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The Herbal Hub is a gateway to a wealth of resources for anyone who wants to choose their herbal treatments wisely.

The Hub can be your personal and family herb toolkit. Here you will be able to

  • find lots of useful free information on this site and linked Facebook pages
  • download guides to the safe and effective use of herbs
      • watch out for new eBooks
  • obtain reliable herbal medicines at best prices
      • search under the relevant condition on this site
  • join a community of herb users and experts
      • see below for local access to specialists in the use of herbal medicine and watch this space for more details of our panel of remote experts who can advise you online

You can feel confident that the tools are good! The information is balanced, with advice also about how not to use herbs.

The FIRST eBook is free to download and gives sound guidance to making the best choices:

  • Why choose herbs?
  • Are herbs safe to try?
  • What can I try herbs for?
  • Where to start?
  • How do I prepare my herbs?
  • What dose works for me?
  • The story of herbal medicine

 

 

 

 

 

Specialist advice on the use of plant medicines

Whenever a problem becomes more than a minor or self-limiting condition then it is wise to seek expert advice, starting with a regular physician to make the initial assessment and diagnosis. Once the formal diagnosis and treatment regimen has been obtained it may be possible to consider plant remedies as a supportive measure. In this case do take all the precautions we do on this site. The best solution in many cases is to find specialist professional advice. In most parts of the world there are such opportunities, although in individual circumstances the options may be restricted.

Below are general guides to finding expert advice.

Orthodox route
The use of plant medicines (‘phytomedicines’ in Europe) is part of orthodox medicine in some countries. If you go to a doctor or a pharmacist in the following countries they are likely to know a useful amount about their use:

  • France
  • Germany
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan

In some countries pharmacists are particularly well-informed about plant medicines even if doctors are less used to prescribing them

  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • Spain

Herbal practitioners
In the following countries there are recognised professional groups of herbal practitioners, phytotherapists or traditional practitioners. These may have university training (marked*) and some have professional codes of ethics and practice to protect the patient. However there is usually no licensing of these practitioners and in most cases the patient will need to make individual checks to establish the good standing and reputation of the practitioner. Where there are links here it is usually possible to obtain lists of practising members: one may assess the professionalism of the association from the information it provides to the public. Look for evidence of professional codes of conduct and ideally opportunities for the public to make contact if there is any complaint.

One simple piece of advice: if the practitioner offers too much, advertises cures for diseases, then be very cautious.  A good practitioner will not make hyped-up claims.

The fact that a professional association is listed here is not a recommendation that its members are safe to use. This list is not complete and will be expanded as more information is received and checked.

Australia. National Herbalists Association of Australia

Canada. The Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations. The professional membership of the American Herbalist Guild also includes Canadian practitioners

New Zealand. New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists

United Kingdom. A practitioner group closely associated with the Herbal Hub is the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy*. In the UK there is an umbrella body of practitioners, the European Herbal and Traditional Practitioners Association, including the above and others in the western tradition, as well as those practising in the Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Tibetan traditions. The EHTPA is negotiating with the UK government towards statutory regulation (licensing) of herbal practice in that country. It has associate members in Denmark, Ireland and Sweden.

USA. American Herbalists Guild (check their ‘Find an herbalist’ link for lists of their professional members)  Graduates of the Tai Sophia Institute Masters program in Herbal Medicine (now expanded into a wider range of programs) have been closely involved in the development of the Herbal Hub (and background Plant Medicine facility) and are specifically trained in supporting herbal self care choices.