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Herbology 2- How to become an Herbalist

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

If you have been following my blogs regularly, you probably know the importance of herbs and possibly a little bit about their use too. If not, do not fret because it is never too late to start learning. According to a standard definition, a person who tends to various medical conditions through a holistic use of plants in conjunction with medical knowledge is called a herbalist. You won’t become a herbalist just by scrutinizing my blogs but doing the same can surely set you up on the way to becoming one. From the very name, one can make out that to become a herbalist, one must study all herbs in and out. But I will be sincere here and let me tell you that you will not become a herbalist when you study the herbs one by one, but a botanist instead.

The right way to study herbs and Ganotherapy is to study the body function and how the body malfunctions, the symptoms, and signs of the body, how your body reacts to a certain condition, and which portion of different herbs facilitates change in those reactions. The body tries to talk to you every day only through symptoms and reactions, and with those, you should know what is wrong with the patient and then advise him properly then only you will become a good herbalist and Ganotherapist.

The idea that is muddled in so many practitioners' minds is that the pain that we experience is the problem; what they don’t want to accept is that pain is just an indication that there is a problem. Tending to the pain by subduing it will give temporary relief that does nothing to curb the main disease lurking inside. The person who can figure out the problem within, through the indications of the body and then attempts to tend it with the corresponding use of the right herbs, is whom I call a Herbalist. To become a good herbalist, you will have to learn what the external symptoms reflect about the internal problems. You can diagnose the patient well and advise them on the herbs and products to damper the situation.

To diagnose the system, you need to understand the functions of the body and some basic anatomy. You should learn the Hexageneous theory of another to understand the body. Now you might be thinking about what Hexageneous theory of Ganotherapy is, fret not, I will soon bring you a dedicated blog on Hexageneous Reflexology, which will clear all your dubieties. If you like my work, feel free to support me by donating to SIF to upgrade the social-economic and socially disadvantaged group of people. Or donate to the 'one dollar to one child' program to fight malnutrition for the poor children.

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