To prepare for work as a medical herbalist, you should complete a degree in herbal medicine approved by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists or one of the organisations represented by the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association.
Degrees last 3 years full time or 5 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