Posted on: January 21, 2020

We love talking about herbs and herbalism, and we especially love answering your questions about those topics. That's why we brought in our team of herbal experts to respond to some of the most common questions and concerns we hear.

Our herbalists have decades of combined experience working with herbs — and the people who take them. They answer your most pressing questions, in our regular column “Ask an Herbalist.”

You might have noticed that some herbalists (particularly those who work with clients) have additional modifiers in their titles, such as “medical herbalist,” “clinical herbalist” or “folk herbalist.”

While there is no standard definition for the different types of herbalists, here are some general ideas of what those titles can mean. If you have questions or want more information, you can always ask an herbalist about their background and practice.

Types of Herbal Practitioners

These descriptions are generally based on Traditional Western Herbalism, and they are used in the modern sense of the words. In the United States, “herbalist” is not a certified or licensed profession; however, practitioners may be designated as a Registered Herbalist though the American Herbalists Guild.

Other Modalities and Herbs

Beyond herbalism, there are different ways to utilize herbs in practice. Many of those who practice holistic modalities may also incorporate herbs, including practitioners of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese herbal practitioners and acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, osteopathic physicians and aromatherapists.

Non-Conventional Herbalists

And there are other herbalists or members of the herbal industry who don’t work with clients at all. This includes wildcrafters, gardeners, farmers, seed savers, scientists (including chemists), product makers, formulators, educators, writers, clinicians, researchers, quality control technicians and/or small business owners.