• Harpagophytum cultivation
    Harpagophytum cultivation

    Harpagophytum procumbens cultivation in Namibia

  • Hoodia gordonii
    Hoodia gordonii

    Hoodia cultivation in Africa

  • Saffron

    Crocus sativus - saffron - the golden spice

  • Glechoma hederacea
    Glechoma hederacea

    In the early part of the 16th century, ground ivy was used to clarify and flavour beer before the introduction of hops.

  • Mt .Chester
    Mt .Chester

    The Rockies, Canada

  • Echinacea purpurea
    Echinacea purpurea
  • Calendula officinalis
    Calendula officinalis
  • Stachys betonica
    Stachys betonica

    A Tasmanian bumblebee visiting a wood betony flower

  • Arnica cordifolia
    Arnica cordifolia

    Found growing in profusion on the slopes of Mt Chester, Canada

  • Echinacea tennesseensis
    Echinacea tennesseensis

    Endangered in its native Tennessee, this species is thriving in Tasmania

  • Crocus sativus
    Crocus sativus

    Saffron field in Iran - the world's largest producer of saffron (90% of total production)

  • Saffron stigmas
    Saffron stigmas

    Each crocus only produces three stigmas - all handpicked

  • Thymus vulgaris
    Thymus vulgaris

    Thyme field in Europe

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Do naturopaths and Western herbalists rely too heavily on industry-based CPE?

In Australia, data suggests that naturopaths and Western herbalists rely on a number of sources of information to guide their prescribing – with textbooks being the most utilised sources of information. However, one study found that 43% of practitioners relied on manufacturer literature to help inform clinical decision-making (Braun et al., 2013). Other Australian research suggests an even higher reliance on industry-sourced information, with the information resources most often used by practitioners in this study being professional newsletters (91%), reference textbook (72%), and seminars run by manufacturers (70%)(Smith et al., 2005). In their report on the practice and regulatory requirements of naturopaths and Western herbalists, Lin et al (2009) concluded that it was highly likely that product manufacturers were the major providers of continuing education for CAM practitioners. Thus the evidence suggests that the naturopath and Western herbalist professions have an over-reliance on industry-based sources of information to guide their practice (Lin et al., 2009).

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