Find out information on this holistic therapy and check out the latest herbalist jobs below. Herbalists are alternative therapists who use plant remedies to treat a wide range of conditions and restore balance to the metabolism. These remedies can be delivered in the form of infusions, tablets, tinctures, powders, lotions, creams and ointments.
Training as a herbalist is regulated by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). Training leads to a degree in Herbal Medicine or Phytotherapy.
Entry requirements for the course are typically a minimum of five GCSEs, including at least one science subject, plus two A levels, preferably in science subjects. Those who are already trained medical practitioners can study for a postgraduate diploma.
This is often a second career, and mature applicants are welcome. Life experience and the ability to relate well to others are valuable skills which will be taken into consideration when you apply for a course.
There are several institutions offering courses accredited by the NIMH - their website has details of these. Courses will combine both theory and practice. Areas of study include:
- Herbal therapeutics
- Research methods
Degrees usually require three to four years full-time study, or five to six years if taken part-time. This will include a minimum of 500 hours clinical training and practice. This will involve working with patients under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. Clinical training will usually take place at an NIMH training clinic.
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