I am a certified Natural Health Consultant and I provide information and education to people seeking natural forms of healing and treatment. Most health consultants have a broad understanding of a variety of alternative health disciplines and may recommend a specific approach of alternative healing to a client. Approaches may include nutrition, homeopathy or herbal remedies. I try to combine all three when possible.
As a Natural Health Consultant, I discuss and assess health issues or symptoms with clients. These assessments include educating individuals about various methods of alternative health and recommending particular methods that will benefit a client. I sometimes will have to refer individuals to licensed practitioners or other health care providers because it is beyond the scope of my training.
You need to be knowledgeable about alternative health disciplines, including herbs, vitamins, minerals and nutrition. The Natural Health Consultant is not necessarily an expert, nor a practitioner, in any of these fields. Remember, that we are not here to diagnose diseases.
However, the consultant’s expansive knowledge about the capabilities of all these fields allows them to explain alternative health options to people, advise them on which discipline might be an appropriate starting point, and assist them in being referred to those who can provide the necessary treatments.
He or she also may be familiar with additional areas of study, such as acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, or massage therapy, although a Natural Health Consultant may not be trained to perform these procedures.
Training varies depending on areas of interest. Currently, there areno set licensure requirements, but becoming certified by taking classes and seminars is one way to add validity to a career. I received my certificate through a Strafford Institute home study course. There are also colleges that offer classes as well as other home study programs.
There are many opportunities for a career in the natural health field. However, most consultants have there own practice. This way you can set your own rates and schedule, not to mention you are the boss.
What I have done with my certificate is two-fold. I built a website on alternative health and was able to spread my passion and knowledge to a broader audience. Secondly I started my own practice to meet with individuals one on one which is much more rewarding. I get to actually see the results of helping someone else.
So if you have a passion for alternative health I highly recommend that you consider getting trained as a Natural Health Consultant. It will be an extremely eye opening and rewarding experience.
Source by Diana Ketchen