Were in the Parliament holden at Westminster in the third Year of the King's most gracious reign, amongst other things, for the
avoiding of Sorceries, Witchcrafts, and other Inconveniences, it was enacted, that no Person within the City of London, nor within
Seven Miles of the same, should take upon him to exercise and occupy as Physician or Surgeon, except he be first examined,
approved, and admitted by the Bishop of London and other, under and upon certain Pains and Penalties in the same Act
mentioned: Sithence the making of which said Act, the Company and Fellowship of Surgeons of London, minding only their own
Lucres, and nothing the Profit or ease of the Diseased or Patient, have sued, troubled, and vexed divers honest Persons, as well
Men as Women, whom God hath endued with the Knowledge of the Nature, Kind and Operation of certain Herbs, Roots, and
Waters, and the using and ministring of them to such as been pained with customable Diseases, as Women's Breast's being sore, a
Pin and the Web in the Eye, Uncomes of Hands, Burnings, Scaldings, Sore Mouths, the Stone, Strangury, Saucelim, and
Morphew, and such other like Diseases; and yet the said Persons have not taken anything for their Pains or Cunning, but have
ministered the same to poor People only for Neighborhood and God's sake, and of Pity and Charity: And it is now well known that
the Surgeons admitted will do no Cure to any Person but where they shall be rewarded with a greater Sum or Reward that the Cure
extendeth unto; for in case they would minister their Cunning unto sore People unrewarded, there should not so many rot and
perish to death for Lack or Help of Surgery as daily do; but the greatest part of Surgeons admitted been much more to be blamed
than those Persons that they troubled, for although the most Part of the Persons of the said Craft of Surgeons have small Cunning
yet they will take great sums of Money, and do little therefore, and by Reason thereof they do oftentimes impair and hurt their
Patients, rather than do them good. In consideration whereof, and for the Ease, Comfort, Succour, Help, Relief, and Health of the
King's poor Subjects, Inhabitants of this Realm, now pained or diseased: Be it ordained, established, and enacted by Authority of
this present Parliament, That at all Time from henceforth it shall be lawful to every Person being the King's subject. having
Knowledge and Experience of the Nature of Herbs, Roots, and Waters, or of the Operation of the same, by Speculation or
Practice, within any part of the Realm of England, or within any other the King's Dominions, to practice, use, and minister in and to
any outward Sore, Uncome Wound, Apostemations, outward Swelling or Disease, any Herb or Herbs, Ointments, Baths, Pultess,
and Emplaisters, according to their Cunning, Experience, and Knowledge in any of the Diseases, Sores, and Maladies beforesaid,
and all other like to the same, or Drinks for the Stone, Strangury, or Agues, without suit, vexation, trouble, penalty, or loss of their
goods; the foresaid Statute in the foresaid Third Year of the King's most gracious Reign, or any other Act, Ordinance, or Statutes
to the contrary heretofore made in anywise, notwithstanding.

Herbalists Charter
The Campaignfor the Protection of Herbal Medicine
Herbalists Charter of Henry the VIII

Annis Tircesimo Quarto and Tricesimo Quinto. Henry VIII Regis. Cap. VIII.
An Act That Persons, Being No Common Surgeons, May Administer Outward Medicines