Miriam Freudenberg, Absolventin der Arzneitmitteltherapieausbildung, gibt einen Einblick in den Ablauf und die Inhalte.
Are you interested in Chinese pharmacology? Would you like to use it successfully in your own practice? Our program offers you the optimal qualification. Alongside acupuncture, Chinese pharmacology is the most important pillar in Chinese medicine. You gain comprehensive knowledge regarding herbs and other substances you can use in treating disease. In line with the times, we offer hybrid lessons. A total of five weekends are classroom training for everyone. For the rest of the lessons you decide if you’d like to attend class on site or online.
Benefit from the wealth of knowledge in the materia medica and formula preparations collected and preserved over centuries. Various substances have been tested and documented, from cultivation, collection and storage, to processing and subsequent usage. In our two year program you’ll be introduced to the classical texts of the Shan Han Lun and Wen Bing schools, as well as the formulations of Li Dong Yuan (Earth School) and Wang Qing Ren. You gain the optimal framework for taking root in this field.
The new pharmacology program begins February 2024
You’re very welcome to attend an information evening. Our faculty are happy to answer all your questions about the pharmacology program and other offerings at our school.
More dates for our information evenings coming soon.
The information evenings take place at our school (Belziger Str. 69/71, 10823 Berlin) or online via Zoom.
2 years with 450 academic hours (incl. 2 exam days and the teaching practice)
21 weekends, 14 academic hours each
Class meets: Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM / Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM / (Friday 10 AM – 5 PM)
140 hours starting in the second year
4 dates Mondays (9:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 17:00 o’clock)
16 dates Fridays (15:00 – 19:30 o’clock)
We’re looking forward to your attendance
1 MM – 23.-25.02.2024 (3 days)
1 Rp – 07./08.12.2024
Speech about Chinese drug safety Friday, 11.10.2024 (4-7:30 pm)
Excursion to the Botanical Garden and Pao Zhi Friday, 07.06.2024 (10 am -1 pm + 2:30-5 pm)
Excursion to a pharmacy with Chinese herbal department (participation is optional) Saturday, date to be announced (7-8:30 pm)
Exam Materia Medica: Friday, 06.12.2024
Exam recipe theory: Friday, 16.02.2026
Teaching practice (all on site)
Fridays 15.00 – 19.30 o’clock
Mondays 9.00 – 12.30 + 13.30 – 17.00 o’clock
With (*) marked dates are directly before or after a course weekend
All teaching practice dates are conditional
In our team, all of our faculty graduated from programs with renowned international teachers of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and have at least 10 years of work experience. Click here for our faculty page.
AGTCM Diploma – 350 hours of basic education
You can complete these at our school in approx. 1.5 years before the Chinese pharmacology program.
Participation/Certificate – basic knowledge of Chinese medicine with a minimum of 200 academic hours. You can complete these at our school.
€270 per month (€6,480)
€216 per month (€5,184)
Payment is made monthly via direct debit.
Year 1 – 90-minute written materia medica exam, Friday, 06.12.2024
Year 2 – 180-minute written formula preparation exam (120 minutes written questions / 60 minutes written cases)
If you pass the exam with a score of 60% and have an attendance rate of at least 80%, you receive a certificate/diploma from the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Traditionelle Chinesische Medizin (AGTCM) Fachverband für Chinesische Medizin.
Year 1 – Materia Medica
In the first year over the course of nine weekends you become familiar with 250 therapeutic substances and combinations using formula examples. In class you develop comprehensive knowledge of the materia medica so you can optimally familiarize yourself with each individual drug. Individual substances are taught amalgamated according to clustering effects to give you a basic structure in which to get your bearings.
The study of materia medica with approx. 250 individual substances is an important basic framework in teaching Chinese pharmacology. We introduce you to each drug in detail. They are classified into specific groups and combined using an indicative formulation. This allows you to understand complex formulations step by step in their structure and to assess their desired effect as well as any contraindications.
We also familiarize you with the production, preparation, and administration (decoction, infusion, powder, pill, etc.) of Chinese therapeutic substances. We explain to you dosages, contraindications, and the current legal requirements in Germany.
All of the drugs taught at the school are demonstration material in order to give you a better idea of the substances. We give you the opportunity to taste various drugs and formulations in class in order to experience their flavors and effects for yourself.
In seven quizzes throughout the year you can test your knowledge and monitor your progress.
Year 2 – Formula Preparation
Central to year two is the study of formula preparation. You get to know the 200 most important formulas, their indication, and application. The composition shows you the intended effect and which symptoms you can treat with which formulas. Chinese pharmacology deals with a variety of symptoms. This allows you to approach your patients’ conditions individually and to adjust the formula to the current situation. In year two you go into the teaching practice with your previous knowledge, thereby gaining practical experience and further integrating your knowledge.
After the basics of materia medica in year one, you can expand on this knowledge this year with formula preparation. We introduce you to 200 famous classic formulas and explain important combinations of individual substances by means of examples and clinical cases. Here we focus on how you can modify the formulas in your own practice and adjust to the needs of your patients for a competent course of treatment.
This year you’ll also check your progress and knowledge in 10 quizzes.
Along with formula preparation you’ll treat patients in the school’s supervised teaching practice. You can put your theoretical knowledge of medical history, diagnostics, and therapy into practice and hone your skills. Where appropriate, you’ll make individual adjustments to formulae over the course of patients’ diseases. The teaching practice encompasses 140 hours and 22 sessions.