In a standard herbal consultation, there is an initial 75-90 minute extensive health intake that involves an in-depth examination of factors affecting your well being, including your environment, relationships, lifestyle choices, dietary habits, personal and family history, and emotional and physical health. We will discuss your health concerns and work together to create attainable goals. You will then receive a balanced and realistic wellness plan including herbal formulas, diet and/or lifestyle changes, and suggestion of hypnosis or Reiki services. All herbal remedies are custom formulated to meet the needs of each specific individual and will be available the following day. In some case, products may be recommended to purchase at local stores or online.
Follow Up sessions
A crucial part in working with an herbalist is the ongoing engagement to allow for necessary adjustments in the treatment regimen. This will allow for further support of your healing process. We will schedule to meet two to four weeks after your first appointment to make sure that the herbs and health plan are appropriately serving you. At that time, we will address any changes that may be necessary.
After the second meeting, we may choose to meet on a regular basis (typically monthly) to continue tailoring your health plan together. These meetings last between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your needs. You may only need to check in to get more herbs, or if working with a chronic issue, there may be additional recommendations during follow ups.
How does herbal medicine work?
When practiced from an energetic perspective, herbs are used to treat the deeper underlying cause of illness and not merely eliminate symptoms. Herbs help to facilitate the natural functions of the body and restore its internal balance. Some ways this is done is by regulating digestion, supporting the nervous system, and toning specific areas of the body.
How long does it take for herbs to be effective?
There are a variety of factors, such as how long the condition has existed, the severity of it, the dosage of the herbs, and most importantly how diligently treatment protocols are followed. You must take the herbs as instructed to see results. You may experience relief within a few minutes, or it may take months for more deeply seated illness.
How do I take the herbs?
Herbs are available in a variety of forms, the most common being tea, tincture (an alcohol extract), and capsules. Some other ways to take herbs are in medicated honey, vinegar, and glycerin, as well as oils and salves for external use. And of course in cooking! There are still many more wonderful ways to use herbs for your health.
Are herbs safe?
Yes, although it depends on how they are used. They are safe when used in the recommended dosages for the appropriate purpose and in the appropriate ways. One of the most important things is to be certain to use high quality herbs from a reputable source that grows organically or uses ethically wildcrafted herbs. According to the World Health Organization, "Currently, the majority of adverse events related to the use of herbal products and herbal medicines that are reported are attributable either to poor product quality or to improper use."
Can I use herbs in combination with standard medical treatments and care?
Certainly. It is important that you provide all the information about medications that you take in order to ensure the proper herbal formulation for use in conjunction with your other treatments. Oftentimes herbs can be used to ease side effects of your medication.