Medical herbalists use plant remedies to treat disease and balance the metabolism. The remedies used may include infusions, tablets, tinctures, powders, lotions, creams and ointments.
They begin by gathering detailed information on the patient’s medical history such as their lifestyle, past health problems, current illness and diet. They also carry out a physical examination before prescribing herbal remedies and giving them advice on diet, lifestyle and dealing with problems.
Herbal medicine or phytotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. The practitioner looks for the underlying problems and tailors treatments specifically for each individual.
Medical herbalists might also prescribe food supplements such as vitamins, minerals or special ingredients.
There are no set working hours. Herbalists may need to work some unsocial hours to fit in with patients.
Most of the time is spent sitting down in a consulting room. Some herbalists need to visit several clinics or see patients in their own homes, so a driving licence can be useful.
As a medical herbalist, you should:
Medical herbalists are usually self-employed, working from a practice in a natural health centre or from home. This is an area of work that is expanding rapidly.
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