Herbalist Certification in Arkansas - AR

An herbalist certification for those who want to practice herbal medicine in Arkansas is not a legal requirement of the State of Arkansas. However, many practitioners of Chinese medicine are both herbalists as well as acupuncturists and Arkansas does require that The Arkansas State Board of Acupuncture license practitioners.

According to the Arkansas State Board of Acupuncture and Related Techniques, the scope of practice of Oriental medicine in Arkansas may include the administration of herbal medicines, and certification and licensure is required. More specific information can be found at http://www.asbart.org/rules.htm. Among the requirements, an applicant must submit a certified copy of a certificate from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM); a certified copy of NCCAOM Certification in Herbology and a certified copy of Clean Needle Technique Course certificate. Among the topics the NCCAOM certificate examination for Chinese herbology covers include Western medical assessment, physical assessment, pathology and diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and supplementations, safety topics and practice management issues.

Additionally, for those who want to pursue a certificate in herbal medicine to demonstrate their proficiency, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) have procedures for attaining herbal certification. Typical requirements of these organizations are that a student must complete an accredited and prescribed course of study and pass a certifying examination.

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