What is Herbal Medicine?
How Are Herbs Different From Pharmaceuticals?
How is Herbal Medicine Different From Conventional Medicine?
Are Herbs and Herbal Formulas Safe?
Herbs are very safe. I know specific properties of hundreds of herbs and am trained in potential complications. Side effects and complications are very, very rare and are made even more rare by the fact that I use herbs within a formula. Formulas are blends of several different herbs combined together to best address a health concern. The formula is designed for herbs within it to work together and often include specific herbs that harmonize the the rest of the formula and some that can offset any potential side effects of strong herbs present.
The other component that makes herbs incredibly safe is that I use whole plant material in my formulas – roots, leaves, stems and/or flowers. Whole plants and plant parts contain hundreds or thousands of chemical constituents working in harmony together, where standardized extracts (which you can find in health stores, etc) are often only one chemical from the plant that chemists have deemed the “active” constituent. This approach is much closer to pharmaceuticals, and have a higher chance of causing interactions than whole plant material as it is a large dose of one single chemical.
Similarly, most pharmaceutical drugs are single chemical entities that are highly refined and purified and often synthesized. In 1987 about 85% of modern drugs were originally derived from plants. Currently, only about 15% of drugs are derived from plants. In contrast, herbal medicines are prepared from living or dried plants and contain hundreds to thousands of interrelated compounds. Science is beginning to demonstrate that the safety and effectiveness of herbs is often related to the synergy of its many constituents.
What to Expect at Your First Consultation
In the days following I will develop a formula plan for you and make formulas as needed. Time will be arranged for you to pick up your formulas, or they can be mailed.
Follow up appointments are 30-60 minutes and one will be scheduled for 5-7 days after you have been on your formula(s)
What is the AHG and why is finding a Registered Herbalist important?
Herbalism is not a licensed profession in the United States.
The American Herbalists Guild is our governing body, and the Registered Herbalist designation through the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), also called the RH, AHG, is the way to measure and enforce a standard of training and skill of clinical herbalists.
In addition to a minimum of 2 years of comprehensive herbal education, an herbalist is required to have 400 hours of clinical practice and knowledge of 200 medicinal plants.
The Registered Herbalist designation ensures clients that their practitioner has a very high level of training and knowledge in the herbal field.
You can find requirements for this designation here:
How can I take herbs?
There are several ways to take herbal formulas, but most often
herbal medicine is taken by tincture or capsules.
Tinctures are alcohol or glycerine based herbal extractions and are
made similarly to the vanilla extract in your pantry. A single
herb, or several herbs together, are soaked in 40% or higher
alcohol, usually for a month. The active compounds of the herb(s)
are pulled out into the alcohol. Tinctures are taken by mouth and
are a quick and effective way to take formulas.
that you get from me will be filled with a formula of mixed
granules. The process to create the capsules begins by making
a very strong tea (using water to extract the properties instead of
alcohol in a tincture preparation) which is then dehydrated,
powdered, and finally put into vegetarian capsules.
AutumnTide Herbals uses both classical Chinese formulas from
Evergreen or KPC (two trusted herb companies), or Barbara blends a
custom made granule formula on-site. Sometimes classical formulas
are a great fit for clients, and other times a custom formula is a