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Dispensary and pharmacognosy course

A two day course at the Bristol Herb Garden

Organised by the The White Crane Academy of Chinese Herbal Medicine

June 29th and 30th, 2019

At Bristol University – Bristol Herb Garden, BS9 1JG

We are delighted to announce that the White Crane Academy, in conjunction with the Chinese Herb Garden, at Bristol University will be holding a practical weekend on how to prepare and dispense Chinese medicines. It is a great opportunity to develop your knowledge of herbal medicines and to explore ways of preparing and dispensing herbal products. The weekend will be taught by Tony Harrison, an expert in this field. You will also share ideas and experiences with other herbalists and herbal students, and there will be plenty of time to explore the herb garden and meet the living plants.

Day 1 of the weekend will focus on what you need to have in place to safely and professionally dispense all forms of herbal products. There will also be practical sessions on producing tinctures, some external skin preparations, encapsulation, and suppositories. If you choose to undertake the assessment on the course, you will be awarded the RCHM Certificate of Dispensary Practice. The day also counts as 4 CPD points for graduate herbalists.

Day 2 will explore Pharmacognosy and will consider how we source, identify, analyse and quality assure our herbs. There will also be a practical session on using a variety of Pao Zhi techniques to enhance different actions of a herb.

We have a limited number of places available for this course (this is the truth – not a sales pitch!), so if you want to join us please book now.

Tony Harrison

Tony Harrison

BSc (Biology) Lic Ac. Dip. CHM

Tony has been practising CHM since 1997 and has served on the RCHM governing council member from 1999 to present with responsibility for materia medica/approved suppliers and the much acclaimed Chinese Herb Garden. He was President of the RCHM from 2003-2005. He has taught Module 5 of the EHTPA curriculum for the past 8 years for a number of UK colleges which provides training in practical dispensary and pharmacognosy and takes place at the Bristol Chinese Herb Garden at the University of Bristol. Tony wrote both the RCHM Dispensary Codes of Practice and that of external auditing standards for suppliers.


If you are a registered student attending the White Crane Academy course, attendance is free and your place is already reserved – you don’t need to take any further action.

If you are not a registered student attending the White Crane Academy course, you can book using the link below.

Places are limited, so book your place early!


  • 2 day course: £220 (early bird £200 before 30 April)

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