Professional Qualifications

Professional Medical Herbalists will have a BSc degree or equivalent in Herbal Medicine and be a member of a statutory state registered governing body such as the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

They have a secure knowledge of medical anatomy, physiology, pathology, botany, diagnostic procedures, physical examination, materia medica, posology, nutrition, diet, orthodox medicines and procedures. In addition they have demonstrated skills of communication with patients and other professionals, history taking, health assessment, herbal pharmacy and demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of professional practice, issues of confidentiality, botanical therapeutics, the responsibility to maintain fitness to practise and the need for continuing professional and personal development.

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In addition to theoretical education, students undertake a minimum of 500 hours supervised clinical training.

For more about professional standards please see the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.