What Are Herbal Studies?

Are you interested alternative medicine? Want to learn more about how herbs are used in medicine? Herbal studies encompasses any type of program, education or training in the medicinal use of herbs. Continuing reading to discover how you may become trained in herbal studies. Schools offering Complementary & Alternative Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Herbal Studies Overview

Herbal studies programs focus on the use of herbs and other natural plants for medical purposes. Many people take herbs as dietary supplements or to treat illnesses, diseases, and other health issues. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the safe use of herbs for medicine should be by trained medical professional due to the potential for adverse drug interactions, allergic reactions, and other issues (www.nccam.nih.gov). Most health authorities make this same recommendation.

Training in herbal studies teaches you how to use herbs to help others. You'll learn how to safely dispense herbs, herb interaction, the side effects caused by herbs, and which ones to use. Also, you'll learn about the types of medicinal herbs, including Echinacea, ephedra, saw palmetto, and St. John's wort.

Important Facts About The Field of Herbal Studies

Common Courses Acupuncture Clinical Medicine, Biology, Naturopathic Medicine, Holistic Landscape Design
Degrees/Certificates Bachelor's and master's degrees, Herbal certificates
Field of Study Bachelor of Science with a Major in Herbal Science, Master of Oriental Medicine, Master of Acupuncture
Possible Careers Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Massage Therapist, Nurse

Education Options

A degree or certificate in herbal studies may be found at various colleges and universities. There are also individual courses available. You may be able to complete an herbal studies course through a continuing education or self-enrichment program.

Types of Programs

There are several programs and courses in herbal studies that are meant to compliment your education in medicine. For example, if you have a nursing degree you may complete an herbal sciences program that will allow you to begin offering care that includes the use of herbs for treatment. Some programs or courses may be designed for individuals seeking personal knowledge about herbal medicine.

Degree and certificate program in herbal studies help you identify medicinal herbs and to use them in treating others. You'll also learn about the risks involved in using them. Your education may be combined with courses in conventional medicine so you can learn how to combine traditional and conventional treatments.

In a continuing education or self-enrichment program on herbal medicine, you'll typically take a single course that focuses on a specific topic, such as how to grow herbs for medicinal use or how to identify medicinal herbs. These courses are for general knowledge and not for treating others with medicinal herbs.

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