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 a 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.       

When a person first visits our clinic they must have a consultation with Emmett. He will do a full medical history, and take information regarding the problem that the person is presenting with. He will also do whatever physical examinations are required.

As Emmett is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP, a lot of the equipment he uses will be the same as a GP.

Equipment Medical Herbalists use on a daily basis.

  • A blood pressure monitor
  • A stethoscope so he can check blood pressure, he can listen to the heart or he 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. Emmett uses this to examine parts of the nervous system.
  • The Snellen Chart for an eye test.
  • A  Pulse Oximeter: Emmett uses this to check oxygen levels in specific patients, particularly those with COPD and also patients with heart failure. This also gives him a reading of the rhythm of the heart, so it can give him quite a bit of basic and very useful information with certain patients.
  • A Glucometer to check glucose levels in diabetics
  • A Nebuliser: This can also be used for children. There is the nosepiece for children and one one for adults.
  • He can deliver particular medicines if we have to for people with respiratory conditions.

Reference Books

From time to time Emmett will have to refer to his medical books and some of the books he uses for reference are ones that are used by hospitals, GPs, and other medical personnel.

  • The Mim’s book,  This might be one of the medical reference books that people may be familiar with. This book contains 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 book is one that is very popular with junior doctors or medical students. It is a great little book for quick and easy reference.
  • Jacques Wallace MD, Interpretation of Diagnostics Tests. 


When Emmett completes a full examination and a full medical history for the patient he can then make an in formed decision on what is required Emmett will then devise a treatment specific to each patient.

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