Becoming a Herbalist

To become a Herbalist that meets the Gold Standard set by NIMH, students must undertake a BSc degree in Herbal Medicine at an accredited institution, which will cover the following areas:

  • Knowledge Sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, botany, diagnostic procedures, physical examination, materia medica, posology, nutrition, diet, orthodox medicines and procedures, practice management, health and safety, medical legislation.
  • Skills for communication with patients and other professionals, history taking, health assessment, maintaining a clean and secure dispensary, herbal pharmacy, liaison with other practitioners.
  • Understanding An understanding of the ethics of professional practice, issues of confidentiality, botanical therapeutics, the responsibility to maintain fitness to practice and the need for continuing professional and personal development. In addition to theoretical education, students undertake a minimum of 500 hours supervised clinical training.

BSc and PGDip/MSc programmes in herbal medicine are accredited by the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA) Accreditation Board.

Current courses accepted for membership to the NIMH

Lincoln College with validation by University of Lincoln
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

Westminster University
Bsc (Hons) Herbal Medicine