Chinese Medicine Courses


What is Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine is based on the concept of Yin and Yang, an ancient philosophy that describes how opposing forces are complementary, connected, and dependent on each other. For example, light and dark are considered opposites, but they’re dependent on each other because darkness cannot exist without light. A shadow can’t be created without light from the sun, therefore the two are connected and interdependent. According to Yin and Yang, opposites such as these are found throughout the natural world, including our bodies. When these opposites are balanced, the patient will be in good health.

With Yin and Yang as a base, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) aims to restore a patient’s balance and harmony. When a person is well-balanced, their vital life force (Qi, pronounced “chee”) is able to freely flow through their bodies, neither blocked or depleted. Chinese herbal medicine is just one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that aims to resolve Qi blockage or deficiency, through the use of herbs. Though the concept of Qi has never been scientifically-proven, studies have shown Chinese herbal medicines to be successful in treating a range of conditions1.

Chinese herbal medicine has had a great influence on Eastern medicine, and recently became popular in the West. It still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside Western medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine includes all oriental traditions that emerged from Southeast Asia, which originated in China. Practitioners might work within a Japanese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, or Korean tradition. It is considered a complete medical system, capable of treating a wide range of conditions.

Why study Chinese herbal medicine?

The shortcomings of Western medicine are becoming more apparent, and people are starting to look for effective alternatives.1 Chinese herbal medicine is one such alternative, and is becoming more popular as an industry, with more and more traditional Western clinics and organisations look to add Chinese herbal medicine to their repertoire. This expansion is opening up fulfilling career opportunities for people interested in Chinese herbal medicine— Chinese herbal practitioners can make upwards of $75,000 per year, depending on their experience in the industry.2 To practice, they must also be registered through regulatory boards AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and CMBA (Chinese Medicine Board of Australia).

Studying Chinese herbal medicine courses gives you the opportunity to incorporate a holistic approach to healing and helping people. It can be used to improve a range of ailments, including:

  • Digestive issues
  • Colic (in infants)
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Neurological disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines

How to study Chinese herbal medicine

To be qualified to practice Chinese herbal medicine, you will need to complete a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. You can find a course provider using our search feature below.


bachelor of health science/applied science (chinese medicine) (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

combine chinese medicine principles, diagnosis and treatment, such as acupuncture, he...

Course Provider : RMIT

Campuses :VIC


bachelor of traditional chinese medicine (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

the course provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the theory and practi...

Course Provider : Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Campuses :NSW


bachelor of health science (chinese medicine) (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

a chinese medicine course provides understanding and the practical skills needed to t...

Course Provider : Torrens University Australia

Campuses :NSW QLD VIC


master of health science in traditional chinese medicine (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

a traditional chinese medicine course provides understanding and the practical skills...

Course Provider : University of Technology Sydney

Campuses :NSW


bachelor of traditional chinese medicine (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

this degree equips practitioners with the knowledge and professional competencies req...

Course Provider : Western Sydney University

Campuses :NSW

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Chinese medicine courses and careers

Chinese herbalist workplaces

After you complete your Chinese medicine training courses and become qualified, you are likely to work in one of the following places:

Clinic practitioner

As a team member in an established clinic, you would gain the benefit of working with more experienced practitioners, perhaps in fields different or complementary to your own. You would also learn how to manage and run a clinic, as well as expand your skill set as a practicing herbalist.
Many who graduate from Chinese medicine courses go on to open a private practice. As the owner and operator of a small business, you will be able to choose work hours and days, but will also be responsible for implementing marketing strategies, gaining malpractice and other insurance, and managing the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Once successful, you will have the opportunity to expand and hire more practitioners within the Chinese medicine industry.

Hospital or community health centre

Similar to working within a clinic, working within hospitals or community health centres are great learning experiences. Working within the fast pace of a hospital will be a rewarding career, and provide opportunities for continual professional development.


Those who graduate and gain a few years of experience can also go on to work in the education sector. These opportunities include a lecturer or professor for those studying the Bachelor of TCM or a private tutor. You could also complete further studies, or work within the academic field of Chinese herbal medicine.

Product development

As Chinese herbal medicine is growing in popularity, more tonics and treatments are formulated to improve health. Whether you work for a private company or a state-funded organisation, these products need development, trials, and testing. Applying your knowledge to this area is a great use of your skills, and a rewarding career, particularly if you are interested in the chemical aspect of Chinese herbal medicine.

Management or sales roles in pharmaceutical/herbal companies

As a product representative, you would be using both your knowledge of herbal medicine, as well as business tactics you learnt throughout your qualifications. This is a rewarding field to work in, especially if you have great interpersonal and communication skills.

Chinese herbology certification

To become a qualified practitioner in Australia, you will need to complete:

Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Course duration: 4 years full time, 8 years (max 10) parttime
Study mode: Mixture of on campus learning, supervised clinical practice and external clinical practice.
Entry requirements: Year 12 or equivalent
Units of study:

  • Theoretical paradigms (terminology, history, theoretical orientation, principles and diagnosis)
  • Internal and external medicine
  • Meditation and other health enhancing practices
  • Acupuncture (needling, moxibustion and cupping)
  • Chinese massage
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Western biomedical sciences (theoretical understanding, as well as microbiology, pathology and pathophysiology)
  • TCM traumatology
  • TCM gynaecology
  • TCM paediatrics
  • Dermatology
  • Clinical management
  • Clinical studies
  • Clinical training
  • Clinical internship
  • Professional and practice issues (counselling, ethics, communication and legislative frameworks and legal management, first aid, research methods and practice management)

Please note: What was formerly an accepted qualification of an Advanced Diploma of Chinese Herbal Medicine is no longer offered or accepted by Australian standards of qualifications.