Why not get together with other local herbalists?
Here's some tools to help you organise a local meeting
As herbalists, we often work by ourselves and it is sometimes easy to become isolated and feel unsupported. National herbal events can go only so far in providing the sort of support that we need. Many regions already have active local herbal practitioner groups that provide a variety of services. If there isn’t already a group near to you, then why not consider setting up a local group and meeting up with other herbal practitioners in the area.
Meeting up with other herbalists also helps further develop your own knowledge and experience, and as such most professional associations allow meetings of this type to be counted towards your continuing professional development requirements. It is also a very sociable and low-cost way of creating a local support network and making new herbal friends.
- Have a chat to any other herbalists you know locally to see if there is interest in meeting up.
- To find out who else is in your area, look at the directories on the professional association sites – see below for details
- Decide what you would like to meet up about. This could be peer support, discussing case studies, joint marketing, public events, walks or workshops.
- Think about what area you will cover and also if you want to invite local herbalists from all herbal traditions, or just those working within your own tradition
- Decide if you want to host a meet up in yours or another practitioner’s home, or meet in a cafe or hired room somewhere. It could even be a walk.
Making some simple refreshments available at your meeting is often a good incentive for people to come along. Guests can be invited to bring some food to share with the group.
Herbal Professional Associations
Below are the herbal practitioner professional associations (PAs) based in UK and Ireland. Most PAs have an online directory of their members so you can find other herbalists who are in your area. Membership of professional associations is important for herbal practitioners as it provides support and protection for herbalists. It also ensures that standards are maintained in the herbal profession.
CPP members’ practices are wholly focused on herbal medicine or phytotherapy. The CPP’s mission is to be an exemplar for this practice, as a strong and effective therapeutic discipline in its own right and as a significant part of the healthcare spectrum.
The URHP is a small and friendly professional association and register of qualified herbal practitioners. It is unique in that it embraces the diversity of the herbal world, with members trained in different herbal traditions: Western Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan Medicine and Unani Tibb.
The National Institute of Medical Herbalists promotes the benefits, the efficacy and the safe use of herbal medicine. It ensured that its member herbal medicine practitioners maintain high standards of training and professional conduct. The Institute has a long and illustrious history. It was first established as the National Association of Medical Herbalists in 1864.
APA is a voluntary register for Ayurvedic Professionals in the UK established in 2005. The APA is run by a voluntary committee elected by members. The APA are here to support enthusiastic individuals with a passion for Ayurveda who can help grow the interest in and take Ayurveda to the next level.
The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK (ATCM) is a self-regulated professional organisation founded in 1994 by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners in the UK.
The British Association of Accredited Ayurvedic Practitioners (BAAAP) was established in 1999 as the professional affiliate of the British Ayurvedic Medical Council (BAMC) in order to promote Ayurveda in the west and to overcome regulatory restrictions and cultural prejudices that inhibit its integration within mainstream health care provision in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.
Our mission is to provide excellence, high quality and safe practice of Chinese herbalism in Ireland. Our association is committed to establishing and maintaining the highest standards in professional training for medical herbalists who use the traditions of Chinese herbalism. We support best practice and all our members comply with the codes of ethics and best practice of this association.
The IRH is a professional body for fully trained, safe and competent herbalists who meet their qualification threshold and who accept the high standards of ethics, stringent criteria and professional conduct the Register demands. It is an all-Ireland body representing herbalists throughout the 32 counties.
The PRTCM is an Irish-based professional body founded in 1983 to promote and protect the professional interests and medical standards of fully qualified practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine throughout Ireland and in the UK, thereby to foster the highest quality of TCM health-care for the public.
The Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists is a professional organisation committed to placing the practice of herbal medicine within an integrative approach to healthcare. Our practice is built on traditional knowledge supported by modern science. We are committed to developing research to support evidence of best practice.
IRCMH members have a minimum of 2 years post graduate study in Chinese herbal medicine and are graduates from colleges whose curricula meet the high standards deemed necessary for membership.
Other Professional Associations
Below are other professional associations that have herbal practitioners as members.
The ANP is a professional association representing Naturopathic Therapists. Naturopathy is based on principles, so one can find a Naturopathic Therapist practising as a Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist, Acupuncturist, or Homeopath. We are committed to developing research to support evidence of best practice.
Addional resources may be available from your professional association.