The Herbal Consultation
The client to practitioner in-person meeting is the basis of any herbal consultation. Everything – guidance, recommendations, and herbal therapy – springs from this prima-interaction. Without it – it’s pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey.
Applied Medical Botany
More than just an academic-sounding term, I view this phrase as a description for core herbal practice: the plying of native/wild (mostly) plants, to people, for a therapeutic result. It also represents the herbal truth of: a successful therapeutic outcome is based upon the (rational) application of botany and medicine (medical physiology, pharmacology, etc.).
Constitutional Herbal Medicine
Addressing not just to outward symptom, but the underlying pattern of dysfunction. This pattern may be genetic, it may be environmental, or often a combination of both, but only when the deeper imbalance is corrected, can the resolution become a reality.
Correct Herbal Preparation
Internal (and topical) herbal preparations come in a multitude of forms: teas, tinctures, fluidextracts, tablets, etc. They are not equal. The selection of one form over another is nearly as important as what herb/s are selected for any given situation. The proper herb is the ‘what’. The best conveyance is the ‘how’. Both are needed.
A Brief History
I began to provide herbal consultations about twenty years ago. After a number of years of skill-honing, I leased my first office in 2000; and the Tucson Clinic of Botanical Medicine was born.