Eric is a well-known and respected member of the global Chinese herbal community. He has been a great supporter of the RCHM supplying many fascinating articles to our journal over the last few years. We are very grateful that he has decided to fly all the way over to the UK to attend the Conference and AGM in person. A graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a fluent Chinese speaker, Eric has pursued extensive academic and clinical opportunities in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  Following a prolonged internship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, Eric became immersed in numerous projects related to Chinese medical translation and herbal research.  He is the author of A Clinician’s Guide to the Use of Granule Extracts and the co-author of the text Concise Chinese Materia Medica, and he has edited a variety of modern and classical texts.Many will know him from his regular blog articles which he wrote while working at Blue Poppy. Eric has a particular passion for Chinese herbal processing, herbal authentication and quality discernment.  He serves as a TCM advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and is a U.S. delegate for the ISO Technical Committee on TCM standards.  
Lecture Option 1A

Maximizing the Clinical Efficacy of Granules

2pm-3:30pm - SATURDAY 11th November

As Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioners, it is often difficult to make sense of all of the information and issues around granules. Through his research, his travels around China and Taiwan and also setting up his own herbal medicine company, Eric Brand has thought long and hard about these issues. Granules are a relatively new development in Chinese herbal medicine, and few practitioners have been exposed to consistent training on key issues such as dosage.  This lecture will examine several regional styles of granule use, including the approach to combining whole formulas that is common in Taiwan, as well as issues to consider when building formulas from single herb extracts.  The advantages of each of these various approaches will be assessed, leaving attendees with a comprehensive overview of the main clinical trends and challenges in the granule world.  By the end of the class, attendees will understand:
  •       Granule dosage and formulation strategies
  •       How to overcome challenges unique to granules
  •       How granules are made and prescribed in Asia
  •       Practical tips for running an effective granule pharmacy
AGM - Special Free Lecture - RCHM Members Only

Fascinating Facts about Tonics: Uncover the world beyond the textbook

Friday 10th November, Pax Lodge, London

This lecture is a short voyage into the quality and culture of herbal tonics. A complex history surrounds each of Chinese medicine’s most famous herbs, but all too frequently we become immersed in exams and forget to explore the fascinating stories that lie beyond the required reading. Based on first-hand experience from farms and wholesale markets across Asia, this course leaves the basic textbook knowledge behind, using famous tonics as a window to explore the world of herbal pharmacy
    In this lecture, we will explore topics such as:
    • Ginseng: Understanding the history, quality, and natural resources of ginseng, codonopsis, American ginseng, and notoginseng
    • Astragalus, atractylodes, peony, goji, rehmannia and angelica: Exploring the differences in forms and processing methods between China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea
    • Beyond botanicals: How did E Jiao change from cow hide in ancient times to donkey hide, and what is the current situation with the material market today? What is the status of other famous animal ingredients?
    • Daodi herbal material: Understanding the traditional concept of authenticity and quality
    Each major supplementing herb has a story to tell, don’t miss this rare chance to learn about the fascinating world that lies beyond the basic textbook knowledge.