Nutrition and Herbal Medicine

What is Nutrition Response Testing (NRT)?

NRT is done via “muscle testing,” where the practitioner gently presses against your arm while you press back, or resist.  If we touch a part of your body under stress, like an organ with unprocessed toxins or a part of your back that hurts, for example, your arm resistance will be reduced, and it will be easier to push your arm down. 

With this type of testing, we can assess what areas of your body are under stress, what things are at the root cause of some of your health complaints, and also determine the best way to heal those areas.  Some of the root causes we may find include heavy metal toxicity, food sensitivities, immune agents like viruses and bacteria, scar tissue, or a chemical burden.

What is herbal medicine?  

Herbal medicines are plants that have been determined through thousands of years of empirical evidence and through scientific studies to have medicinal properties. 

We use approximately 50 different herbs and various combinations of those herbs.  Herbalists are like the internal medicine doctors of the natural healthcare world.

Are there interactions with medication I should worry about?  

Most herbs are extremely safe to take, especially when prescribed by a licensed herbal medicine practitioner.  There are rarely any side effects or complications, but please let us know if you have any known allergies.

Tell your herbalist about any Western medications you are taking so that she can tell you if there are any problems with taking both.  There are very few interactions with prescription medications and herbs, but before we prescribe you an herbal formula, this will be talked about in detail and considered in the best way to benefit you and your health.  

Never self-prescribe herbs.  Even though they are natural, they are strong medicines and should only be prescribed by a licensed herbalist.  

We also use food-based vitamins, not to be confused with synthetic vitamins which constitute 99% of the vitamins you see at the store.  Food-based vitamins rarely contraindicate with medications and rarely would they cause any problem because they’re made from real things that your body knows how to digest and use.  For example, the calcium we use is calcium lactate and is made from beets; the zinc we use is made from animal liver. 

What can you treat with herbal medicine and supplements?  

Just about anything!  Supplements and herbs are considered “internal medicine,” whereas acupuncture is “external medicine.”  For most conditions, a combination of both will give you a better and faster end result from your treatment. 

herbal remediesWhich supplements will I take?  

In our clinic, we use about 700 various herbs and formulas.  There is no “set formula” for a condition.  Each formula is custom-made depending on your pulse diagnosis, organ imbalance, treatment goals, as well as your symptoms to diagnose the best prescription for your condition.  

 Some of the benefits to taking supplements are:

  • They are all-natural.  We get our botanicals and supplements from Standard Process, where each batch is tested by biochemists to ensure quality and purity.
  • They work to support your body’s natural systems.  Eventually, your need for the medicines will diminish as your body starts to work better on its own.  
  • Even when we focus on one area, you tend to notice other areas improving at the same time.  For example, if we use herbs to treat your Heart, you would notice:  better sleep, more calm feeling, and improved memory and mental functioning as well as lowered blood pressure and better overall Heart functioning.