'Back to Work, Back to Basics'

RCHM Conference 2022

11th & 12th June 2022


Back to Work, Back to Basics

We are joined by passionate speakers, experienced in Classical, Jing Fang and TCM traditions of Chinese Herbal Medicine. 'Back to Work, Back to Basics' is an opportunity to focus on the fundamental principles which we share across our diverse traditions, and the application of our core principles to select appropriate treatment.

Prestigious author and admired physician, Yifan Yang, will be joining the RCHM to deliver the keynote address of our conference, taking a deep dive into the properties of our materia medica to identify alternative approaches and strategies when traditional formulae call for ingredients restricted in modern practice. In her practice in the Netherlands, Yifan is under similar restrictions to us in the UK. After decades of scholarship in Beijing, she now applies her intimate knowledge of herbal properties to select appropriate substitutions to restricted materials, or adapt her treatment strategy where substitution is not possible. This is a universal challenge to the practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioners in the UK and it is a pleasure to be joined by Yifan this year.

Featuring conference keynote speaker: Professor Yifan Yang

Saturday Schedule: 11th June 2022

Day one of the RCHM Annual Conference 2022 will feature workshops on core principles of clinical practice and an exciting panel discussion. Saturday sessions are streamed live and recordings will be shared with attendants to watch back at any time after the event.

Morning Qigong

with Awais Mian

Awais will share a mixture of dynamic and therapeutic qigong methods of Dr Li Liqun of Shanghai

8:30am - 9:30am


The roots of flavour and nature: lessons from the Neijing

with Conny Cooper MRCHM

With clinical case studies, Conny will share the powerful perspective of flavour and nature as the foundation of our practice, derived from the Huangdi Neijing

10:15am - 11:15am


Looking beyond the (face) mask: colour diagnosis

with Danny Blyth MRCHM

Danny will be sharing the significance of facial diagnosis in the classical, five element and TCM traditions, and his approach in applying facial diagnosis to select appropriate treatment in clinical practice

11:45am - 12:45pm


Back to basics: Workshopping loose stools with a clinically diverse panel of TCM, flavour & nature and jingfang practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine

A rare opportunity to put a common area of clinical practice under the microscope with lenses of multiple lineages and widen our perspectives within Chinese herbal medicine, our panel will consider the diagnostic significance of loose stools and how they approach the application of appropriate treatment

2:15pm - 4:45pm

Conny Cooper MRCHM


Danny Blyth MRCHM


Frances Turner MRCHM


Martin John MRCHM


Sunday Schedule: 12th June 2022

Day two of the RCHM Annual Conference 2022 will feature a stimulating roundtable discussion on the future direction of our profession, a presentation on research findings from a prominent community project in CHM, and a comprehensive session with our keynote speaker, Professor Yifan Yang. Sunday sessions are available for live attendance only and will not be recorded.

Morning Qigong

with Awais Mian

Awais will share a mixture of dynamic and therapeutic qigong methods of Dr Li Liqun of Shanghai

8:00am - 9:00am


Back to work: A roundtable discussion around potential directions of travel to develop our profession with experienced researchers and educationalists in Chinese herbal medicine

We welcome our guests, experienced in CHM research and education, to share their views around what can we do as a community to further the profession and how we might get there

9:45am - 10:45am

Lily Lai MRCHM PhD.


Po-Hsun Chen PhD. candidate


Lara McClure PhD.


Qualitative interviews with frontline workers taking CHM: Lessons from the Jadescreen Project

with Lily Lai MRCHM

Lily will be sharing the experiences of frontline workers taking herbs during COVID, uncovered through qualitative research with the Jadescreen Project

10:45am - 11:15am


Keynote address: Substitutions for unavailable, protected and banned herbs

With keynote speaker, Professor Yifan Yang

11:40am - 1:00pm, 2:10pm - 4:50pm

n.b. This session is available for live-attendance only and will not be recorded


Conference Rates

Student Rate RCHM-Member Rate Non-Member Standard Rate ATCM/BAcC Member Rate
Full conference attendance (Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June) £70 £125 £185 £155
Saturday 11th June only (includes recordings) £50 £75 £115 £100
Sunday 12th June only (live attendance only) £50 £75 £115 £100

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