Nutrition and Herbal Medicine

Healthy Eating is Different for Everyone

We understand that everyone has different nutritional needs and tastes, and we do our best to be flexible when working with individuals.  To determine what YOUR nutritional needs are, and if there’s anything in your current diet that may be interfering with your health, we usually do a technique called Nutrition Response Testing, or NRT.

With this type of testing, we can assess what organs or areas of your body are under stress, what things may be causing that stress on your body (foods, chemicals, heavy metals, scar tissue, or immune factors), and then determine the best solutions to support your body in the healing process. 

Our herbal remedies are plant-based medicines.  We source our herbs from an herb farm in Australia, where chemists are on-staff to ensure what’s on the label is in fact what’s in the bottle, and that it’s the highest quality.

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 sourced 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 Chinese medicine, there is no “standard formula” for any condition.  Each herbal formula is custom-made depending on your individual diagnosis, organ imbalance, treatment goals, and your symptoms.  

 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.