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  • What is a Herbalist's Scope of Practice?
    Herbalists and Health Coaches are not licensed health practitioners, which means we can not diagnose. This means that if at any point during any session, it feels that your situation is beyond my ability to help you or if they see any red flag warnings of more profound or more severe health issues, I may refer you to seek help with alternate providers, including the possibility of suggesting you go to an urgent care center. This is done solely out of concern for your health and safety. My goal is to be your guide through the world of natural health, to help you navigate the realm of herbs and alternative healing modalities, and to offer you a way to find your path to health.
  • What is an Herb?
    Medicinally, an herb is any plant part or plant used for its therapeutic value. Some of the world's herbal traditions also include mineral and animal substances as "herbal medicines."
  • What is Herbal Medicine?
    Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for promoting health and preventing and treating illness. It has persisted as the world's primary form of medicine for over 5000 years. While the use of herbs in America has been overshadowed by dependence on modern medications in recent years, 75% of the world's population still relies primarily on traditional healing practices, most of which involve herbal medicine.
  • How are Herbs Different from Pharmaceuticals?
    Most pharmaceutical drugs are highly refined and synthesized single chemical entities. In contrast, herbal medicines are prepared from living or dried plants and contain hundreds to thousands of interrelated compounds. Safety and effectiveness of herbs are often related to the synergy of their many constituents.
  • How is Herbal Medicine Different from Conventional Medicine?
    The primary focus of herbalists is to treat individuals, stimulating their innate healing power through herbs, diet, and lifestyle changes. Conventional physicians often use strong chemicals or organ removal to attack diseases, ignoring the individual's unique makeup. The philosophical difference between herbalists and conventional physicians is profound.
  • What is an Herbalist?
    Herbalists are people who dedicate their lives to working with medicinal plants. They include native healers, scientists, naturopaths, holistic medical doctors, researchers, writers, herbal pharmacists, medicine makers, wildcrafters, harvesters, and herbal farmers. While herbalists have diverse specialties, their shared love and respect for the relationship between plants and humans unite them.
  • How Will I Know if an Herb Will Work for Me?
    Herbal medicine is both an art and a science, recognizing that what works best for one person may not be suitable for another due to individual variations. Trained herbalists bring expertise in understanding the intricacies of the body's interworkings and carefully review their client's health history and constitution before selecting herbs tailored to their unique needs. This personalized approach minimizes guesswork, ensuring that herbal treatments are effective and safe, making consulting with an expert herbalist a valuable choice for achieving optimal health outcomes.
  • How Long Does it Take for Herbs to Be Effective?
    Herbal treatments operate profoundly, addressing layered imbalances within the body. While they may take longer to alleviate symptoms than quick-fix solutions, their healing is far more sustainable, as they target the root causes rather than merely masking symptoms. The effectiveness of herbal treatment hinges on various factors, including the duration and severity of the condition, correct dosage, and consistent adherence to treatment plans. Depending on these variables, the healing process may span from seconds for acute issues to months or even years for chronic conditions, offering sustainable health benefits.
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