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Herbalist

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Many people are beginning to see health care in a new light. They are beginning to take echinacea at the onset of a cold or even simple things like taking teas that are full of ingredients like Gingko Biloba and St. John's Wort.
Herbalists play an important role in this increasing re-emergence and growth in the popularity of herbal medicines. Herbalists are necessary because they are trained to advise people about the use of herbs. They can prescribe different remedies and dietary supplements designed to maintain good health and relieve symptoms related to conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, skin disorders or stomach ailments to name a few.

Because of the increased popularity and knowledge of herbal remedies, many herbalists are now organizing themselves and pushing for professional status and regulation of herbal products. It is a career that needs to be treated by the herbalists and their patients much like any other medical career. Training, research, and caution when prescribing are all crucial elements of the job.

Many herbalists also grow and tend their own gardens and greenhouses, from which they get some of the ingredients for their treatments. This practice tends to be supplemental and many herbalists will receive their herbs from an outside certified source. In this profession, one must keep learning. It is necessary to keep up-to-date on new herbal remedies, and understand the possible interactions of herbal remedies with other medications as many people use herbalists as a complementary treatment and they may be taking other non-herbal prescriptions.
 
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Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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