensive overview of the fundamental theoretical knowledge which underpins Chinese herbalism – including the meridian system, vital energy and the Yin-Yang balance, the Five Element Theory and the concept of Tao. It introduces students to an array of Chinese herbal remedies and discusses how these may be effectively grown, purchased, stored and prepared. The course then guides students through the practical skills required to promote physical and psychological healing through the use of these herbal remedies. The course concludes with a module on effective Chinese herbal medicine clinical practice.


Course Content

  • Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Overview of the Meridian System for Chinese Herbal Medicine Practice
  • The Yin-Yang Balance and Diagnosis for Chinese Herbal Medicine Practice
  • The Five Elements Theory for Chinese Herbal Medicine Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Digestion, Respiration, the Integument and Circulation
  • Vitamins and Minerals for Chinese Herbal Medicine Practice
  • The Tao of Food and Herbs
  • Herbs as Medicine and the Doctrine of Signatures
  • The Super Foods for Chinese Herbal Medicine Practice
  • Growing, Purchasing, Harvesting, Drying and Storing Chinese Herbal Remedies
  • Preparing Chinese Herbal Remedies
  • Preparing The Body for Chinese Herbal Therapy – Cleansing and Detoxification
  • Chinese Herbal Remedies for Children and Adolescents
  • Chinese Herbal Remedies for Adults and the Elderly
  • Other Miscellaneous Chinese Herbal Remedies
  • Communicating Effectively with Clients in Chinese Herbal Medicine Practice

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Course Code: GCHHERB
Course Duration: Up to 12 months
Lessons: 18

Graduates will receive the Health and Harmony Diploma and are entitled to use the letters HH Dip (Ch.M.).


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How long does the course take to complete?

Each of the study programs differ, although you should allow a year to complete your course.  However, it is entirely possible to complete within 6 months or less if your schedule allows.  Upon completion of each module, you simply have to answer 10-20 questions.

Having not studied for a long time, will I find it too difficult?


Many of our students are in a similar position.  With our courses, you can learn at your own pace and in your own home.  We cater to your schedule, so there is no pressure or competition to cause you anxiety.  We also have friendly tutors that can help you overcome any problems you may face along the way.

How will I be assessed?

Each lesson is finalised by completing a questionnaire on the material you have just learnt.  This way, our tutors are able to evaluate your progress and assist you if any difficulties arise.  As a student, you will receive personal and ongoing support from our qualified practitioner tutors.  Your friendly tutor will guide you through until you gain your Award.


How exactly does a home-study course work?

Home-study is a flexible approach to learning. You´re not tied down to fixed start dates, although you are expected to complete within one year. Once you enrol in your chosen course, we will send you the initial course materials and you can get started straight away. You will complete and submit your assignments to your tutor progressively and they will be sent back to you assessed along with your next modules.

What recognition will I receive at the end of my course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive your Certificate or Diploma and will be entitled to use post-nominal letters HH (Health and Harmony). Plus, you will have new knowledge to assist you in your career or life direction.  Additionally, we are a full training provider of the International Institute for Complimentary Therapists. All of our students are entitled to apply for student membership and progress to full membership status when they have completed their course.


What insurance will I be eligible for as a practitioner?

Where applicable, qualified students are eligible for cover from Professional Indemnity Insurers. This cover is considered essential for the professional practitioner and their clients in today´s climate. For more information, please contact the college.

What is the enrolment / payment procedure?

You can purchase a course directly through this website with our secure eShop system. Simply browse the courses (navigation is on the left), make your selection and proceed to the ‘checkout’. You will then be sent an email with instructions on finalising your enrolment. For more information, simply give us a call to arrange over the phone 13000 13 14 92.

Alternatively you may enrol and pay over the phone if using your credit card with one of our friendly staff and may be eligible for a gift so don´t forget to ask. You can also ask to have the enrolment form faxed to you, and then return it to the College with your payment information. The most cost effective way is to pay your course fees up-front, however we do have easy payment plans. 

Payments may be made by cheque, money order, credit card or via internet banking. If you elect to pay by instalments, you agree to make regular monthly payments from the time of enrolment irrespective of changes in personal circumstances. If you study faster than the payment plan allows then just make an extra payment or pause your study until you catch up. A late fee levy of 5% applies monthly on all outstanding fees.

Note: Overseas Students are GST exempt, so deduct 10% from fees as seen in the career guide and then add 20% International student levy in order to cover international postage.


Can I get a refund?

Should Health and Harmony Colleges cancel any course, participants are entitled to a full refund, otherwise no refund is granted. Health and Harmony Colleges reserve the right to change policies, procedures and prices without notice.

Monthly payment plans are due on the first of each month, late payments include a $15 admin fee.

When you enrol with a payment plan, you are liable for all payments even if you discontinue your study. Failure to remit payment may result in the debt being referred to a debt collection agency for recovery or legal action. Cost will be payable by the debtor.


How can I achieve my "Master Therapist" Advanced Diploma?

The Master Therapist Advanced Diploma is a research qualification. You can achieve your Master Therapist status by successfully graduating from 4 diploma courses within 18 months, followed by the completion of a two thousand word research thesis in your chosen field. Be sure to tell us when you enrol that you want to be a Master Therapist, so that your name can be entered on the register!

Current Program for participants: (To be completed within 18 months of commencement):

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