John Hicks is joint principal and co-founder of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. He has been a practising acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist for 35 years. Hicks graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, in 1974, then underwent postgraduate clinical training in Nanjing in 1986 and trained in herbs with Ted Kaptchuk in 1987. He is author of several books on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and teaches herbs and formulae on the Chinese herbal medicine courses at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. Hicks has a PhD from the University of London and has been practising Chinese Medicine since 1975. He is Joint-Principal of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, which he co-founded in 1993. The College offers a three-and-a-half year course leading to a BSc Hons Degree in Acupuncture which is awarded by Kingston University. He originally trained at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) where he was Dean as well as a lecturer and clinical supervisor from 1978 to 1985. He created the Acupuncture Skills course which teaches the basic diagnostic skills of Five Element constitutional diagnosis. Hicks has undertaken clinical training at the Nanjing College of TCM and is a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine. As well as teaching undergraduates John has taught TCM to postgraduates and with Angela Hicks has developed the Clinical Integration course for practitioners wishing to combine Five Element & TCM skills. John Hicks is an associate trainer with the Society of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming and practises Qigong.