Science and Education
In 1968, Jeremy gained a BSc. in Biological Sciences from Birmingham University, UK, graduating with First Class Honours. This degree specialized in plant physiology and biochemistry, and was followed by one year of postgraduate research.
He then trained at the Department of Education at Birmingham University, graduating in 1971 with Distinction in both the theory and practice of teaching.
Western herbal medicine
Jeremy started his training in Western herbal medicine with Michael Tierra in San Francisco in 1973. This practical training was based on a synthesis of the work of the American Physiomedical practitioners, especially John Christopher, and the herbal wisdom of the Native Americans.
On returning to England, he studied at the College of Phytotherapy with Hein Zeylstra, graduating in 1982 and becoming a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists later that year. This training combined the Physiomedical and empirical approaches to herbalism with an understanding of plant pharmacology, linking Jeremy’s herbal studies to his original training in botanical sciences.
Chinese herbal medicine
After graduating from the two-year course in Chinese herbal medicine taught by Ted Kaptchuk in Holland, he completed an advanced training in Chinese herbs in Nanjing, China, in 1988, where he specialized in heart disease, gynecology and pediatrics.
Jeremy started his acupuncture training in San Francisco with Efrem Korngold. In 1974, he returned to England and studied at the colleges of Dick van Buren, Jack Worsley, and Royston Low. This variety of training proved invaluable, giving him three very different perspectives on Chinese medicine from which he was to form a synthesis for acupuncture teaching and practice.
He graduated from the college of Jack Worsley in 1977, and in 1982 gained a Bachelor of Acupuncture degree with Distinction from the college of the British Acupuncture Association.
In January 1981, Jeremy went to Guangzhou to study with Professor Wu Xin Jin. He later attended the first advanced acupuncture course in Nanjing, organized by Giovanni Maciocia, where he was fortunate to study with Dr. Su Xin Ming whose wisdom, kindness, and patience was an inspiration.