Under EU legislation, herbal medicines must be licensed or prescribed by a registered practitioner from May this year.

Lord Howe (health minister ) said at question time in the House of Lords: "While final decisions have yet to be taken, the Government is actively exploring the establishment of a statutory register for herbal practitioners.

"We are currently in discussion with the devolved administrations, the Health Professions Council and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council about the feasibility of such a register and we expect to make an announcement shortly.

According to The Press Association