Volker Scheid grew up in a family engaged in the cultivation of medicinal herbs. Following an apprenticeship as a gardener he came to England to study phytotherapy, acupuncture, Chinese and Japanese herbal medicine. Further studies led him to China, where he spent three years at Beijing and Shanghai Universities of Chinese medicine as well as studying privately with different master physicians. It also led to a deepening academic involvement with East Asian medicines pursued at the University of Cambridge, SOAS, and now the University of Westminster, where he is director of the EASTmedicine Research Centre. He is also a licensed practitioner of natural medicine (Heilpraktiker) in his native Germany.
In 1984, Volker opened West Terrace Clinic in Eastbourne (UK), which he ran until 1999, when they returned to London. Opening a centre focusing on traditional East Asian medicines has been a long-standing dream that, after a long wait, finally became reality in 2010.
Volker believes that seeking to embody the ideal of the traditional scholar physician (ruyi 儒醫) is the most effective means of making available the enormous resources of East Asian medicine to the modern West. He welcomes you to inquiry with him directly as to how these medical traditions might benefit you.
- Volker Scheid: Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China (2002)
- Bensky, D./ Scheid, Volker/ et al.: Chinese Herbal Medicine - Formulas & Strategies (2009)