Need some help sorting through the claims and benefits of herbal medicine? If you’ve done your own research and still feel uncertain about how to proceed, you may want to consult with an herbalist, someone who has been extensively trained in herbal medicines and herbal supplements.

There are a number of different training programs and certifications available to practitioners of complementary medicine, and many receive training in the use of natural medicines. Whenever possible, it’s best to seek out the guidance of certified herbalist or a practitioner who has been licensed in your state.

Here are some specialties to look for:

An herbalist (RH AHG: Registered Herbalist, American Herbalists Guild); (MCPP; Member College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy); (FNIMH; Fellow, National Institute of Medical Herbalists); or (MNIMH: Member, National Institute of Medical Herbalists). Visit www.americanherbalistsguild.com

A licensed or registered acupuncturist (LAc or RAc) Visit www.acupuncture.com or www.acufinder.org

A diplomat in Ayurvedic Health Sciences (DAv)

A doctor of Oriental medicine (DOM) Visit www.acupuncture.com or www.acufinder.org

A diplomat of Chinese herbology (DipCH) Visit www.acupuncture.com or www.acufinder.org

A naturopathic physician (ND) Visit www.naturopathic.org

A medical doctor (MD) or pharmacist (PharmD).