Frequently Asked Questions

Certain pre-appointment questions come up more than others. Here’s a list of some of the more common ones.

How long will it take for me to see a difference with my situation?

If the correct herb or combination is given, correct being the operative word, one day to one week, depending on the situation. Nervous system, gastrointestinal, and skin-oriented conditions usually respond (not resolve, but begin to respond) within a day or two. Long-standing vascular, metabolic, reproductive, or inflammatory-immune issues often take longer. A general rule-of-thumb is: the longer the disfunction has existed, the greater the length of time needed to see herbal results. [Top]

I’m receiving care from other branches of medicine (or self-care), do you coordinate your recommendations?

Absolutely. Relatedly, an important question to ask about a therapy, whatever modality – is it helping? It may seem like an obvious comparison, but there’s a big difference between a supplement, herb, drug, or otherwise, helping, versus, supposing to help. I’m of the opinion that ‘less is more’; so if the job can get done with one or two approaches, rather than a half-dozen, then I’m all for streamlining. However, if the pharmaceutical, supplement, iv-drip therapy, etc. is having a net-beneficial effect, then I’ll be the first to say – stay the course. [Top]

I’m taking an herbal formula from another herbalist (or a store-bought herbal supplement) and it seems to be effective. Can you duplicate it and provide me with the same herbal formula?

As long as you come in for a consultation, which allows me to do my job properly, and the positive effects of the herbal formula are as described, then yes. [Top]

Note: in formula matching, knowing the herbal ratios (and the specific herbs) is important. Continuing to purchase the formula from the original source is optimal, but I’m assuming for whatever reason, that’s not an option.

I want my spouse/significant other/family member to come in for an appointment. Can I schedule it for him?

With the exception of someone who needs a parent or guardian throughout the scheduling and office visit process, the adult of concern, needs to personally put in the effort of scheduling an appointment. This demonstrates to me that they are sincerely interested and not being forced into an office visit. [Top]

My spouse/significant other/friend wants to accompany me during the appointment (or I want my spouse, etc., to accompany me during the appointment). Can he sit in?

No, but he’s welcome to say hello, then wait in the lobby…or schedule his own appointment. Usually this dynamic relates to the one-above question/answer. Sometimes it does not, so let me explain. What I need from the client during the consultation is direct, honest, and unfiltered information (verbal communication), about one’s health, diet, routine, and many times, emotional state, as it relates to physicality. All these elements factor into my therapeutic/herbal suggestions. By having an extra person in the room, this process is disrupted, or rather, I’ve never seen the interview process not disrupted with an extra person in the room. Usually, this guarding/holding back that occurs by the client in the company of an extra person is subconscious. Please understand, how successful I am as an herbalist is mostly (but not totally) dependent upon the quality of information I receive from the client. Help me to help you. [Top]

What’s your opinion of medicinal-Marijuana?

Usually Cannabis’ several therapeutic benefits can be matched by much less risky herbal medicines. If the ‘high’ from medicinal-Marijuana is undesirable, but the spasmolytic, stomachic, or sedative effects are wanted, then most clients will find herbal medicine a better choice. [Top]

Are you a retail herb shop?

No. My services are consultation-based. I only sell herbs (mostly tailored formulas) to clients. [Top]

Do you email/phone/video chat consult?

No. Consultations need to be in-person. There’s no way to properly assess a client’s situation through these modes of communication. [Top]

Do you make house calls?

As long as it’s in the Tucson-area, and the residence (or a room within the residence) is distraction-free, I’ll consider it. The consultation fee for a house call is $250 (pre-pay and no sliding scale for house-calls). [Top]

What forms of payment do you accept? Insurance?

Cash, check, money order, and credit/debit cards. I do not accept insurance/Medicare/Etc. [Top]

Can I barter or trade for your services?

No. But I do have sliding scale. [Top]

What is your sliding scale policy?

It’s pretty simple – if paying the $100-$120 (initial consult with herbs) means a utility bill, the rent, or another essential payment gets put off – please ask for the sliding scale.

If paying the $100-$120 means that money doesn’t go into the mutual fund this month…be proud to pay the full price! [Top]

What is your therapeutic overlay? Western, eastern, metaphysical, etc.?

Critical thinking and the application of western scientific thought have done a pretty good job of lifting Mankind out of the Dark Ages. The application of these perspectives is likewise optimal in channeling herbal potential into herbal result.

One way to look at the material versus ‘spiritual’ application of herbal medicine is this:

Herbs contain physiologically active chemicals, usually in small amounts. Pharmaceuticals contain physiologically active chemicals, in larger amounts. No intelligent person wants a doctor to write a prescription based on dreams/dowsing/astrology/intuition. Like doctors, good herbalists think (thinking is different from feeling or intuition), are oriented to rational problem solving, and do not use the subject to further their own psychological/emotional tendencies. It’s about the client; not the herbalist. [Top]

I’m a visiting herbalist/student and would like to pick your brain. Possible?

I’m always happy to meet with visiting herbalists/students (other modalities too). Contact me using the form (Contact page), and we’ll schedule a time for you to come in to the office (gratis). Please don’t show up unannounced – I’m either not going to be there or I’ll be with a client. Thanks! [Top]