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 dysfunction has existed, the greater the length of time needed to see herbal results. [Top]

Are you licensed and/or accredited?

No. The longer answer is – there is no American codification for western herbal education that makes a legal difference. Some beginning herbalists do seek out courses of study that grant titles/designations, and I have absolutely no problem with this, after all, initial herbal education is not a bad thing (usually). It does help an herbalist to get to first base and having a badge to showoff can be a useful marketing tool. However, I believe an herbalist’s value is best ascertained by his time in practice and accomplishments, rather than where he did/did not go to herbal school. Another element to keep in mind is the herbal renaissance has only been around since the late 60s-early 70s, and classroom-oriented herbal education, since the 90s (a few programs did exist in the 80s). Many of the architects of the education standardization movement, themselves, never went to ‘herbal school’ back in the day (few if any existed), so the feverish push for codification seems hypocritical to me. [Top]

Do you have a traditional degree in something?

No. I barely graduated high school. [Top]

What is your therapeutic overlay? Western, eastern, smorgasbord, psycho-spiritualism, etc.?

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

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]

What is your chronology as a practicing herbalist?

I spent 91’-99’ studying and providing herbal consultations from the herb sections of mom-and-pop Tucson health food stores, in which I worked. I leased my first office in 2000. From then until 2012, with the exception an 18-month military-adventure, I continued to offer consultations as a practicing herbalist through locations in and around Tucson. In 2013 I scaled back seeing new clients in order to focus on my latest book. Now that it is complete, I’m enthused to again offer my in-person services. My publishing timeframe can be seen here:[Top]

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 shows me that they are sincerely interested and not being dragged in against their will. [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.

Are you a retail herb shop?

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

Do you recommend herbal birth control or herbal abortion?

I’ve known women who have become pregnant and had babies, using ‘herbal birth control’. So, no. Herbal abortion? A resounding no. Without weighing into politics, attempting an herbal abortion is incredibly dangerous. [Top]

What forms of payment do you accept? Insurance?

Cash, check, and money order. I don’t take credit cards, but I’m willing to look into transfer services like Paypal (let me know prior to the consultation if this is preferable). I don’t accept insurance. [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 you had to take the bus or ride your bicycle to get here; if food stamps, housing assistance, disability, or social security make a big difference in your life; or roommates are needed to pay the rent – please ask for the sliding scale.

For the financially secure: be proud to pay the full consultation fee…you’re a success! [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]

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). [Top]

Do you teach on the subject?

I lead my first edible/medicinal plant walk through the Tucson Parks and Rec. Dept. in 93′. Over the years I’ve taught beginning and advanced courses at a variety of institutions (and self-organized). 2015 was the last year I conducted my 5 month program (Studies in Western Herbal Medicine). After 20-some years, I consider myself semi-retired from teaching. There’s always a chance I may organize classes in the future…but I just don’t see that happening. [Top]