The Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists (IIMH) has always striven to support their members in attaining the highest level of professional expertise. This is to ensure patient safety as well as enabling members to be at the forefront of current research within herbal medicine. It is with this in mind that we set out to develop training for Medical Herbalists here in Ireland.
To support this level of practice the IIMH introduced two parts to their training, an introductory undergraduate science based programme of Herbal Science and a post graduate Clinical programme.
In April 2016, The NIMH Education Fund launched a new educational initiative, under the name Heartwood, with the aim of producing a suite of distance learning courses and programmes as part of its mission to promote excellence in Herbal Medicine education.
The project is led by Nic Rowley, MA, MRCS, PGCE (former Dean of Studies at the School of Herbal Medicine), and managed by Paul Hambly, MNIMH (Chair of the Fund), with Hananja Brice-Ytsma, MSc, MNIMH, as Clinical Director and Adrian McDermott, BSc, as Learning Systems Developer.
B.Sc (Herbal science)
Cork Institute of Technology
A BSc Herbal Science honours degree was developed in conjunction with Cork Institute of Technology to support research and production of herbal and natural products. The IIMH feels strongly that the use of herbal products/ herbal medicine should be underpinned by evidence of quality, safety and efficacy.
This course is accredited by the IIMH and can form part of the standard entry requirements for the post graduate Clinical course in Herbal Medicine.
In addition to Clinical studies, graduates of the Herbal Science degree have many possible career opportunities in the areas of natural products, functional foods, food development, and the bio-pharmaceutical sectors.
The Irish College of Traditional and Integrative Medicine (ICTIM) is an online education institution providing professional training in the use of herbs and other natural medicines.
Our mission is to provide professional clinical training tailored to ensure you become a competent professional clinician. Our focus is on the ethical use of herbal and natural medicines within an integrative approach that includes modern research and traditional practice.
ICTIM looks to the science and art of medicine using herbs and natural medicines as the treatment of choice for patients.
Our courses are accredited by the European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA) and the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board.