Reshaping Herbal Medicine

Knowledge, Education and Professional Culture


  • Catherine O'Sullivan, PhD, Chair of European Herbal Practitioner Association Education Committee and formerly Vice Principal, Newman College of Higher Education, Birmingham, UK

This is the first definitive book to draw on unique, unpublished, professional expertise about the reshaping of herbal medicine in the UK. This book outlines the outcomes of recent examinations, and poses challenging questions about the direction of future herbal medicine policy within the UK.
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Students and practitioners of herbal medicine, Healthcare policy makers, Students and practitioners of orthodox Western medicine, Healthcare professionals, including nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, and practitioners represented on the Health Professions Council. Practitioners of other forms of CAM therapies, working towards SSR.


Book information

  • Published: June 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10135-9

Table of Contents

Introduction: reshaping herbal medicine: the context

Section One: Knowledge, education and professional culture
1. Determining professional identity: an exploration of the factors, which characterise the nature of a profession
2. Professional education and practitioner identity

Section Two: The traditions of Herbal Medicine
3. Chinese herbal medicine: the history and context to statutory self-regulation
4. A brief history of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and its introduction to the United Kingdom
5. The development of integrated medicine with reference to the history of Ayurvedic medicine
6. Western herbal medicine - gender, culture and orthodoxy
7. The relationship of classical Greek medicine to contemporary Western herbalism: an exploration of the idea of 'holism'

Section Three: Problems with knowledge, education and culture in the development of the herbal medicine profession
8. Patient safety and practitioner identity: the move towards statutory self-regulation
9. Herbs and herbalists: professional identity and the protection of practice
10. Culture and knowledge in the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine
11. Knowledge, skills and competence: an exploration of the education and professional formation of herbalists
12. Knowledge and myths of knowledge in the 'science' of herbal medicine