This year, I have the privilege to be among the elite class of international health care practitioners studying Traditional Chinese Medicine for Dermatology in London. This TCM Dermatology Diploma Course is taught by world-renown Chinese Medicine practitioner Mazin Al-Khafaji. Taking this course has been one of my recent dreams. I am gushing even as I write this because I feel so honored to be studying with such an amazing teacher. I am even more excited to be attending this course in the cosmopolitan city of London – what an adventure! The program is 5 modules, each taught over the course of 3 days. So by the end of the year, I will have traveled to London from Colorado, USA a total of 5 times. I have already completed the first two modules and I thought you might appreciate a photographic glimpse into my journey thus far. While I did spend most of my time in the classroom or studying, I found enough time to explore the streets of London on foot and here are few of my favorite snippets of what I saw. Enjoy!
On AirBnB.com, I found an affordable room to rent in a 4-story walk up in the posh Marylebone neighborhood in Westminster (central London).
Tiny bed, but it was all I needed. Turned out I had such bad jet lag that I hardly slept anyway. At least Kate Moss kept watch over me.
That plug adapter was designed to work in 150 countries. England was NOT one of them. Good thing you can pick those adapters up at any Boots drug store and other locations all over the city for cheap.
I am certain I was not the only foreigner who appreciated this help when crossing busy intersections.
It was only a 15-minute walk to class which was held in Regent’s University in Regent’s Park. This is a quaint corner on Marylebone High Street.
The gates to Queen Mary’s Garden in Regent’s Park. This was right across the street from our classroom. I had lovely strolls through here at lunch.
Spring flowers in Queen Mary’s Garden
The entrance to Regent’s University. The cab looks like a toy in this photo, don’t you think?
I got a seat in the front row! Hooray! I was SOOOO excite for this class to begin.
So much to learn! This is what we covered in only ONE module.
I loved all the older architecture in the Marylebone neighborhood.
Even the buses are stylish in London.
This handsome door knocker is more like a door guardian.
Pompholyx eczema is but one of the many skin conditions we have studied so far. We learn to understand the disease from both the biomedical viewpoint as well as the TCM perspective. Then we learn how to treat the condition using Chinese herbal medicine.
So many patisseries line the streets with fresh pastries in every window. Resistance is futile.
Enjoying a pint on the Thames on a crisp day back in February. That is a lateral view of the London Eye in the far background.
More of the stunning architecture that captured my eye while walking back from class.
One of the many forms of eczema that we learn to treat with Chinese herbs.
There is a monument at Royal Albert Hall in honor of Prince Albert. There are fabulously detailed statues on each corner. This corner was my favorite.
The view from my room. The room I stay in is at the back side of the apartment building.
The London Eye. I walked all over the city. Miles and miles and miles. Grateful I had such lovely weather.
Lichen Planus is quite a challenging condition to treat. Chinese medicine is such an effective natural option for so many skin diseases.
The rooftops of London as seen from the roof of my apartment. Grateful the building manager did not have me arrested when he caught me up there!
Regent’s Canal, Little Venice, London. The house boat on the left is actually “Duende”, Sir Richard Branson’s house boat. He lived there in the 1980’s when he was first building the Virgin Group of companies. I stumbled upon it while out on a run.
Thanks to what I learned in this course, perioral dermatitis has become one of the most common things I treat.
The Golden Eagle. Just around the corner from the apartment I stay in, this has got to be the most quaint pub in the world.
The London Underground (a.k.a “The Tube”). I have no idea how I managed to get a shot with no people in it. The Underground is usually teeming with hordes of commuters.
Watching airplanes take off in Heathrow as I await my flight back to America.
I will go back to London 3 more times yet this year for further dermatology training. I love to post photos of my adventures, so be sure to follow Zi Zai Dermatology on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss any of them in the future!
Tags: Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, continuing education, dermatology, london, TCM, traditional chinese medicine, travel
Topics: Chinese Medicine, Miscellaneous
Publish Date: May 12, 2015 *Articles may include updates since original publishing.
Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK. She completed the program for a second time in 2019 in Chicago.