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by Bernadette Ward - Thursday, 17 February 2011, 11:27 AM
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This is an extract from a press release from the UK Department for Health issued on 16th Feb. Herbalists are being regulated under the HPC (Health Professionals Council" from April next year. This registration will have significant impact on safety, practitioner status, revenue and all of the agencies we interact with in any given week. Well done UK herbalists.

This is the template for CAM regulation. Lets hope we will follow soon.

"The Health Secretary also announced to Parliament today that herbal medicine practitioners will be regulated from April 2012. The four UK health departments have agreed that the Health Professions Council (HPC) should hold a statutory register of practitioners who supply unlicensed herbal medicines to people to enable the supply of herbal medicines to continue after 30 April 2011. This will ensure that practitioners have met specified registration standards. Practitioner regulation will be underpinned by medicines legislation which will provide further safeguards to protect public health"


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by Bernadette Ward - Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 07:53 AM
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As Complementary Therapists all of us together (Acupuncturists, Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Herbalists, Tuina Practitioners, Homoeopaths, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and the wider complementary therapy community are a significant lobby. 

There is a small window of opportunity when local representatives from all parties will be canvassing for our votes

Lets tell them what we need from our representatives and what we need from our next government.

We are in our thousands, our votes count. Let's make sure they count.



National Registration of professionally compliant practitioners in all categories. (The public want a safe source where they can access competent and ethical practitioners, (Middlesex University study 2009)


Designation as Health Professionals. (At the moment we pay VAT, are not considered to be health professionals by DOHC, Revenue or the EU herbal directive, although we provide a valuable healthcare service, which the public are happy to pay for, taking pressure off  GPs and HSE).





Put these questions to candidates who are looking for your vote.

What are your and your party policies on the registration of complementary therapists ?  and then outline what we want


Candidate lists for all  parties by constituency

Fine Gael

Fianna Fail


Green party

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by Bernadette Ward - Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 09:27 AM
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What did we do before web links which bring us right into a sunny garden

This is one for the herbalists

And more good new for herbalists or maybe, we have to wait and see, but in the UK they appear to be doing something to protect their traditions and

Watching with interest.


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by Bernadette Ward - Tuesday, 4 January 2011, 09:41 AM
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This is a link to a recent study on the efficiacy of acupuncture This year we plan to  highlight all clinical research data on our site.
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by Bernadette Ward - Tuesday, 4 January 2011, 09:33 AM
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Happy New Year,

Hope and optimism has to be part of the work and tasks for the year ahead. Working on a realistic action plan, prioriting tasks, its onwards and onwards BW

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by Bernadette Ward - Monday, 20 December 2010, 04:13 PM
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Its been a tough year for most of us for all sorts of reasons. I dont think there will be too many tears for the passing of 2010. Lets hope that the new year is better.

Happy Christmas

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by Bernadette Ward - Thursday, 2 December 2010, 03:56 PM
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The iron hand of the  EU Herbal Directive has been looming over all of us for the past few years. Those of us who lobbied against the directive in its earlier form, did manage to get some amendments, however the directive as it remains is still nothing less than shocking, and descriminatory.  All herbal product, which acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners have been using in Ireland, UK and around Europe for more than 20 years will be removed from the market after April next year (2011). Thats means your patent herbs, classical formula that has been used in the East for thousands of years and in Europe for more than 30 years will no longer be available.  Suppliers are encouraged by the Medicines boards to apply for pharmaceutical type licences, however there seems to be a lack of clarity as to how botanical and natural plants can be assessed in the same way a manufactured pharmaceutical product can be.

For the acupuncturist who has been using the prepared formula, no third party prescribing will be allowed, in fact this will be illigal for both the supplier and the user.

Further training for the acupuncturist to meet registration requirements of the professional herbal associations is one option, however only herbal ingredient can be used by the registered herbalist, i.e. raw herbs, powders.

The Directive makes a  distinction between product and ingredient, i.e. all product will be removed unless an expensive and complex license is granted product by product to a supplier.  I hear from the industry the medicine boards are unsure how to deal with multi herb formula such as Chinese herbal formula, so even if we did have a supplier willing to pay for licensing do the medicines boards have a process ready for this?  Apparently not.

Holland is the only EU country with the strength to stand up to faceless EU officials. They insist their herbal sector remain under their food ministry.  Ireland folded as usual against EU officialdom, not a squeak from any of our MEPS in defense of our herbal sector. We are getting very good at bending the knee to the EU machine.   Remember that when it comes to election day and our politicians or their representatives come calling for your vote.

There is currently a legal challenge to the directive in the final stages of preparation.  We should all support this and donate when we can for their legal fees.  We will be putting our money where our mouth is in this instance. (Email me for details).

If it walks like a duck and this duck looks like a targeted squeeze to make effective and safe products extinct, and reduce choice for those who seek herbal treatments. So who benefits most with the removal of effective natural products much in demand? 

Keep taking the tablets....


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by Bernadette Ward - Tuesday, 17 August 2010, 11:53 AM
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From September we are adding a low cost patient clinic to our student and clinical services. Patients can avail of a €20 treatment session by new graduates and senior students. Clinics will be supervised by an experienced practitioner and sessions will include treatment, nutritional, dietry and lifestyle advice.

This is in line with expansion of our clinical services to the public and to our student body. Patients can call us to book a place, on a first come first served basis. We hope that this will make holistic Chinese medicine treatments available to a wider public.
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by Bernadette Ward - Monday, 28 June 2010, 10:12 AM
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(US China Press May 10th 2010) Robert Gates, the Minister of Defense in the United States, said on May 8th that acupuncture, Aromatotherapy and other unconventional medicine is being used to cure postwar trauma by American soldiers. According to him, these unconventional medicines could be adopted into military insurance system in the future.
Good to see that holistic treatments which treat the mind and body are taking their place within the trauma treatment regime.
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by Bernadette Ward - Monday, 28 June 2010, 09:59 AM
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Acupuncture Act Vetoed in Brazilian Senate
( Apr 16th 2010) A Brazilian Acupuncture Act, 380/2003 Act, was put to vote again in Brazilian senate in April 14th, which stipulates that only doctors could perform acupuncture in Brazil. This act concerns legalization of acupuncture and the survival of Chinese medicine in Brazil. With the effort of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Brazil and with the help of Brazilian president and people from all walks of life, this act was vetoed eventually.

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