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The IRCH Register and distance learning course was originally established in 1960 and has been successfully producing qualified practitioners of herbal medicine ever since.

Cornwall TR27 6AQ
Phone01736 850941


Our Herbal Medicine Course is recognised by the Complementary Medical Association for its excellence and depth of training. The CMA represents the interests in excess of ten thousand practitioners including medical herbalists, and is now the largest multi-disciplinary professional membership body in the world.

The IRCH distance learning course is carefully structured to enable students to fit study in and around the everyday pressures of living. It is however, a course that demands commitment and a desire to reach the high standards set by the Faculty staff. The course is divided into five modules, with the lessons within each module supplemented by seminars at the Annual Conference and Summer School. The Annual Conference is an opportunity to meet students from all modules, practising herbalists and to take part in lively lectures and discussions.

The IRCH course is much more than theory. Clinical skills seminars give students the opportunity to learn about herbal medicine first hand from our experienced practitioners including case taking, examination techniques and diagnostic methods. A recognised amount of clinical training must also be undertaken at our training clinics that are situated around the country. This is on a supervised one to one basis, giving the student confidence to develop his/her own clinical practice.

Throughout the course, students are continually assessed and examinations are taken with the on-going support of tutors. All the IRCH tutors are fully qualified as medical herbalists or homoeopaths as well as experts in their particular field. Our tutors include nurses, doctors, scientists as well as academics, some of whom teach in universities. External tutors are used ad hoc for specialised areas of training. Students also have a mentor who is available to guide and support those with personal problems as well as issues around their study.

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