About my Practice:
I practice herbal medicine from a western perspective with an emphasis on treating the entire person. I incorporate constitutional analysis (a way to identify imbalances in a persons constitution -- for example whether they run hot or cold or tend to be moist or dry). I also use neoclassical Chinese tongue and pulse diagnostics when visiting with my clients. In doing this, I identify the best way to work with each client in order to bring them to a higher state of health and vitality. I incorporate the use of herbs that span the European, Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese and Native American pharmacopeia.
In addition to working with my client's physical, mental and emotional well-being through the use of herbal medicine, I help support my clients in pursuing their health goals, life goals and passions -- whether that is through dietary and lifestyle recommendations or just by holding space for clients to be heard.
My job as an herbalist is to help my clients reach their health goals and live a life where they don't need to have an herbal formula every day but rather they've made adjustments to their lifestyle and diet so that they don't require a daily formula. And then when clients get knocked out of balance, or get a cold or acute illness we can use herbs to bring them back to that place of center but they aren't reliant on them for the rest of their life.
Being able to make food and medicine for yourself and your family were once a necessary part of being a human. This knowledge has been passed down for millennia and is required for us to thrive in the world. This ability to be self-sufficient is something I like to share with my clients. I know not everyone is interested in learning all the plants and how to turn them into medicine but I do like to share some basic tools and recipes with my clients that can help them get by when they are sick or are having a hard time. Teaching my clients how to do herbal steams, make tea with basic ingredients we can find in most grocery stores and where we can go to find an alternative to OTC pharmaceuticals is something I am very passionate about.
We all deserve to understand how to make ourselves feel better.
What to expect:
Wellness consultations take place in the my office in San Francisco's mission district. Expect a nice cup of herbal tea and a comfortable chair. It is a warm, welcoming and often intriguing place for people new to herbal medicine.
Initial intakes are approximately 2 hours long. Follow-up visits are about 1 hour. I also hold 30 minute visits for $40 for clients who need a quick formula to help with an acute condition.
At our first appointment, I will conduct a fairly extensive intake. We will discuss your health concerns and health history, talk about the food you like to eat and the activities you like to participate in. I also take each clients pulse and look at your tongue to see if there are clues into your health that you might not have known or thought relevant to share.
One of the most profound things about articulating the minute details of your health, is being able to look at your health from a holistic perspective and identify areas that you want to enhance or change. This is a great time to set up intentions and goals -- ones you might not have thought of previously.
Herbal formulas are crafted for clients during this visit for them to take home at the end of the session. Sometimes, if a client has a complicated or extensive illness or are taking many pharmaceuticals, I will create a formula for them after the visit is over to make sure I can account for any thing that comes up and any contraindications with medicine.
- Initial Intake (appx. 2hrs): $100
Follow-Up Consultation (appx. 1 hr): $50
30-minute sick/acute care consultation for returning clients: $40
Refill fee without consultation: $15
I do not turn people away for lack of funds -- please contact me if you would like to come in but cannot afford my full rates and we can come up with a plan.
The office address is 3150 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94110. Unit #242.
I am a complementary and/or alternative health care practitioner, and am not licensed, certified or registered by the state of California. My services do not replace those of a licensed physician or other licensed healthcare provider. I am not trained in the diagnosis or treatment of disease according to the standards of medical science.
My consultations are designed to educate the client on the beneficial effects of herbal medicine, nutrition, diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes. Clients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own health.