Becoming an herbalist will help you learn the medicinal properties of certain plants. There are many alternative health careers to choose from. But there are three popular choices that you may want to consider. Each career requires a different accreditation. The most recognized herbal practitioners in western societies are medical herbalists.
The Medical Herbalist
The medicine used by this herbalist is based on traditional folk medicine, Native American medicine, and the historical use of herbs dating back to the Egyptians. In order for you to be recognized as a medical herbalist, you should have any of the following licenses:
- The RH or AHG certification
- Be a Registered Herbalist
- Accreditation through the American Herbalists Guild
- Be an MCPP member
- College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy
- FNIMH Fellow
- National Institute of Medical Herbalists
- MNIMH member
- FNHAA Fellow
Traditional Chinese Herbalist
A doctor of traditional Chinese medicine is one that has extensive knowledge of more than just herbal therapy. The herbal knowledge of a doctor who practices traditional Chinese medicine includes the use of different types of ginseng to combat fatigue and to improve your respiratory system. A doctor of Chinese medicine must also have extensive knowledge of acupuncture, which accompanies their herbal knowledge. The following are accreditations needed to be a licensed doctor of traditional Chinese medicine:
- Licensed Acupuncturist
- OMD or Doctor of Oriental Medicine
- Dip. CH or a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology from the NCCA (National Commission of the Certification of Acupunturists)
Traditional Ayurvedic Herbalist
Ayurvedic medicine derives from the traditional medical system and practices of India, which expands through centuries of historic traditional medical practices. Most Ayurvedic practitioners have as much as 12 years of study, which only continues. The basic power behind Ayurvedic Medicine is the general cleanliness of your body, so the use of bentonite clay is used to detox the body. Some holistic doctors may even encourage their patients to drink out of a copper vessel, which can cleanse your body as well. The accreditations needed to become an Ayurvedic practitioner are:
- BAMS or Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
- DAMS or Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
- M.D. Ayur.
- D.Av. or a Diplomat in Ayurvedic Health Sciences, which is given through the American Ayurvedic Association.
Medicine is not a simple science, so it makes sense that herbalism is not a simple science either. There are many types of herbs that have been used in numerous ways throughout the history of mankind. The benefits of herbal, and holistic practices are clearly seen in today’s world. All you have to do is decide what holistic path you want to take.