Why use herbal supplements?
Using plants as medicine has been with us as long as humans have been on this planet and continues to comprise some part of primary healthcare in dealing with disease and illness for about 80% of the world's population. Plants were our first medicine and continue to offer us the opportunity to heal our bodies, minds and spirits, and also to connect more deeply to each other and the world around us. When we take herbal preparations, our bodies often respond quite readily because they recognize them as something familiar, even if it is the first time we have used herbs in this way. When used as part of a comprehensive health protocol, herbal remedies can be a very simple, yet quite potent tool to bring our bodies towards greater balance and healing.
Compared to pharmaceutical medications, herbs come to us in their whole form vs. isolated chemical constituents. Though many pharmaceuticals are derived from plants, their use is often accompanied by side effects, sometimes quite harsh and severe. When taking medicine in whole plant form, those more potent botanical chemicals are balanced by others that help to soften or eliminate such side effects altogether. Some herbs do come with cautions and contraindications, however, and pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medicines, nutritional supplements, and herbs can and do interact with one another, making it important to work with a skilled and knowledgeable herbalist when establishing a new, alternative health care regimen. Also, many herbal medicines can be used alongside conventional health treatments - they are by no means mutually exclusive. I am happy to establish collaborative care with your Primary Care Physician or other Health Care Professionals that you are working with, helping to create a care team that can support your health from a variety of angles.
Further, herbal medicine always has been and will continue to be a medicine for the people and for communities - it is generally safe, accessible, affordable, and sustainable. Anyone that has a desire can learn how to use herbs at home, even growing and preparing their own remedies themselves.
Why must I schedule an appointment to purchase your products?
In general, we recommend a follow-up consultation two-weeks after you begin taking your herbal formula/s. Your follow up consultation will allow you to check in regarding your progress and will give you an opportunity to reflect on your healing journey.