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Leading nutritionists in Australia

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.

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Professional herbalists | essential information

What is herbalism?

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.

What does herbalism treat?

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.

  • Adjunct therapy for cancer
  • Anxiety and tension-related stress
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Immune function
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Skin problems
  • Menstrual problems
  • Fertility issues
  • Headaches
  • Rheumatic and arthritic conditions

How are herbal remedies taken?

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.

How to find a herbalist near me

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.

Qualifications

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.

The latest knowledge

Medicine advances over time, and a clinical herbalist must stay up to date with the latest developments in their field.

Safety

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.

Cleanliness

A clean, professionally prevented room can be a good indication of quality.

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What are the health benefits of good nutrition?

Maintaining a healthy diet with nutritious whole foods is one of the very best things you can do for your health. There are an incredible number of benefits, which include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Improving your energy levels
  • Staying in good, stable moods
  • Improving your immune system
  • Reducing your risk of common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis
  • Improving your gut health (the second brain)
  • Keeping your cholesterol low
  • Improving your memory and brain function
  • Improving your digestive function and metabolic health
  • Reducing inflammation in your body and brain
  • Reducing your risk of stroke
  • Strengthening your bones and teeth
  • Helping your wallet: a plant-based diet is much cheaper than a meat-based diet
  • Protecting against skin cancer

What are the techniques used by a nutritionist?

To help you achieve your health goals and maintain a high level of well-being, a nutritionist employs the following techniques:

Goal setting

Many people visit nutritionists with particular goals they want to achieve. They may have gained a stubborn 10kg after reaching their third decade, and want to get into better shape. They may be aware of the extensive health benefits of a plant-based diet, and how it can reduce the risk of the two biggest killers—heart disease and cancer.4 They may just want to feel better from day to day.

Whatever the patient’s goals, a qualified nutritionist will be able to offer sound nutritional advice to help achieve them.

Nutritional analysis

To provide you with an effective meal plan, a nutritionist must first understand your existing diet, and what needs to be changed. They’ll talk to you about the foods you usually eat, and how often you eat them. They’ll also learn which foods you dislike, and try to keep them out of your meal plan if possible.

Physical training analysis

If you’re a fitness enthusiast who burns lots of calories each day, the nutritionist will need to take this into consideration when creating your meal plan, so that they can help you to achieve your goals. Similarly, if you don’t get much exercise at all, there may be less or different foods included in your meal plan to account for this.

Meal plans and food diaries

After understanding the patient’s general health, their current diet, and the goals they’re trying to achieve, a nutritionist may create a customised meal plan. To be effective, this must be closely followed by the patient, and the nutritionist usually checks in with them along the way to ensure this is happening.

Food diaries might also be recommended, which are used to keep track of every single thing that has been consumed.

How to choose a clinical nutritionist in Sydney

ANTA is committed to the delivery of public safety, quality health care and promoting informed choices. This is reflected in our Scope and Standards of Practice. Nutritionists must meet strict criteria to become ANTA members, and the easiest way to choose one is by using ANTA’s nutritionist practitioner directory, which you can access using the search form at the top of this page.

Here are some guidelines to follow when choosing a nutritionist:

  • Qualifications: Ensure you select a qualified nutritionist with formal qualifications. In Australia, nutritionists hold either an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition or a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition).
  • Current knowledge: Food recommendations constantly change, so check whether your nutritionist is well-versed in current research. Make sure your chosen therapist is up-to-date on the latest techniques and practices.
  • Cleanliness: Ensure your nutritionist office is clean and presented professionally.
  • What can I expect from my first nutritionist appointment?

In your first appointment with a nutritionist, they will likely ask about your medical history, diet, lifestyle, and more. They will measure your weight, height, and perhaps your body fat levels. This entire process can take up to an hour and a half to complete, but by the time you’re done, they will have everything they need to start working on a tailored meal plan for you.

Nutritionist Sydney FAQs

 

#1 Should I see a dietitian or nutritionist to lose weight?

Both nutritionists and dietitians are qualified in nutritional science, so either of them can help you to lose weight. Nutritionists tend to take a more holistic view of your health, considering other factors like your mental health as part of their work.

#2 Can a nutritionist help with menopause?

Diet can help to reduce menopause symptoms and ease the transition into the next stage of your life. A qualified nutritionist will be able to provide advice on which foods help to ease the symptoms of menopause.

#3 Do you have child nutritionists in Sydney in your directory?

We have a huge variety of nutritionists in Sydney, some of who may specialise in areas like child nutrition. The best thing to do is search for nutritionists using our practitioner directory, and read their profiles to check for specialisation with kids. They might also include this information on their website, which you can access from the directory itself.