The effective application of herbal medicine is a somewhat complex affair with the client’s understanding of just what is achievable being of significant importance. Succinctly, well-applied herbal medicine best addresses functional (low to mid-level) complaints, i.e., problems that are dependent upon stress responses, poor diet and lifestyle choices, and/or genetic weakness exacerbated by environmental conditions or age. Another good candidate for herbal medicine is the person who has tried conventional medicine (or over-the-counter), but then stopped because the side effects had become worse than the original problem.
Inversely, the types of conditions that are poorly addressed with herbs (alone) are as follows: organic disease/severe pathology and those issues that are dependent upon environmental circumstances that are not/can not be changed. In addition, individuals who are taking several (or more) pharmaceuticals usually find the addition of herbs to be ineffectual or confusing to an already highly manipulated physiological state. In a nutshell – herbal medicine best works before the body breaks…and relatedly, conventional medicine best works after things have broken.
Specifically, I do not consult on cancer (though I am happy to provide preventive therapies or supportive therapies while following conventional protocols), ailments that are well-controlled/addressed with conventional medicines, and any injury that emergency care best addresses.
In addition to these poorly-addressed-with-herbal-medicine health situations, I also am not a counselor or life coach, so individuals whom desire specific non-physical guidance should look elsewhere, though the psychosomatic dynamic of some illness is undeniable. Moreover, though Cannabis (Marijuana) is technically an herbal medicine, I do not recommend its use due to its well-documented correlation with some forms of mental illness and its status as a gateway drug. Plus, any herbalist worth his salt should be able to find replacements for Cannabis’ (several) therapeutic influences.
What to expect
Consultations are generally between 40-60 minutes in length and are comprised of verbal interview and intake form and lab work up analysis (if available). In addition, some non-intrusive physical examination may be performed: observing the skin, hair, eyes, nails, tongue, and/or pulse for example. I only conduct in-person consultations and do not offer consultations by phone, email, online chat, etc.
I use this time (and behind-the-scenes research) to determine the most effective herbal therapy (and sometimes additional supplements) that addresses both the underlying constitutional/genetic pattern (if one exists) and outward symptoms.
Most of the internal herbs I dispense are alcohol-based (tinctures and fluidextracts), though for uncomplicated issues herbal teas often suffice. Although I will do my best to find alternative preparations, individuals with alcohol sensitivities/aversion or history problems will find my selection limited.
Cost and payment options
Initial consultations (40-60 minutes) are $80. Follow-up consultations (15-30 minutes) are $40. The majority of suggested herbs I personally dispense, in the classic forms: tincture, tea, salve, etc. These are priced at or slightly below on-line/health food store prices. On occasion I’ll recommend supplements that I don’t stock. These I suggest purchasing on-line or locally at (Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, etc.).
The total cost of an initial consult with herbs usually ranges between $120-$140.
I accept cash and checks for payment. I do not take credit cards.