In the initial two-hour session, we review your health history, major life events, and current stressors and supports in the light of your goals. This includes a review of any prescription medications or over-the-counter supplements that you use.
Towards the end of the session we focus in on patterns, clarify priorities, and discuss which personalized herbal products – teas, tinctures, powders – are the best avenue for you. The choices are based on a balance of ease of use with your lifestyle, taste and texture preferences, safety, cost, and availability. We discuss what you want to name each formula in order to reinforce your intention. Dosing is also influenced by any history of sensitivity to herbs, food, or other substances.
If you are preparing for or undergoing a course of medical or surgical treatment, I may request permission to consult with your medical practitioners.
I then formulate for your specific systemic needs and symptom relief. Within 72 hours after our session, I email you a summary of the assessment, and a brief write-up on your herbs and proper use and dosage. I also advise you what shifts to look for. I submit your formulas to the Herbal Dispensary at the MD Institute of Integrative Health (MUIH) in Laurel, MD. The Dispensary calls you to arrange for payment and ships directly to you.
INITIAL FOLLOW-UP SESSION
We schedule a one-hour follow-up 3-4 weeks after you begin taking your herbs. During that time I encourage you to observe and make a note of any changes you notice, and to be in touch by email with any concerns or questions.
At your first follow-up, we reassess, fine tune the initial formulas, and discuss if and how to build on them for greater responsiveness.