Herbal Medicine Courses

About CNM’s Herbal Medicine Courses

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine has a long tradition in all cultures. Applications in practice have proven the huge benefits of herbs. As well as relieving symptoms, herbal medicine also works on a deeper level to help patients return to full harmony. Herbal medicine is becoming ever more popular, as ever more people seek out qualified herbalists.

Why Study Herbal Medicine with The CNM?

The CNM Herbal Medicine Diploma Course provides high quality training that equips graduates to build successful practices. It is carefully structured so each study unit builds on the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as professional Herbalists. Students are strongly encouraged to develop their own unique style of consultation and application. One of the strengths of The College of Naturopathic Medicine course is that we draw on a variety of herbal traditions: we have expert lecturers in western, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Chinese herbal medicine. Students study the energetic models of these systems, allowing them to make a multi–faceted, holistic diagnosis. Graduates can draw on a wide variety of herbs from different traditions, helping them to provide the best possible treatment for their patients. Studying Herbal Medicine at the CNM means that upon graduating, you are not only a Herbalist but also have a good grounding in Naturopathic Nutrition, First Aid Homeopathy, Chinese diagnostics, Bach Flowers, Tissue Salts, Naturopathy and Iridology. You’ll be a specialist in Herbal Medicine and you will be able to apply a number of other tools to help your patients. CNM Diploma courses focus on practical applications as the main aim of CNM is to train its students to become successful practitioners.

The Regulation of Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine is regulated by professional associations. CNM graduates are eligible to join relevant associations and get indemnity insurance.

What our students say:

“A truly professional and supportive organisation that really understands the needs of the students and goes that extra bit to ensure you feel secure. Everyone is very practical, approachable and friendly. Loving my studies. Just hope my 4 years don’t go too fast…”
– Michelle Delaney

Herbal Medicine Course Prerequisites

5 GCSEs or 2 A Levels, or equivalent academic and/or work experience. If you are able to demonstrate previous study or work experience you may apply to gain exemptions from some units. Please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment.

Course Syllabus

Part 1 (Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study, Herbal Medicine I)

Duration – 1 – 3 years


Duration – 1 year

  • Anatomy, physiology, pathology
  • Infectious diseases, oncology
  • Clinical diagnostic, differential diagnosis
  • Examination methods
  • Laboratory, pharmacology
  • Red flag symptoms
  • Drug interactions

Naturopathy Study

Duration – 1 year

  • Naturopathy
  • TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) 1
    • Chinese diagnostic, face, tongue, pulse, nail, abdominal diagnostics
  • Naturopathic Nutrition
  • First Aid Homeopathy
  • Introduction to Herbal Medicine
  • Naturopathy Clinics (Iridology)
    • History of Iridology
    • Technique of Examination
    • Topography of the Iris
    • Constitution, Disposition and Diathesis
    • Pupil Phenomena
    • Study of the signs
    • Study of pigments
    • Clinical application

Herbal Medicine year 1

Duration – 1 year

  • History, philosophy and treatment theories of Western herbal medicine
  • Herbal actions and their therapeutic applications
  • Safety considerations for herbal medicine
  • Social, political and legal context for herbal practice
  • Plant anatomy and physiology
  • Basic horticulture
  • Ecological issues and sustainability in herbal medicine
  • Energetics (Greco-Roman, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, American traditions)
  • Clinical Observation
  • Practitioner Development & Ethics I
  • Research & study skills I

Part 2 (Naturopathic Principles and Herbal Medicine II)

Duration – 1 year

Naturopathic Principles

Duration – 1 year

  • Naturopathy & Detoxification
  • Bach Flower Therapy
  • Tissue Salts

Herbal Medicine year 2

Duration – 1 year

  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Herb drug interactions
  • Botany & Plant identification
  • Quality assessment of herbal medicines
  • Preparation of internal and external herbal medicines
  • Herbal medicine materia medica
  • Clinical examination skills
  • Pathology
  • Clinical Observation and Experience
  • Practitioner Development & Ethics II
  • Research & study skills II

Part 3 (Herbal Medicine III and Dissertation)

Duration – 1 year

Herbal Medicine year 3

  • Herbal Therapeutics
  • Eyes, ears, nose, throat and face
  • Lower respiratory system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Genitourinary system
  • Cardio-vascular system
  • Blood and lymphatic system
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine system
  • Immune system
  • Female and male reproductive systems
  • Fertility
  • First aid and acute treatments
  • Dermatology
  • Obstetrics
  • Paediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics
  • Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Management
  • Practitioner Development & Ethics III



  • CNM Diploma in Herbal Medicine
  • CNM Diploma in Naturopathy

Course Overview

The Herbal Medicine Course consists of 3 parts.

Part 1 Biomedicine, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
Naturopathy Study, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
Herbal Medicine I, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays

Part 2 Naturopathic Principles, 5 weekends or 10 weekdays
Herbal Medicine II, 1 year, 23 weekends or 46 weekdays

Part 3 Herbal Medicine III, 1 year. 24 weekends or 47 weekdays

Study Programme and Locations


  • Full time, weekdays (London only)
  • Part time, weekends (London and Manchester)
  • Herbal medicine course (Manchester)
  • Biomedicine modules are available in all UK Colleges including London, Manchester, Brighton, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol

Intake Dates

Typically, students enrol for the Autumn (Oct) and Spring (Feb) semesters. However, since our Biomedicine and Naturopathy courses are built around a modular system, new students can join a course throughout the year.


Depending on your study schedule, the diploma courses can be completed in 3, 4 or 5 years.

Full time study

  • Year 1: (Part 1) Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study and Herbal Medicine year 1
  • Year 2: (Part 2) Naturopathic Principles and Herbal Medicine year 2
  • Year 3: (Part 3) Herbal Medicine Year 3 and Dissertation

Part time study

  • Year 1: (Part 1) Biomedicine
  • Year 2: (Part 1) Naturopathy Study
  • Year 3: (Part 1) Herbal Medicine year 1
  • Year 4: (Part 2) Herbal Medicine year 2 and Naturopathic Principles
  • Year 5: (Part 3) Herbal Medicine year 3 and Dissertation

Our course consultants are here to help you create a schedule that suits your needs – contact us for information.


Please contact our course consultants for exact course pricing, discounts, and financing options.


Herbal Medicine Training

CNM Students are eligible to join the ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) and receive the following benefits:

  • Access to various databases for further research
  • Discounted indemnity insurance for clinical practice
  • Discounts from various companies
  • Reduced fees for special seminars, lectures, master classes, workshops
  • Free training to set up your business
  • Free mentoring for new graduates
amh AMH (Association of Master Herbalists).

The CNM Herbal Medicine course has been fully accredited by the AMH for many years.

Naturopathy Training

CNM’s Herbal Medicine training is based on Naturopathic Principles. It covers additional Naturopathic topics which gives the CNM trained Herbalist a wider spectrum of therapeutic and diagnostic tools.

general-naturopathic-council-logo GNC (General Naturopathic Council). Graduates are eligible to apply for GNC registration.
ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) is a member of the GNC (General Naturopathic Council) which is the professions council for Naturopathy in the UK.

How to Apply

We advise you to first contact us and discuss your personal needs and goals. We can then assist you in tailoring a study schedule that suits your lifestyle and commitments. Our course consultants are knowledgable, friendly, and deal with students from all walks of life – please call us at +44 (0)1342 410 505, use our contact form, or email info@naturopathy-uk.com.

Admissions Contact

Unit 1, Bulrushes Farm, Coombe Hill Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4LZ
T: +44 (0)1342 410 505 F: (+44) 1342 410 90

Continuing Study Options

Further Study with the CNM

Students who have completed their Herbal training with the CNM may opt to study additional specialist diploma courses, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, or Naturopathic Nutrition.


CNM graduates are fully equipped to become successful therapists. Statistics have shown that more than 80% of CNM graduates are practising. To advance therapeutic skills, CNM offers post-graduate courses and additional training. CNM graduates are eligible to enrol on BSc or MSc programmes at various universities. CNM is happy to guide its students in choosing the best programme for their individual needs.