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Maria asks…

A few questions for a practising Herbalists?

Hello, I’d like to ask someone who would consider themselves a practising Herbalist what qualifications if any do you hold?

I know that to be part of an organisation that recognises Herbalists you should have a degree, but I read somewhere that legally you don’t need certain qualifications as there is no guideline, or is this just true when not practising medical herbalism?

I am hopefully going to complete diplomas through distance learning, some are two qualifications with ncfe at level 3.

Is herbalism your main or only source of income? Do you have a few consistent clients or are you more likely to be in contact with various people? How have you come to contact this people, or how have you made it so they can find you?

Thanks for sharing
Oops, sorry about the crappy way I wrote the question

vti answers:

I’m not sure if a diploma is necessary to be a practicing herbalist. Most people i know just apprentice for herbalists or take classes.

I live next to the only herbalist in town. She’s been doing it for 40 years and runs her business out of her house and at the farmer’s market. I know she doesn’t make much money and works very hard growing, harvesting, preparing, marketing and selling herbs and raising her kids. She gets a lot of customers and supplies to our local co-op. She also rents out 3 cabins plus tent space on her land for extra cash.

Herbalism is not a very lucrative business. It’s a wonderful thing to do and a great way to be close to nature and help people, but you wont get rich.

Helen asks…

I went to a Chinese herbalist yesterday….?

He took my pulse on both arms and hit the nail on the head describing the symptoms i have been having. he analyzed some things on paper and then told me to drink an herbal tea he was going to concoct that would take 2 hrs to make. i have to drink the tea twice per day, for 10 days

i did my own research and basically the tea is a kidney cleaser…but it is VERY BITTER to drink!

Can someone tell me about the “bitter herbs”? I want to know more about them.

vti answers:

You my dear are a very smart man. I have gone to a Chinese Herbalist for years. I have many health problems which do require an MD but my Sister is one and gave me a book on Chinese Herbal Medicine and I got hooked. I use teas and also take capsules that my herbalist makes for me. I was actually able to “do away” over 3/4 of all of my pain medication that I was taking before. I also use acupuncture and cupping.
Bitter Herbs work through your kidneys to cleanse them in a natural way to get the toxicity out of them. It may be very bitter, but very good for you. I would deal with the bitter because of the good it is doing for you.
Check out these two books ~ Traditional Chinese Medicine by Shelia McNamara and Asian Health Secrets (The Complete Guide to Asian Herbal Medicine) by Letha Hadady, D. Ac. I bought both books as I found them very handy and practical, especially the second one.
Peace & Love 🙂

James asks…

Is a career as an herbalist realistic?

I’m 19 years old and I’m going insane! I don’t know what I want to do as a career. I love herbalism and holistic health, but I’m afraid I cannot realistically make a living off of that. My second love is linguistics; I love languages and I love to communicate with other people, but I don’t want to lose my holistic disposition by doing office work. Plus I don’t know if the market is strong for either of these now. HELP!!!

vti answers:

I’m doing a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy. It’s primarily nutrition and herbal medicine. Naturopaths here earn anywhere from $100 – $300 per hour. But obviously you have to build up clients to get to that point and earn a reputation. But anyone I know who’s already graduated gets work straight away, usually renting a room in an already established clinic and working for a boss. Also there are jobs for Naturopaths in dispensaries, because there are many brands and products which are ‘practitioner only’ and require a Naturopath to dispense them, like a pharmacist.. You can’t just buy them off the shelf. Also while you’re trying to get on your feet and find clients, many qualified (and student) Naturopaths work in vitamin/supplement/wellness stores as sales assistants. You get hired easily because of your knowledge about everything, and you can pick up clients through working.

It really depends where you live/are planning on working. If the market for natural health is not there then you will fail miserably and make no money. I heard there are some states in america where Naturopathy is banned. Which is ridiculous because nutrition and herbal medicine is evidence based medicine. But yeah, I can’t tell you what the market is, I have no idea where you even are. This is something you have to research. There is a huge market where I live in melbourne, Victoria, Australia, particularly in affluent suburbs and city.

My advise is only go into natural medicine if you have a passion for it, because it’s still reemerging and you will get a lot of criticism from a lot of ignorant people.

But what I have learned in my business classes is that upper class areas are definitely better for business with natural medicine. Lower class areas can’t afford it and usually don’t have the time/money to stick to a whole wellness plan… They usually just want a quick fix so they can keep going to work etc.

If you live in USA (which I assume so because usually only americans dont specify where they are as if its the only place that exists lol)… Well if you’re thinking of setting up a clinic, or working in one for someone else, in LA next to a bunch of organic shops and juice bars and fitness/wellness places… As opposed to setting up in the bible belt next to a mcdonalds, you tell me where would the better market be

As for just being a ‘herbalist’ – well I don’t exactly know what that entails. I don’t know what kind of qualification that would be. A Naturopath will be hired at a clinic over a herbalist. Because Naturopaths have a health science degree. I’m not sure you could do that with just herbs. It’s not really that beneficial to just use herbs on someone anyway – they usually have to change their diets and nutrition+herbs go together.

Donald asks…

Looking for a Chinese Herbalist in Adelaide are or Melbourne area? Thanks?

Has anyone has Thyroid,arthritis ,asthma and back pain treated by a herbalist? How long did it take? Thank you

vti answers:

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Lizzie asks…

would an herbalist know……?

if any herbs i am taking interacts with any medications?

would an herbalist know that?

vti answers:

If it’s an older drug, they will likely know if they have some sort of desk reference that is available to the general public (which I imagine most herbalists would, just in case).
Unfortunately, however, they won’t have access to a fully updated database of drug and supplement interactions unless they are licensed doctors or pharmacists. Granted, that would only be needed if the drug is new enough to not be in the reference book, but still.

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