Although the ancients intuitively understood the healing power of plants, it is only in recent years that the established medical community has been taking serious note of plants' ability to heal. Herbalists and alternative medicine practitioners have amassed an impressive volume of cures and remedies that have impressed even the most skeptical scientists and physicians. If you enjoy working with plants, have a gift for healing, and want to help others, perhaps you should become a consulting herbalist.
What does a consulting herbalist do?
In this role, you job is to assess a patients health history via a physical and interview. Based on these data, you prescribe a regiment of nutritional supplements and herbs to help them reach optimal performance levels. In addition, you often make adjustments to a patient's existing diet and habits. This might include eating less red meat or eating more vitamin-rich vegetables. The overall goal is to improve and maintain a person's health by using natural plants. Sometimes these treatments are stand alone primary care, but increasingly herbalists have begun working in conjunction with primary care physicians to provide comprehensive health care.
Training and qualifications
You don't actually need any type of qualification to recommend that people start eating better. However, having a certificate that proves you know what you are talking about is definitely a good idea. Every person's body is different. Blanket advice like "eat more vegetables" is not always useful. As such, you need to tailor each person's treatment accordingly.
As growing skepticism about the pharmaceutical industry continues to mount, expect to see an influx of frustrated patients who are fed up with synthetic chemicals and laboratory drugs.
Publish date: February 10, 2011