International Students – Herbal Medicine Specialist Diploma Course

About the 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. Whereas much modern medicine has unwelcome side effects, herbs can provide a gentle, yet powerful, solution to a wide range of physical and emotional problems.

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 in the UK, as ever more people seek out qualified herbalists.

Why Study Herbal Medicine with The CNM?

The College of Naturopathic Medicine Herbal Medicine Diploma is designed to provide a high quality training that will equip graduates to build highly successful practices. It is carefully structured so that each Unit builds on the previous ones, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as professional medical herbalists. We also strongly encourage each student to develop his or her unique style of working.

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 will also study the energetic models of these systems, allowing them to make a multi – faceted, holistic diagnosis. Graduates will be able to draw on a wide variety of herbs from different traditions, helping them to provide the best possible treatment for their patients.


HSC or GCSE, 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


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



  • CNM Diploma in Naturopathy
  • CNM Diploma in Herbal Medicine


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


  • Examining Body – CNM
  • Awarding Body – CNM

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 advisors 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

Admissions Contact

José Llaguno

+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 410 909

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