There are several kinds of herbalists in the United States. Their job descriptions vary widely depending upon the area of the herbal industry in which they work. According to Roy Upton, co-founder of the American Herbalists Guild, herbalists who want to practice primarily as health care professionals have two options. They can become primary health care providers or they can work as allied health professionals, working more as consultants than as practitioners. In the United States at this time, there are two officially recognized forms of training for herbalists: Oriental medicine and naturopathy.

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