Herbal Medicine Courses

Herbal Medicine Diploma Course

CNM’s Herbal Medicine diploma course is divided into three parts and takes 3-5 years to complete depending on your chosen schedule.

The Herbal Medicine diploma course provides high quality training which equips graduates to build successful practices. It is carefully structured. Each study unit builds on the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as Herbalists.

  • Part 1 Biomedicine, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
    Naturopathy Study, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
    Herbal Medicine I, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
  • Part 2 Naturopathic Principles, 5 weekends or 10 weekdays
    Herbal Medicine II, 1 year, 23 weekends or 46 weekdays
  • Part 3 Herbal Medicine III, 1 year. 24 weekends or 47 weekdays

Course Overview

Length of Study: 3-5 years, depending on chosen schedule

Clinical Hours: 500 hours

Study Locations: London,  Manchester and Online

CNM Diploma: Dip. Herbal Medicine & Dip. Naturopath

Accreditation: ANP, AMH, GNC

Become a Qualified Herbalist

Why study Herbal Medicine with CNM

  • In-depth, practice-oriented study leading to successful Herbalists
  • Excellent up-to-date educational material including filmed lectures
  • Focus on whole, organic western herbs treating the whole person
  • 500 clinic hours on real clients to become confident with clients
  • Experienced & supportive lecturers who are herbalists themselves
  • Have your own finance & business plan, blog and social media
  • Leading UK herbal training provider, well acknowledged in the world
  • Study also Nutrition, Detox, Chinese diagnostic, Iridology, First Aid Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Physical Therapies leading to a Naturopathy Dipl.
  • Option to study Online or In Class at one of CNM’s college locations

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Herbal Medicine Diploma In-Class - Syllabus

Anatomy & Physiology - Year 1 of 3 - Nutrition Course with CNM

Part 1: Biomedicine


  • Anatomy, physiology, pathology
  • Infectious diseases, oncology
  • Clinical diagnostic, differential diagnosis
  • Examination methods
  • Laboratory, pharmacology
  • Red flag symptoms
  • Drug interactions

Naturopathy Study

  • 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 I

  • 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

Plant identification in Herbal Medicine Course

Part 2: Naturopathic Principles and Herbal Medicine II

Naturopathic Principles

  • Naturopathy & Detoxification
  • Bach Flower Therapy
  • Tissue Salts

Herbal Medicine II

  • 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

Herbal Dispensary on CNM's Herbal Medicine Course

Part 3: Herbal Medicine III and Dissertation

Herbal Medicine III

  • 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


Biomedicine: Sample Lecture Video

Herbal Medicine: Sample Lecture Video

Herbal Medicine Course 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.

Herbal Medicine Course Accreditation

Herbal Medicine Training

CNM Students are eligible to join the ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) and receive the following benefits:

  • Access to various databases for further research
  • Discounted indemnity insurance for clinical practice
  • Discounts from various companies
  • Reduced fees for special seminars, lectures, master classes, workshops
  • Free training to set up your business
  • Free mentoring for new graduates
amh AMH (Association of Master Herbalists).The CNM Herbal Medicine course has been fully accredited by the AMH for many years.

Naturopathy Training

CNM’s Herbal Medicine training is based on Naturopathic Principles. It covers additional Naturopathic topics which gives the CNM trained Herbalist a wider spectrum of therapeutic and diagnostic tools.

general-naturopathic-council-logo GNC (General Naturopathic Council). Graduates are eligible to apply for GNC registration.
ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) is a member of the GNC (General Naturopathic Council) which is the professions council for Naturopathy in the UK.

Further Study

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

Herbal medicine has a long tradition in all cultures. Applications in practice have proven the huge benefits of 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.

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.

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