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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IS HERBALISM/HERBAL MEDICINE?

Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for promoting health and preventing and treating illness. It has persisted as the world's primary form of medicine since the beginning of time, with a written history more than 5000 years old. While the use of herbs in America has been overshadowed by dependence on modern medications the last 100 years, 75% of the world's population still rely primarily upon traditional healing practices, most of which is herbal medicine.

HOW DO HERBAL CONSULTATIONS WORK?

One you book your appointment with me I will send you a full intake form will be filled out and returned to me before our appointment so I can look it over prior to our meeting. During your consultation we will connect about how to reach those goals and come up with a program for you.  In our session, we will talk more about your intake form,  I will ask questions for anything I need clarification on as well as answer any questions or concerns that you may have. This will last about 60 minutes. I will blend a flower essence for you to take home at the end of the session.

Within 5 business days of our session, (more than likely sooner) I will send you a complete list of my recommendations via email and suggestions for your program. This will include information on what I am suggesting, the amounts I am suggesting for each therapy (and preparation instructions, if appropriate), how long it is recommended for and why I am recommending it for you. It will also include information on where to find all of these things. Often these are something that you can have blended for you at your local apothecary or I can blend them for you, depending.

After your initial consultation, a follow-up visit is encouraged. In general, we recommend a follow-up consultation approximately two-weeks after you begin taking your herbal formula/s. This will allow us to check in regarding your progress, discover what is working (and what is not) and will give us the opportunity to adjust and reformulate if needed. These typically last 45 minutes.

I have package deals available for people who are looking to commit to their health program and save money.

If you are currently on any medications, please contact me prior to booking your appointment.

DO YOU ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS

I am currently accepting a limited amount of new clients. Book Now to get started.

If you are currently on any medications, please contact me prior to booking your appointment.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME IN THE CONSULTATION PROGRAM?

It is helpful to be open minded and committed to your health and healing program. Ask questions. Be open to trying new things. Be prepared to work. Be consistent. Keep in mind that as you progress and change, so will your program. Have faith in yourself. Know that you can do this and that you are worth self-care. You are enough.

WHAT YOU WILL NOT GET THROUGH MY HERBAL SERVICES

If you are looking for an easy fix, a pill or simple answer to what you are experiencing, we might not be the best fit. Rarely is it that simple, especially when dealing with complex issues. I also do not operate from a "You take XX herb for XX problem" mentality as I look at the whole picture and what may have caused the body to be out of balance. This is a partnership in your wellness and if you're not willing to put in the work, commit to your own well being or be open minded to different healing modalities and trying new things it might be best to find a different practitioner. I am not a doctor and will not be able to diagnose or give medical advice.

ARE PRODUCTS INCLUDED IN THE CONSULTATION FEES?

The initial consultation includes a flower essence remedy only.  It does not include the cost of any herbal products such as teas, tinctures, capsules and creams unless a package with that option is chosen.

WHAT IS AN HERBALIST?

Herbalists are people who dedicate their lives to working with medicinal plants. They include native healers, scientists, naturopaths, holistic medical doctors, researchers, writers, herbal pharmacists, medicine makers, wild crafters, harvesters, and herbal farmers to name a few. While herbalists are quite varied, the common love and respect for life, especially the relationship between plants and humans, unites them. Persons specializing in the therapeutic use of plants may be medical herbalists, traditional herbalists, acupuncturists, midwives, naturopathic physicians, or even one's own grandmother.

HOW IS HERBAL MEDICINE DIFFERENT FROM CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE?

The primary focus of the herbalist is to treat people as individuals irrespective of the disease or condition they have, and to stimulate their innate healing power through the use of such interventions as herbs, diet, and lifestyle. The primary focus of conventional physicians is to attack diseases using strong chemicals that are difficult for the body to process, or through the removal of organs. Not only does this ignore the unique makeup of the individual, but many patients under conventional care suffer from side effects that are as bad as the condition being treated. The philosophical difference between herbalists and conventional physicians has profound significance.

HOW ARE HERBS DIFFERENT FROM PHARMACEUTICALS?

Most pharmaceutical drugs are single chemical entities that are highly refined and purified and are often synthesized. In 1987 about 85% of modern drugs were originally derived from plants. Currently, only about 15% of drugs are derived from plants. In contrast, herbal medicines are prepared from living or dried plants and contain hundreds to thousands of interrelated compounds. Science is beginning to demonstrate that the safety and effectiveness of herbs is often related to the synergy of its many constituents.

HOW CAN HERBS AND HERBAL MEDICINE HELP ME?

Herbs can offer you a wide range of safe and effective therapeutic agents that you can use as an integral part of your own health care program. They can be used in three essential ways:

  1. to prevent disease

  2. to treat disease

  3. to maximize one's health potential

Herbs are also used for the symptomatic relief of minor ailments.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR HERBS TO BE EFFECTIVE?

The success of herbal treatment always depends upon a variety of factors including how long the condition has existed, the severity of the condition, the dosage and mode of administration of the herb(s), and how diligently treatment plans are followed. It can be as short as 60 seconds when using a spoonful of herbal bitters for gas and bloating after a heavy meal; 20 minutes when soaking in a bath with rosemary tea for a headache; days when using tonics to build energy; or months to correct long-standing gynecological imbalances. Difficult chronic conditions can often take years to reverse.

HOW SAFE ARE HERBS?

It depends on the herbs. Most herbs sold as dietary supplements are very safe. When used appropriately, the majority of herbs used by practitioners have no adverse side effects. A review of the traditional and scientific literature worldwide demonstrates that serious side effects from the use of herbal medicines are rare. According to Norman Farnsworth: “Based on published reports, side effects or toxic reactions associated with herbal medicines in any form are rare. In fact, of all classes of substances reported to cause toxicities of sufficient magnitude to be reported in the United States, plants are the least problematic."

HOW DO HERBALISTS PRACTICE?

Herbalists can practice either as primary health care providers or adjunctive health care consultants. Most visits to an herbalist begin with a consultation about your past and current health history, your dietary and lifestyle practices, or other factors related to your health issue. The herbalist, with your involvement, should develop an integrated herbal program that addresses your specific health needs and concerns. You should be treated as a whole person, not as a disease.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO USING HERBS?

Various herbal traditions have developed worldwide. In the West there are a number of different traditions which include folkloric herbal practices, clinical western herbal medicine, naturopathic medicine, practitioners of Ayurveda or Chinese medicine, and numerous Native American herbal traditions. Some practitioners use highly developed systems of diagnosis and treatment while others base their treatments on individual knowledge and experience. Every person must find the herbal practitioner that is most appropriate for them.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I USE THE RITUAL BATH?

The Ritual Bath is designed for one bath ritual, however there will be enough anointing oil for multiple applications so that you can reaffirm your intentions and connect with its purpose.

Many of these answers and information are provided by the American Herbalist Guild.

If you still have questions or need additional information, please Contact Me.

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