Gifts of the Ages Healing
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DISCLAIMER: Practitioners at Gifts of the Ages Healing do not diagnose illnesses or prescribe treatments. All participation is at client's discretion and own risk. Seek medical advise for diagnosis and/or treatment for known illness and in any emergency situation.
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Herbal medicine, also called herbalism, botanical medicine, or phytomedicine, is a modality that is based on the use of a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, flowers, or plant extracts that may be eaten or applied to the skin, for therapeutic purposes. Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is a medically therapeutic practice made exclusively from plants. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside conventional, or "western" medicine. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and to assist bodily functions.
Use of herbs medicinally is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control, along with advances in clinical research, show the value of herbal medicine in
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treating and preventing disease Herbal medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific investigation which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant. Many modern pharmaceuticals have been modeled on, or derived from chemicals found in plants. One example is the heart medication digoxin derived from the plant foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). While herbal medicine is not a licensed profession in the United States, herbal remedies in the form of extracts, tinctures, capsules and tablets as well as teas may be recommended by wellness practitioners of many different disciplines as a practical way to address a wide variety of medical conditions. Herbal medicine has been used to treat or alleviate virtually every possible medical condition.
Practitioners often use herbs together because the combination can be more effective. Herbalists must take many factors into account when recommending herbs, including the species and variety of the plant, the plant's habitat, how it was stored and processed, the client's condition, and standard medicines the client may be taking. There are many different "types" of herbal medicine that spring from different cultures around the world. All these have the use of medicinal plants in common, but they vary in the plants they use, the way they prepare and use medicines from these plants, and the philosophy of their treatment approaches. Different cultures may also use the same plants but differ in how it is used, or the part they use. Herbal medicine crosses the line between foods and medicines – a line that, in many cultures, was never drawn in the first place. Using herbs and spices that have disease-preventive effect in foods is one of the best ways to take advantage of their healing power. For example, it appears that the daily use of the spice turmeric in curry dishes is one reason elderly people in India have one of the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease in the world.
Herbal medicine is used to treat many conditions, such as allergies, asthma, eczema, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and cancer, among others. Many herbal practitioners will not diagnose illness/medical conditions or dispense herbs to clients. Often the proper herbal remedies (types of herbs, amounts, frequency to use, method to take/apply, etc.) are recommended to a client following a consultation which is totally on the client's disclosure of information regarding their condition and what treatments, if any, they are currently utilizing. It is best to take herbal supplements under the guidance of a trained provider as some herbal medicines can potentially interact with prescription medications, and may worsen certain medical conditions. Be sure to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any herbs. BE SURE TO CONSULT WITH A MEDICAL DOCTOR TO DIAGNOSE ANY ILLNESS/CONDITION YOU MAY HAVE.
How long does a Herbal Consultation session take?
When scheduling an Herbal Consultation session you will be asked to allow 30 minutes. Sometimes you may need 45 minutes, if there is a lot to cover. Only guidance and information will be given - WE DO NOT DIAGNOSE ILLNESS - WE DO NOT PRESCRIBE TREATMENT PLANS OR REMEDIES. Herbs and other items discussed, in the session, can be obtained from a variety of sources either local or via internet.
Do I need to change into any special clothing or disrobe for the session?
No. You stay in whatever you wear to the session - it is suggested that you wear something very comfortable to you.
What can I expect to happen during my session?
A practitioner will discuss with you the reason for your session and consult with you to develop a personalized plan utilizing possible herbs and formulas best suited to your circumstances. Handouts and reference materials may be provided to you to assist you in your use of herb/herbal preparations, as part of your overall wellness plan.
Can I bring someone with me?
You may bring an adult with you as long as you are comfortable speaking about your wellness, in their presence. Generally, the session includes the client and practitioner. Children are not allowed in the session nor are they to be left waiting for you as they can become a distraction to the client.
Is there an age requirement?
You must be 18 years of age in order to participate in a Herbal Consultation session. We do occasionally have children as clients, but the child does not need to be present as any consultation will be between the practitioner and parent/guardian. Any sessions involving children are on a case-by-case basis.
Is the session confidential?
Absolutely. That is why having someone else in the session room other than practitioner is up to the client. We place our highest priority on confidentiality for all of our clients participating in any of our offered therapies.
Can Herbal Consultation sessions be offered remotely?
YES! Herbal Consultation sessions can be done via Skype, video calls or voice calls, although Skype or video calls are preferred. These can be done via tablet, PC or phone - whichever works best for you. It should be noted that in order to get the most from a Herbal Consultation session it is preferred that we hold the session in person. Details regarding this can be discussed when you call to set up an appointment.
How much does a Herbal Consultation session cost and is it covered by insurance?
One Meditation Visualization session is $45.00 for a 30-minute session. Each additional 15 minutes is at a $15 rate. A booking fee of $25.00 is due at time of scheduling via PayPal or other pre-approved method. Remainder of payment is due at time of session. If you must cancel your appointment, we request a minimum of 24 hours notice. Last minute cancellations and no-shows will forfeit booking fee. At this time, Herbal Consultation is not covered under medical insurance plans. We do offer a variety of therapy packages at varied prices and payment plans. See our page for more information.