NIMH was first established as the National Association of Medical Herbalists in 1864 by a group of herbalists from the north of England. It is the UK’s largest professional body representing herbal practitioners. The Institute is self-regulating and is run on a voluntary basis. The Institute maintains a register of individual members, sets the profession’s educational standards and runs an accreditation system for training establishments, maintains mandatory programmes of professional development, has a complaints mechanism and disciplinary procedures, requires members to have professional indemnity insurance.
This is another professional body of medical herbalists in the UK set up in 1991, with an emphasis on the use of scientific research to inform herbal treatments.
- The Herb Society, UK
The Herb Society, established 80 years ago, is an educational charity dedicated to encouraging the appreciation and use of herbs. It brings together those interested in herbs whether they are professionals or amateurs. Their website is a good resource.
Living Medicine’s aim is to re-skill us all in using food and herbs for our everyday healthcare, sharing knowledge across cultures. Their plan it to set up an educational centre in London with gardens and space for ongoing education in medicinal plants.