Statutory Regulation of Herbalists
The Department of Health announced on 16th February 2011 that herbalists, including practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine will be regulated by the government’s Health Professions Council from April 20121.
After a ten year campaign by the RCHM (Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine) and its parent association the EHTPA (European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioner’s Association) and by many people who use herbal medicine the government has recognised the desire for freedom of choice coupled with strict standards of health care.
Herbal Medicine has been practiced in China for over 2000 years and is used alongside western medicine or as an alternative for conditions that do not respond well to western medicine. The evidence base for the efficacy of Chinese Herbal Medicine is growing.
What does this mean to you as a patient?
It will ensure that only the most competent practitioners can treat the public and those who are regulated, fully insured and adhere to a strict code of ethics.
As recognised health care practitioners it is hoped that more private medical insurance companies will cover patients who visit herbalists.
It will mean that you will prescribed herbs by a qualified practitioner who uses an approved supplier that supply herbs that are of the highest quality that contain no adulterants, are tested for heavy metals and contaminants, are only of botanical origin, and are not endangered species.
While we wait for statutory regulation to be implemented in April 2012 only visit a herbalist who is a member of the EHTPA and their affiliate bodies.
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Using herbs and acupuncture in combination to treat sports injuries.
Simon Plant. March 2011
Simon Plant BSc (Hons) MSc MBacC RCHM
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Breathe London Well Being Centre
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