The Truth about becoming a herbalist

Is there any licensing for herbalists in the United States?

Is there any licensing for herbalists in the United States?

The licensing of medical and many health practices (e.g. massage therapists) occurs on a state level. There is currently no licensing or certification for herbalists in any state that precludes the rights of anyone to use, dispense, or recommend herbs.  However, in a small number of states such as California, Naturopathic (ND) and acupuncturist licensing laws (LAc) include clauses that define natural remedies and sometimes specifically herbal remedies within the scope of the licensed practice.  There is currently no state-level licensing for herbalists other than those linked to an acupuncture license (LAc).  However, no current license precludes the right of other health professionals or lay persons to use, dispense, or recommend herbs, and additional legal protections granted to the license holder specifically related to the use of herbs are not always clear

Next, this site link below has a lot of information, I am posting just a little.

http://www.rmhiherbal.org/aa/f-ahr3-rights.html

Several years ago, Paul Bergner, who is a fellow herbalist and friend, informed me that he had been investigated by the Colorado Medical Board, probably because he had been operating a school called the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. In spite of this, he was never prosecuted, and we both agreed that the primary reason for this was the fact that he consistently issued written disclaimers to all his clients. Paul generously agreed to write a short preface to this article, which I appended to it in 2006. After carefully rereading my own article, I realized that a simple disclaimer would likely be an effective means of overcoming a prosecutor’s prima facie case, which is usually comprised of evidence of the practitioner’s use of specific words. This was further confirmed by my experience several years later as a health freedom activist working with a group in Montana to promote a Health Freedom bill in the Montana legislature.

This PDF says more link to the PDF is,

http://www.herbalista.org/Herbalista/Resources_files/Herbal%20Medicine%20and%20US%20Law.pdf

Herbal Practice-Pg 4 of 27 from the PDF states;

No State or Federal licensing or sanctioned certificate, no legal definition of “Herbalist”, or Herbal Practice.

Listen, many schools charge large amounts of money for their schools as you know. Many claim be a student in our School for a certified Herbalist, why? It is not law, not required and the certification is only good for that school, or guild.

You do not need any formal training, you do not need this school, nothing,you do need to have knowledge, you can learn this from many, many books, trial and error, and time. You need to know the things this school teaches to be a well rounded, qualified Herbalist. The School is set up so one step at a time you learn slowly and it gets more challenging as you progress to level two and level three Master Herbalist.

Everything in the Diploma courses are things you need to know, mark our words.This is the same thing with the 100% tuition free, accredited Bible College. Bachelor to Ph.D, legal in Ca ST. we could have saved thousands over the years. Two schools 100% tuition free, and both excellent.

There Is NO OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION for “herbalist” in the US

http://herbalistpath.blogspot.com/2008/02/there-is-no-official-certification-for.html

OK, I guess this is somewhat of a rant. I still get this question so often off and on from friends, list members, students, I felt the need to write about it.

There is no official certification or license for you to become an herbalist in the USA!
There are many educational programs that may give you a “certificate of completion” all this means is that you completed a program from whatever school you attended. They may claim to be “accredited”, what does that mean? Well it means if you have a another license, such as LMT, or Naturopath, you may be able to qualify for Continuing Ed credits (CEU’s), and that the school has met certain standards by whatever accrediting agency it belongs to, this does not mean the credits transfer to any college for credit hours!! If you think that going to a school that is accredited equals a better education, this is not necessarily true.

Someone said “But I want to have an accredited education so I will be respected in the allopathic world”
Hate to tell you, but most Doctors either are warmed up to the idea of herbal medicine or they are not. Saying you have a certificate from so and so school that you paid a pretty penny for really will not sway them, because for the most part they have no idea about these schools and have little time to listen to what you have to say. Some Doctors think that Chiropractors are quacks, and they have a DO degree, spend tons of $$$ and time on their education. The “licensed” practitioners clash in the medical world all the time.

I have said this before and I will say it again, some of the best herbalists I know are self taught. They do not hold a certificate from one of the major “accredited” schools. Most of the pioneers in herbalism, Juliette Levy, Rosemary Gladstar ,Susun Weed, for example paved their own road- learned from the people & the plants, they did not need a certificate to start learning.

There are tons of resources and it can be very overwhelming. Starting with one of the many programs will give you a good foundation, but you will find this is a lifetime passion, and you will learn new things daily, you may later decide to expand your education, or focus on your own niche. I still have classes I want to take, books I want to read, plants I want to meet. I think if you have the opportunity to learn from the herbalists themselves this is a great start. Research the herbalist you are going to work with, do you like their teaching style & the type of herbalism they practice? this can make a big difference in what you retain and learn.

Before you jump into a major program and spend tons of your hard earned cash, I would really do some soul searching and research the both the instructor and the style of herbalism they practice, start with immersing yourself with resources, books, websites, et ask around how did others like the class? Make some teas, get out in nature, practice at your level of experience, then the right instructor and class will become apparent to you.