What are the typical costs of the first round of herbs?
This will vary but expect to spend $150-$300 on your first round of herbs and supplements. If your diet and health are very poor and they are not taking ANY supplementation, I also like to add in more nutrition in addition to medicinal herbs. So on the higher end it can cost around $300 but we can go at the pace of your budget. I also offer very reasonably priced monthly memberships.
How long until I see results?
This will vary from person to person but I have found that once we have you on the CORRECT PROTOCOL you should start to see relief within a couple of weeks. Typically a full 90 days of visits and supplements is the average for you to notice significant improvement - but this depends on the person. I am practicing "natural healing" here but it is still a practice and therefore will take refining and tuning to get you on the right protocol. With the use of great tools like the Zyto, DermaGrid Software and blood tests, I am typically able to get you on the right course rather quickly however some cases are more stubborn than others! The key is to keep in contact, and keep doing your follow ups. Also when more stubborn cases are accompanied by a strict diet - it will be up to you at home to adhere to the protocol in order for healing to take place. This process is all about patience and ongoing communication. An accurate window is 90 days to 2 years. If you have been on a lot of antibiotics, taken Acutane and are eating foods that have injured your gut, this will surely lengthen your journey to heal. True healing in the body takes time and patience. Before you begin this process please make sure you are able to be committed to following up on a monthly basis.
What if I already have had an allergy test or a hormone panel from my Doctor?
Great! I am happy to work with existing test results as long as the tests have taken place within 90 days OR if they took place AFTER your symptoms began.
What is the advantage of healing with herbs vs prescriptions?
Prescription drugs are man-made "dead" medicine - they hold no life or energy signature. They cause a chemical change in your body that suppresses your symptoms but does not heal the root imbalance or issue. Medicinal plants are living gifts from nature. Their life force works naturally with your body to help your body actually repair the damage - this is true healing. Our bodies are capable of healing themselves if they are given the right nutrients, tools and are not over-bombarded with toxins. This is the naturopathic approach, to look at the body as a whole and to bring the entire system back into balance, therefore eliminating the symptom.
If my hormones are not balanced, can I just get hormones or birth control from my Doctor?
It is your choice and your choice alone weather you want to embark on a natural or conventional/western approach to your health and skin. I am here to help provide you with alternative options and help find the root cause. Giving your body lab-made or bio-identical hormones or using prescription drugs (such as birth control) to regulate your hormones may be a solution for you, and may also have dangerous side effects. You should speak to your doctor about conventional hormone regulation if this interests you. What I offer is the opportunity to help your body heal itself so that it may do its job properly on its own - in this case that would mean producing the correct balance of hormones and keeping them regulated in a healthy fashion. It is a longer journey to do this the natural way as true healing takes time in the body. If your body is given the proper tools, it can fix itself. We all have a doctor inside us that will thrive in the right conditions. I have also found with the skin that just balancing the hormones is not the only step, but working with the diet and other skin nutrition is very important. These elements are incorporated into natural medicine and not typically fully understood or practiced by western physicians.
What if I have other health or medical issues that I need help with?
Although I specialize in skin, I am here to help you with any ailment, disease or dysfunction. Because natural practitioners view the body as a whole, bringing your system back into balance is my main focus. This means that all symptoms can be addressed and I have healing protocols and herbs for most health issues. I have over 500 herbal remedies, cleanses and formulas at my fingertips along with a dynamic series of tests and natural therapies to help you get well!
What about physical skincare services, do I need them too?
This will depend on what skin issues you're dealing with. Typically with acne I would recommend a monthly, organic/natural facial complete with extractions and a blue LED therapy session. Microdermabrasion is also beneficial for acne and once you're healed, if you have scars I have several therapies that can help reduce the appearance of your scars as well. If you are out of the area I will provide a protocol for you and help point you in the direction to find a trustworthy practitioner near you.
What types of skincare products should I be using?
It is my personal philosophy to only use non-toxic products on the skin. I have a combination of Certified Organic and medical grade products that are more active - your product regimen will depend on your skin type and goals. Absolutely none of the products that I use will strip your skin like many conventional "acne" products. If you are a distance client I will ship products directly to you. If you are a local client, please take advantage of my private shopping service where I hand select products for your skin as well as teach you how to use them at home. Or look into my memberships that include skincare products.
Am I required to download a program for the virtual consultations?
Nope, you will simply login to my online portal so all you need is access to the internet and a computer with a camera. However, if you prefer to just do a phone consultation that is absolutely fine and much easier if you're are not as tech savvy.
Why do you use LED in all of your esthethic services?
LED light energy is absorbed into the skin and utilized by the cells to encourage various actions - depending on the color of the light. For example, Blue Light LED has been found to kill bacteria and safely sanitize the skin and is therefore great for acne especially after a facial where the pores have been extracted. Red on the other hand, encourages the skin to produce collagen and elastin and is therefore a great tool for anti-aging and rejuvenation. Yellow is great for sunburns and helps the skin to rejuvenate - and combing colors is also possible (for example using both blue and red = purple and will have the benefits of both colors). I utilize the LED in my practice to enhance the services and help the products that I use to absorb deeply into the skin.