The difference between a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist


What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Nutritionist?

A Nutritionist advises you on what to eat in order to reach a specific health goal or lead a healthy lifestyle.

A Naturopath looks at food as just one piece of the health puzzle. They first use specialised testing to uncover the underlying cause of your health concerns, and then use natural medicines, food and lifestyle changes to correct those conditions.

For example, you can do the FODMAP diet on your own to reduce symptoms of IBS, but it is very difficult to fix the underlying issues and heal your gut properly without the help of a Naturopath. A Naturopath has many tools at hand - including diet and lifestyle advice, herbal medicine, supplements and testing - to help fix the cause of your issues, rather than just address the symptoms.

What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Herbalist?

In terms of education, a Herbalist studies herbal medicine, whereas a Naturopath studies nutrition, homeopathy and lifestyle medicine in addition to herbal medicine.

While herbalists have only herbal medicine in their tool kit, Naturopaths are able to use a wide range of healing tools to achieve the best outcome for you.

Naturopaths focus on treating the body as a whole - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually - and specialise in finding the cause of your health complaints, not just treating the symptoms.  

Would you like to know more about what a Naturopath does? Click here to read our blog post - What is a Naturopath?


Do you want to find out more about how naturopathy can help you?

Click here to download our free guide that answers some of the questions you may have about what a Naturopath can do for you.

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