Our Natural Therapy Association has been accrediting nutritionists for more than 60 years, ensuring that they meet the highest educational and training standards required for membership. All of the nutritionists in our directory are qualified and capable of delivering first-rate treatment.
Find accredited nutritionists across Australia, in our directory of experts.
Herbalism (also known as Western herbal medicine) uses plants to create medicines for disease, to improve health, and to enhance wellbeing. The plants used in herbalism are typically sourced from Australia or abroad that include (but not limited to) North America, Europe and Asia.
Clinical herbalists are trained to create unique herbal prescriptions for patients. As with many natural therapies, herbalism is a holistic approach to healthcare, and often used in conjunction with conventional medicine. Herbalists understand and incorporate biomedical science and research into their prescriptions—an evidence-based approach that helps with treatment. Many have thorough knowledge of health science, clinical assessment, pharmacology, and herbal synergy, and can also provide basic dietary and lifestyle advice to clients.
Herbalism aims to strengthen the body’s systems, support the body’s ability to heal itself, and prevent disease. It does this by restoring vitality and balance to the body, through the use of herbs.
Western herbal medicine uses various parts of the plant to create remedies, including the flowers, roots, leaves, bark, and fruit. These are turned into tinctures, creams, tablets, herbal extracts, and tea infusions.
To become ANTA members, herbalists must meet strict criteria. Every ANTA member is fully qualified, with nationally accredited government qualifications. If you’re looking for a herbalist, the quickest and most effective way is to use our natural therapists directory.
If you’d rather find a clinical herbalist yourself, it’s important to consider the below.
Herbalists must be qualified, with government-recognised accreditation. Accreditation can include an Advanced Diploma, including clinical training and the study of science-based subjects, as well as a Bachelor of Health Science in Western herbal medicine.
Medicine advances over time, and a clinical herbalist must stay up to date with the latest developments in their field.
There is a wide body of research supporting the safety and effectiveness of many herbs, however, you should speak to your doctor and herbal medicine therapist about the potential side effects of any herbal preparations.
A clean, professionally prevented room can be a good indication of quality.