How to become a medical herbalist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
To prepare for work as a medical herbalist, you can complete a degree level course in herbal medicine approved by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.
Courses last 3 years full time or 4 to 6 years part time and include at least 500 hours of supervised clinical practice with patients.
If you're a trained medical practitioner like a doctor or nurse, you could take a postgraduate degree in herbal medicine.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You'll find it useful to arrange some work shadowing with a practising medical herbalist before you begin your studies.
Some training providers offer short courses in herbal medicine, which give you the opportunity to learn more about the subject and to see if it's a career you want to get into.
There is currently no statutory regulation for medical herbalists.
You can find out more about how to become a medical herbalist from the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.