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I have been pondering my career path in life lately.. and I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP! (even though I'm already 22 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> )<br><br><br><br>
However, I want to do something that can better the world somehow, so when I came across this site I got excited! I have always been a gardener and love anything to do with plants and trees... so there are some possibilities in alternative health care for me if I become a certified herbologist. The thing is, in my area I have never heard of any herbologists or alternative care places besides accupuncture & accupressure.. so without relocating I'm not sure what I would be able to do as my job.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, please let me know about any experiences with herbologists or people you know who are in any kind of an alternative health care career. I would appreciate it so much to get some input on this topic from you all!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Sh*t.. I meant to post these links in there for you guys to look at ..hehe<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.gifam.org" target="_blank">www.gifam.org</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.naturalhealers.com" target="_blank">www.naturalhealers.com</a>
 

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DirtDiva I am just learning this at 46. I have grown culinary and medicinal herbs for years but I am just getting into the craft of it.<br><br><br><br>
There is a book about the business of herboligy that covers everything from strictly professional to homespun. It is called THE VILLAGE HERBALIST subtitled Sharing Plant Medicines with Family and Community. It is not a how-to book but rather a sharing of philosophies and an introduction to different people and aspects of the craft. It is almost a rambling work, but I like it. I have collected herbals for a few years. Right now I am reading the books of Susun Weed (who refuses to be certified). Her religious philosophy is different then mine but she has a style that I love.<br><br><br><br>
It is loads of work, flex your muscles and get to know your "weeds"and dont drink your vodka, tincture it!
 

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DirtDiva,<br><br><br><br>
Did you see this thread? <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=6220" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...&threadid=6220</a><br><br><br><br>
I'm entering Acupuncture school in the fall. My original interest was in herbs (which you can also study in this program, but it's eastern instead of western herbology). The reason I chose Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine is that it is actually licensed (in most states) and regulated. As far as I know, herbs are not-- any charlatan could hang out a sign promising herbal healing even if s/he doesn't have any real knowledge. This is not to say that the programs you are looking into aren't good ones (I used the second website to find my Acupuncture school, actually). It's just a caution that you may face a tougher time trying to prove you're legitimate, since there aren't any regulations out there.
 

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I went to a doctor of oriental medicine for a while for irritable bowel syndrome. She did accupuncture and gave me a a lot of different herbs. I went to this particular woman because a friend of mine who almost died of hepatitis credits her with saving her life when western medicine wasn't helping her. That being said, the accupuncture and herbs didn't seem to have any effect on me at all, and the accupuncture left me with cold extremities all of the time. I'm not saying I don't think accupuncture and herbs work since lots of people, including my friend, swear by them, but they didn't do anything for me. Just sharing my experiences...
 

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Thanks for your input.. I'm still looking into other options but I think I'm going to go try some accupuncture for my wrist pains and see what I think of it myself
 

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Well my dad has had 2 surgeries on his left wrist over the past 6 or 7 years due to carpal tunnel sydrome.. and I have always worked in an office typing and filing and such so I'm going to try to nip my right wrist's ailments in the bud. I won't be able to go see someone for a week or so but I'll let you know how it goes!
 

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i am semi-pursuing an apprenticeship with a local herbalist. right now i am also working on getting my bachelor of social work. i want to do both of them and i think that they compliment each other. if you want to study herbalism first you should get some books are read. once you read you need to experiment! make tinctures, salves, syrups, everything! and treat any of your own ailments and treat your friends ailments if they'll let you. if there are no herbalists in your area i would suggest trying to find someone elsewhere who you could do an apprenticeship (and try to work with as many different natural medicine practitioners - western, eastern, massage, aromatherapy, etc.). if an apprenticeship is not possible there are some schools and there are also some distance courses that you can take, i believe that there is one out of california that is pretty good. i think rosemary gladstar may be involved with it.. im not sure.<br><br><br><br>
a good book to start with is the holistic herbal by david hoffmann.<br><br><br><br>
xoxo
 
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