This article explains the importance of herbal medicine training. The use of herbal medicines forms the foundation of all human efforts in the treatment of diseases and the maintenance of good health. Since ancient times, humans have depended on selecting specific plants and taking advantage of their healing properties to tackle health problems.
Modern pharmaceutical industries still depend on plants for the production of drugs. But conventional medicines also make use of synthetic compounds and other chemical additives that although are effective in disease treatment can also leave behind some very harmful side effects, and since these synthetic compounds are not fully broken down in the body or effectively eliminated from the system, they can remain to become toxic by-products that continue to have long-term side effects.
Herbal products, which are purely plant-based do not cause these problems as they are readily absorbed into the body where they effectively cleanse the system and cure diseases. But there are still problems faced in the formulation, doses, packaging and general practice of herbal medicines, especially in Nigeria where the herbal industry is still developing. The herbal medicine sector which is worth billions of dollars is still largely untapped and most of the problem lies in inadequate training.
Fortunately, there are now agencies in place to regulate the herbal industry in Nigeria, and just like the conventional pharmaceutical industry, a standardized herbal industry can create employment opportunities for millions of Nigerians. But there still exists a huge gap in training that has led to many herbal medicine practitioners not being very knowledgeable and without certifications for the job of producing and prescribing medicines.
With good herbal medicine training, practitioners can improve their skills and build both their personal expertise and gain the trust of their clients. And in the present information age, it will be difficult for any herbal practitioner to remain relevant and establish a successful business without adequate training and certification.
So if you are intending to become a herbal practitioner or are already a practicing herbalist, then getting trained is more of a necessity than a requirement for you.
herbal practitioners in Nigeria start out with the knowledge of herbs passed on
by their forefathers or from their personal understanding of plants while
living in the villages. But things have moved on from that, in-depth training
is now required to fully understand the botanical nature of these plants and
their chemical composition which makes them active for treating certain health
· Processing and packaging herbal medicines: A major challenge faced by the herbal medicine industry is poor processing and packaging. Practitioners require training on advanced technology used in proper extraction and separation. Also, for every product, especially medicines, packaging matters a whole lot. Herbal medicine training will also help you to know where and how to source for materials that will make your product attractive to the consumer.
• Obtain certification: An important part of herbal medicine training is in getting certified, this helps in building both the confidence of the practitioner and the clients on the quality of herbal treatment that is being offered. Certification also allows you to get government recognition as a qualified herbal practitioner.
• Another important aspect of getting trained is in meeting other experts in the field that will help grow your network. You can get to learn from them on how to properly structure your business to reach more clients and maximize profits.
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