Dorothy’s knowledge, caring, intuitive approach and passion for healing is inspiring. Several years ago I began my journey into natural health under Dorothy’s capable guidance. She has treated my entire family including children and pets, bringing resolution to all sorts of health challenges including some that were considered ‘unfixable’ by modern medicine. Dorothy is an impeccable herbalist and teacher of natural health and healing. It is a blessing to have her in the Quinte area.

Melanie Veenstra

How do I know when to take the herbs or formulas in my program?

Where will I get the products or formulas I need?

Will the herbal products interfere with my Allopathic medications?

Can you work with children?

Do you work only with herbals?

What is the usual routine for working with a herbalist long-distance?

What is the usual routine for working with a herbalist at the local clinic?

How many sessions does a client usually require?

What if I have questions or concerns between visits?

Do you ever drop a client?

Are herbs safe?

What about using herbs with children, babies, and pregnant and lactating women?

I am on medication. Can I take herbs?

Do I have to stop taking medication from my doctor?

Do I need my doctor’s permission to take herbs?

Will you work together with my physician?

Are your services covered by OHIP?

Do you offer advice about diet and nutrition?

How much does treatment cost?

Are there conditions that cannot be treated by herbal medicine?

How long will treatment take?

 

 

How do I know when to take the herbs or formulas in my program?

Once a program has been developed for you by our herbalist, a Herbal Recommendation Sheet will be provided to you. This sheet will tell you what to take, how much to take and when to take each formula or product.  An explanation for the target of each product will also be written.

Long-distance clients will receive the Herbal Recommendation Sheet by email.

Clinic clients will be given the sheet at the end of their visit.

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Where will I get the products or formulas I need?

If you are a client from North America, the range of products available is standard. This clinic only promotes the use of high quality, professional grade products that are available from a limited number of companies that we know will produce results.  Suggestions will generally be for specific products from these companies.

For clinic clients, the products are generally available from this office, or if out of stock, will be ordered in for you.

For long-distance clients, the products would likely be available from:

  • local Health Food stores in your area that either carry the required brands and products or that are willing to order these in for you.
  • Our offices. These will be sent to you by mail or courier. Shipping charges are the responsibility of the client and will be added to the invoice at shipping.
  • Drop-shipped from the appropriate company. Shipping charges are the responsibility of the client and will be added to the invoice once we place the drop-ship order for you.

International clients:  We need to work together as a team. You will need to source appropriate products that are available in your country. The herbalist will give you specific requirements based on your health needs, and you will need to research and find matching products.  Before purchasing these, we strongly recommend that you send the brand name and product name to our herbalist, who will look it up to verify if it is appropriate. Dosages may need to be modified depending on what is available.

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Will the herbal products interfere with my Allopathic medications?

Herbs are also medicine. It is your responsibility to

  • make sure your herbalist knows each specific medication you are on from a medical practitioner, when each is taken, the dosages, and what each is for
  • double-check the herbs against your medications with your Pharmacist.

The general rule is that herbs should be taken 2-4 hours away from Allopathic pharmaceuticals.

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Can you work with children?

Yes, through the parents.

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Do you work only with herbals?

Generally, yes. However, the herbs can be delivered into the body as food, powders, teas, tinctures (alcohol base), extracts (glycerin base), capsules, tablets, homeopathic liquids, or homeopathic pellets.

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What is the usual routine for working with a herbalist long-distance?

  1. Once you request a consult and are sure you are ready to commit to our services, you will be sent a Permission Form to sign.
  2. When we receive this back, you will be sent an Adult Intake Form / Pediatric Intake Form, a NutriBody Questionnaire to be filled out online, and a Client Information Form that will allow you to give us more subjective information about you, your nutritional intake, your sleep patterns, etc.
  3. Once we receive these back the herbalist will analyze the results and get in touch with you to set up a Skype appointment. This initial appointment can last 1-1.5 hours.  Given the time differences around the world, this can be a bit tricky, but usually works out once we orientate to the time differential.
  4. This process can take 1-3 weeks depending on the speed with which materials are returned to us. As well, there can sometimes be a “triage” effect whereby a more serious case is handled more quickly, especially if it involves a child.

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What is the usual routine for working with a herbalist at the local clinic?

  1. Once you request a consult and are sure you are ready to commit to our services, you will be sent a Permission Form to sign.
  2. When we receive this back, you will be sent an Adult Intake Form / Pediatric Intake Form, a NutriBody Questionnaire to be filled out online, and a Client Information Form that will allow you to give us more subjective information about you, your nutritional intake, your sleep patterns, etc.
  3. Once we receive these back the herbalist will analyze the results and get in touch with you to set up an office appointment. This initial appointment can last 2-3 hours.  Subsequent visits are generally 1-1.5 hours in length.
  4. This process can take 1-3 weeks depending on the speed with which materials are returned to us. As well, there can sometimes be a “triage” effect whereby a more serious case is handled more quickly, especially if it involves a child.

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How many sessions does a client usually require?

There is no “usual”. Each client’s situation is unique. Some clients may require only a few sessions to get an issue dealt with and get back on track. Others may require a lengthy program that brings the body slowly back to health from a more serious illness.

A client’s commitment to the process and consistency with the program is paramount to success.

Sessions are generally about once a month, but can be shorter or longer depending on the individual’s program.

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What if I have questions or concerns between visits?

Long-distance clients are encouraged to email any questions or concerns immediately.  Responding to these is important to us—we’ll do our best to answer you as soon as possible.

Clinic clients may phone and leave a message if the office is too busy to answer the call immediately. A return call will be made as soon as possible. They can also email the office.

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Do you ever drop a client?

Yes.  It doesn’t happen very often, but working long-distance with clients is time-consuming. If we feel that a client is not fully committed to the process, is not following the program consistently and is therefore not making progress, we will terminate contact.

The same is true for clinic clients.

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Are herbs safe?

Yes, herbs are safe if used appropriately and according to instructions, and with consideration given to your current medications.

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What about using herbs with children, babies, and pregnant and lactating women?

Your herbalist is trained to choose and suggest only herbs and supplements that are appropriate, with great care being required during pregnancy.   Making sure that you share all health-related information is important.

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I am on medication. Can I take herbs?

It depends on the medication and the herb.

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Do I have to stop taking medication from my doctor?

That is not advisable. Correctly chosen and administered herbs will not usually interfere with the prescription drugs. However, as the herbs work and body heals, your prescription medication may need to be reviewed. Therefore, if you are currently on prescription medication, you will also need to consult with your pharmacist and work with your doctor.

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Do I need my doctor’s permission to take herbs?

No, you are free to seek whatever health care wherever you wish. However, it is advisable that you let your doctor know so that he/she and the herbalist can work together

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Will you work together with my physician?

Yes, open communication with your primary health care provider is important.

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Are your services covered by OHIP?

No, but many health care plans now cover treatment by a herbalist. It is recommended that you check with your health insurance provider to make sure that you have the coverage you want.

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Do you offer advice about diet and nutrition?

Yes, if the nutritional needs are basic and secondary to the health concern. However, if your primary need is a focus on diet and nutrition, this office will refer you to a holistic nutritionist so that you can receive optimal advice and assistance with this need.

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How much does treatment cost?

Treatment costs vary according to individual needs and from appointment to appointment depending on what the next step is of a treatment plan. The cost of preparations and supplements is not included in the appointment fee.

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Are there conditions that cannot be treated by herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine can generally help the body to heal itself, but medical intervention is sometimes required. If this is the case, your herbalist will refer you back to your doctor.

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How long will treatment take?

Treatment length depends on the individual and the nature of the condition.  It is generally understood that the longer you have been sick the longer it will take to regain health, so some improvement should occur within 2 to 3 weeks, but significant results may not be felt for 2 to 3 months. It is also important to recognize that attention to diet, exercise, lifestyle and emotional well-being are also essential to achieve optimal results.

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