Herbalism, due to its fewer side effects, and its gentler and environmental sensitive nature, is quite popular these days, and is absorbed into the mainstream and is now practiced even by conventional doctors. These days the demand for a good herbalist is high. A Herbalist makes good money, helps people lead a healthy life, while also having the advantage of working from home and determining their own working hours.
Work nature of a Medical Herbalist
A Medical Herbalist makes use of plant remedies in treating diseases and balancing metabolism. The remedies used could be in the form of tinctures, lotions, powders, infusions, ointments, creams or tablets. A Medical Herbalist will first gather detailed information about the medical history of the patient, their lifestyle, illness or health problem if any, and diet. A physical examination may be carried out before prescribing remedies. The underlying problem is then analyzed and treatments are carried out based on each individuals body condition. Medical Herbalist may also prescribe food supplements such as minerals or vitamins.
Qualities of a Medical Herbalist
Some specific qualities that make up a good Medical Herbalist includes:
¢ Should be able to develop good rapport with patients
¢ Have a genuine desire for helping others
¢ Should have good communication skills
¢ Have an interest in science, in particular, biology and chemistry
¢ Should have a logical approach towards solving problems, diagnosis and treatment
¢ Should know when a patient needs to be referred to a conventional doctor.
Qualifications of a Medical Herbalist
A Medical herbalist requires a Degree in Phytotherapy Courses or Herbal Medicine, which should be approved by National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the professional body for herbal medicine in UK.
A minimum of five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) with at least one science subject, three H grades or A levels in plus two (preferably science subjects) or equivalent, are the entry requirements. The exact entry requirements can be obtained from universities or colleges and vary from one place to another. On completion of the course, for initial experience, it would be helpful to work under an experienced herbalist, or one can arrange for work shadowing by getting in touch with a medical herbalist in local area who may permit to watch over a client consultation.