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Herbal Medicine

About the Course

Herbal Medicine Diploma Course

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine has a long tradition in all cultures, and recent research has begun to prove some of the huge benefits of using herbs. As well as relieving symptoms, herbal medicine also works on a deeper level to help patients return to full harmony. Herbal medicine is becoming ever more popular, as ever more people seek out qualified herbalists.

Why Study Herbal Medicine with The CNM?

The CNM Herbal Medicine Diploma Course provides high quality training that equips graduates to build successful practices. It is carefully structured so each study unit builds on the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as professional Herbalists. Students are strongly encouraged to develop their own unique style of consultation and application. One of the strengths of The College of Naturopathic Medicine course is that we draw on a variety of herbal traditions: we have expert lecturers in western, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Chinese herbal medicine. Students study the energetic models of these systems, allowing them to make a multi–faceted, holistic diagnosis. Graduates can draw on a wide variety of herbs from different traditions, helping them to provide the best possible treatment for their patients. Studying Herbal Medicine at the CNM means that upon graduating, you are not only a Herbalist but also have a good grounding in Naturopathic Nutrition, First Aid Homeopathy, Chinese diagnostics, Bach Flowers, Tissue Salts, Naturopathy and Iridology. You'll be a specialist in Herbal Medicine and you will be able to apply a number of other tools to help your patients. CNM Diploma courses focus on practical applications as the main aim of CNM is to train its students to become successful practitioners.

The Regulation of Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine is regulated by professional associations. CNM graduates are eligible to join relevant associations and get indemnity insurance.

What our students say:

"A truly professional and supportive organisation that really understands the needs of the students and goes that extra bit to ensure you feel secure. Everyone is very practical, approachable and friendly. Loving my studies. Just hope my 4 years don't go too fast..."
- Michelle Delaney

Prerequisites

5 GCSEs or 2 A Levels, or equivalent academic and/or work experience. If you are able to demonstrate previous study or work experience you may apply to gain exemptions from some units. Please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment.

Level I (Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study, Herbal Medicine I)

Duration - 1 - 3 years

Biomedicine

Duration - 1 year
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Medical terminology, cells, tissues, embryology
  • Anatomy, physiology, pathology
  • Clinical diagnostic, differential diagnosis
  • Examination methods
  • Infectious Diseases, Red Flag symptoms

Naturopathy Study

Duration - 1 year
  • Naturopathy
  • TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) 1
    • Chinese diagnostic, face, tongue, pulse, nail, abdominal diagnostics
  • Naturopathic Nutrition
  • First Aid Homeopathy
  • Introduction to Herbal Medicine
  • Naturopathy Clinics (Iridology)
    • History of Iridology
    • Technique of Examination
    • Topography of the Iris
    • Constitution, Disposition and Diathesis
    • Pupil Phenomena
    • Study of the signs
    • Study of pigments
    • Clinical application

Herbal Medicine year 1

Duration - 1 year
  • History, philosophy and treatment theories of Western herbal medicine.
  • Herbal actions and their therapeutic applications
  • Safety considerations for herbal medicine
  • Social, political and legal context for herbal practice
  • Plant anatomy and physiology
  • Basic horticulture
  • Ecological issues and sustainability in herbal medicine
  • Energetics (Greco-Roman, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, American traditions)
  • Clinical Observation
  • Practitioner Development & Ethics I
  • Research & study skills I

Level II (Naturopathic Principles and Herbal Medicine II)

Duration - 1 year

Naturopathic Principles

Duration - 1 year
  • Naturopathy & Detoxification
  • Bach Flower Therapy
  • Tissue Salts

Herbal Medicine year 2

Duration - 1 year
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Herb drug interactions
  • Botany & Plant identification
  • Quality assessment of herbal medicines
  • Preparation of internal and external herbal medicines
  • Herbal medicine materia medica
  • Clinical examination skills
  • Pathology
  • Clinical Observation and Experience
  • Practitioner Development & Ethics II
  • Research & study skills II

Level III (Herbal Medicine III and Dissertation)

Duration - 1 year

Herbal Medicine year 3

  • Herbal Therapeutics
  • Eyes, ears, nose, throat and face
  • Lower respiratory system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Genitourinary system
  • Cardio-vascular system
  • Blood and lymphatic system
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine system
  • Immune system
  • Female and male reproductive systems
  • Fertility
  • First aid and acute treatments
  • Dermatology
  • Obstetrics
  • Paediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics
  • Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Management
  • Practitioner Development & Ethics III

Dissertation

Diploma

  • CNM Diploma in Herbal Medicine
  • CNM Diploma in Naturopathy

Study Programme and Locations

Options

  • Full time, weekdays (London only)
  • Part time, weekends (London and Manchester)
  • NEW! Herbal medicine course now available in Manchester
  • Biomedicine modules are available in all UK Colleges including London, Manchester, Brighton, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol

Intake Dates

Typically, students enrol for the Autumn (Oct) and Spring (Feb) semesters. However, since our Biomedicine and Naturopathy courses are built around a modular system, new students can join a course throughout the year.

Examples

Depending on your study schedule, the diploma courses can be completed in 3, 4 or 5 years. Full time study
  • Year 1: (Level 1) Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study and Herbal Medicine year 1
  • Year 2: (Level 2) Naturopathic Principles and Herbal Medicine year 2
  • Year 3: (Level 3) Herbal Medicine Year 3 and Dissertation
Part time study
  • Year 1: (Level 1) Biomedicine
  • Year 2: (Level 1) Naturopathy Study
  • Year 3: (Level 1) Herbal Medicine year 1
  • Year 4: (Level 2) Herbal Medicine year 2 and Naturopathic Principles
  • Year 5: (Level 3) Herbal Medicine year 3 and Dissertation
Our course consultants are here to help you create a schedule that suits your needs - contact us for information.

Cost

Please contact our course consultants for exact course pricing, discounts, and financing options.

Recognition

Herbal Medicine Training

ANP CNM graduates are accepted by the ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners).

How to Apply

We advise you to first contact us and discuss your personal needs and goals. We can then assist you in tailoring a study schedule that suits your lifestyle and commitments. Our course consultants are knowledgable, friendly, and deal with students from all walks of life - please call us at +44 (0)1342 410 505, use our contact form, or email info@naturopathy-uk.com.

Admissions Contact

Lynne Ott +44 (0)1342 410 505 Unit 1, Bulrushes Farm Coombe Hill Road East Grinstead West Sussex, RH19 4LZ T: (+44) 1342 410 505 F: (+44) 1342 410 90

Continuing Study Options

Further Study with the CNM

Students who have completed their Herbal training with the CNM may opt to study additional specialist diploma courses, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, or Naturopathic Nutrition.

Degrees

CNM graduates are fully equipped to become successful therapists. Statistics have shown that more than 80% of CNM graduates are practising. To advance therapeutic skills, CNM offers post-graduate courses and additional training. CNM works with a number of Universities which gives our graduates the option to enrol if they are interested in a BSc or MSc programme.

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