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Back in August, we bought your awareness to Codex Alimentarius which could restrict herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements to prescription only status.
Now herbal medicine is under threat again by the government in the UK.
The Department of Health has issued a consultation which could mean the loss of statutory regulation of herbal medicine and the loss of suppliers who will no longer be able to legally provide herbalists with products or products from Ayurvedic or TCM traditions.
Your Right to herbal healthcare
If you want to protect your and your family’s right to use herbal healthcare, you need to respond to the consultation by 2nd November.
Chris Etheridge who runs London and Hertfordshire clinics shares his three tips on what you can do:
1. Respond to the consultation document via their automated response system or by writing to them at:
Department of Health
Leeds LS2 7UE
Write your own letter in response to the consultation or follow the template letter below – but please make the letter your own by sharing your own experiences, as these carry more weight than hundreds of identical letters.
2. Contact your MP and write them a letter stating your concerns.
3. Make an appointment to see your MP and tell him/her how concerned you are.
Have you had success stories with herbal remedies? Tell me about it in the comments!
Sample response to consultation
Response to : Joint UK-wide consultation on the Report to Ministers from the DH steering Group on the Statutory Regulation of Practitioners of Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Other Traditional Medicine Systems Practised in the UKLS2
I find the Consultation Document itself to be too lengthy and complex to follow easily. I would therefore like to make my response to this Consultation as follows:
As a frequent user of herbal medicine(s) I wish to see improved quality and safety of herbal medicines which I believe can best be done through the protection of the practice of professional medical herbalists.
I wish to safeguard the right of myself and my family to have the choice of using professional herbal medicine if we wish to do so and would be strongly against any moves which threatened this right. Indeed I wish to see herbal medicine properly integrated into the health care arena making it possible for my GP/Consultant/Medical Herbalist to be able communicate and share professional responsibility for my health care.
I understand that the Governments own House of Lords report started the process of regulation of herbal medicine in 2000. The Steering Group Reported in June 2008 with clear direction as to how and why herbalists should be regulated. I am in agreement with these documents.
It seems to me that all due care and process has been taken – it is now time for the Government to enact the legislation which would allow herbalists to be statutorily regulated.
Sample letter to MP
I am writing to you to express my concern about the current Department of Health joint consultation on the Report to Ministers from the DH Steering Group on the Statutory Regulation of Practitioners of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Other Traditional Medicine Systems Practised in the UK http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Liveconsultations/DH_103567
I wish to preserve the right to access a full range of herbal medicines from a professional qualified herbalist.
It is now a matter of the utmost urgency that the Government bring forward legislation leading to the statutory regulation of herbalists.
I am enclosing a copy of my response to the Consultation for your information and would request that you raise this matter on my behalf with the Department of Health.
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