What is an herbal consultation?
It's a comprehensive appointment that focuses on YOU - in addition to your specific concerns we discuss all aspects of your health to get a holistic picture of what's going great in your life, and what could use some support. After the 45 minute discussion, I formulate a custom treatment strategy, including recommendations for lifestyle and dietary enhancements as well as an herbal formulation (or two) that I create to uniquely address your specific needs. Typically, a follow-up appointment is scheduled a few weeks later to check in and update the treatment strategy as needed.
What happens during an herbal consultation?
The initial consultation starts before we meet for the first time. Upon confirming your appointment, I will send you an intake form which will take between 30-40 minutes to complete. Returning the completed form prior to the appointment will allow me to adequately prepare for our meeting.
In the clinic we will talk for 45-60 minutes. I will ask about a number of aspects of your life and health, driven by your primary concerns as well as the responses on your intake form. My goal is to get a complete picture of how you are doing overall, and where you need support.
After the initial discussion, I will leave the room for several minutes to formulate a treatment strategy. This will include custom herbal blends in your preferred format (tea, powder, tincture). I will also offer suggestions for supporting diet and lifestyle modifications (for example, add ‘one more’ vegetable to your daily routine, meditate for 5 minutes before bed).
Together we will select suggestions that you are most comfortable with, and that you believe will be most helpful (and achievable). It’s important that the proposed strategy is a joint venture; I very much want you to be in charge of your health. The first appointment typically takes about 90 minutes, with 60 minute follow-ups. You may purchase your custom-blended herbs in the compounding facility at Maryland University of Integrative Health, or have them mailed to you.