History of western medicine is closely related to history of Herbal Medicine. From Hippocates to the advancement of pharmacology and natural herbs. 

Herbal medicine can be a great addition to your treatment and if appropriate we will at times recommend that you consider it. 

It is important to understand that herbs can cause ill (and sometimes fatal) effects. From wrong prescription, to contaminated supplies, overdose, to herbal-medicine interaction. To overcome these issues, in Europe, only trained herbalists are legally allowed to prescribe herbal medication.

At Harley Street Acupuncture when prescribing herbal medication, we follow strict guidance and comply with safety standards of the European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Assossiation EHTPA . It is dangerous to buy herbs on internet or off the counter.

Health and safety, moral and legal matters:

Herbal medicine is dangerous and can cause ill effects, especially when combined with other medication. Please consult your herbalist if your medical situation changes. Do not take other medication before consulting your doctor and your herbalist. If in doubt stop taking herbs. Do not take any herbal medication two weeks prior to surgery. 

[The UK legislative provisions for herbal medicine are to be found in the Medicines Act 1968, Section 12, paragraphs 1 & 2, and Section 56, paragraphs 1 & 2.

Section 12.1 specifies an exemption for herbal medicines from licensing provided that they are supplied subsequent to a one-to-one consultation.

The MHRA ran a consultation on Section 12.1 reform in March 2004 (...) Proposals for the Reform of the Regulation of Unlicensed Herbal Remedies in the United Kingdom (...) it is not advised to buy over the counter herbal medication as these are not regulated and currently licensed as food supplement. 

The European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA) is dedicated to promoting access to best herbal practice and the benefit of herbal medicine as well as ensuring the continuing availability of medicinal herbs in the UK and Europe.

We are a key stakeholder, working closely with the Department of Health, in developing the path towards statutory regulation of herbal practitioners in the UK. We work with the MHRA on reviewing the standards of safety and quality of unlicensed herbal remedies and with the rest of the herbal sector on implementing the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD)]. source: http://www.ehtpa.eu/

[Members of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) are all fully qualified practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine. The Register is a member of the European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA).

The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine is committed to consumer protection. In 2004, the RCHM launched an Approved Suppliers Scheme, aiming to provide reassurance to patients about the quality and safety of their medicines.

The RCHM's Code of Ethics, to which all RCHM members must adhere states that: "Herbal practitioners must always be aware of the necessity to communicate with other healthcare professionals, directly or indirectly, when the expertise of such professionals fits more properly the needs of a particular patient." 

RCHM members will therefore not discourage essential medical treatment for conditions where western medical supervision or advice should be sought. They will always advise patients, in the case of serious illnesses or uncertain diagnosis, to seek advice and treatment from their GP/consultant. RCHM members will also, with the patient's consent, liaise with that patient's other health professionals, where appropriate, when offering complementary treatment.]