Why see an Herbalist?
For simple everyday ailments, most people can find an easy solution on their own. For more complicated health issues, it is recommended to seek professional attention. So many people are on medications earlier in life, and medical herbalists are trained to know drug-herb interactions and to interface with allopathic medical practitioners.
If you have tried herbs without success on your own, consider seeking advice. In America, herbs are not yet “regulated”. Therefore, what you purchase off the shelf in a store may be a plant part that is not medicinal at all, such as the dried stem of Echinacea rather than a 2-year-old root harvested in the autumn. Plus each plant has an energetic reaction that may be cooling or warming, drying or moistening. And all of them perform at least 20 other actions in our bodies. Understanding the appropriate herbs for individualized support in therapeutic doses is what we are trained to do, among other things.
An herbalist can guide your choices, custom formulate for your specific strengths, weaknesses and constitution, and can lead you to good quality products with effective dosages. When herbs don’t work it is usually because a) the herbs were not fresh or of good quality, b) the dose is not appropriate or c) you are using the wrong herb. An educated herbalist can help effect a positive outcome using herbal medicines.