What is a Medical Herbalist ?

Emmett Walsh – Medical Herbalist At Roscore Clinic

Emmett Walsh  is the Medical Herbalist at Roscore Clinic . A medical herbalist is a protected title which came about as a result of a long series of discussions and proposed legislation in Britain in the mid-1960s, culminating in the publication of the 1968 and enactment of the 1968 Medicines Act in Britain.                           Medical Herbalist - Emmett Walsh

Under this act, medical herbalists were given the legal right of primary diagnosis with medical doctors and could write prescriptions for three or four days and had access to specific herbs which were restricted to the general population and to other therapists as well.

A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied general medicine as well as plant medicine and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP.

Emmett’s medical training has equipped him to be a safe practitioner using the tried and trusted principles of western herbal medicine either alone, or with Ayurvedic treatment or with conventional medicine. Emmett has trained in pathology, clinical examination, differential diagnosis, red flag emergency signs, medical data interpretation and herb, drug interaction and general medicine.

Medical herbalists take an holistic approach to illness, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. They are able to prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments.

Herbal Medicine is suitable for people of any age, including children, who respond especially well to the gentle actions of herbs. Each patient is treated as an individual – a Medical Herbalist recognises that no two patients are the same.

Roscore Clinic clinic is set up as a prototype of what is desired as a functioning and effective clinic for primary care medicine. The skills required to practice at Roscore Clinic are over and above the skills required as a medical herbalist and added specialties are required to be able to supply this or deliver this primary care model that we are working towards and working at in conjunction with Anú Community Healthcare.

The first thing that happens when a person comes, we have a consultation and in this consultation, we do full medical history, we take information regarding the problem that the person is coming with. We also do whatever physical examinations are required and just to give you an idea of the type of physical examinations that we do, most of you would be familiar with the type of equipment that we use.

Equipment Medical Herbalists use on a daily basis.

  • A blood pressure monitor
  • A stethoscope so we can check blood pressure, we can listen to the heart or we can listen to the chest and this can also be used to listen to the tummy in an abdominal examination.
  • The basic equipment for basic ENT examinations, ear, nose, and throat.
  • A modern Electronic Thermometer. These two guys are guys are part of nervous system examinations generally.
  • The Snellen Chart for an eye test.
  • A  Pulse Oximeter and we use this to check oxygen levels in specific patients, particularly those with COPD and also patients with heart failure. This also gives us a reading of the rhythm of the heart, so it can give us quite a bit of basic and very useful information with certain patients.
  • A Glucometer to check glucose levels in diabetics
  • A Nebuliser , which we can use for children. There is the nose piece for children and one one for adults. We can deliver particular medicines if we have to for people with respiratory conditions.
  • We can deliver particular medicines if we have to for people with respiratory conditions.
Blood Pressure Monitor

Blood Pressure Monitor

Ear, Nose and Throat

Ear, Nose and Throat Equipment

Pulse Oximeter

Pulse Oximeter










Reference Books

Reference books we use are as follows: From time to time we have to check things because we can’t keep everything in our head, we’re only human.

  • The Mim’s book,  People are very aware of this one, gives a lot of information on medications, which is very important to consider in treating people and also many people ask questions about our medications so we have to be able to answer these.
  • The BNF, British National Formulary. This one here is one of the great classics of pharmaceutical medicine                                                                                                              
  • The classic Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. This one here, if you’re ever in the hospital and you see junior doctors or medical students running around the wards, you’ll often see this stuck in their pocket.
  • Jacques Wallace MD, Interpretation of Diagnostics Tests. 

Having done the full examination and having a good idea of what is required, having gone through the patient’s nutritional information, we then devise a treatment specific to each patient.

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