Frequently Asked Questions
I feel fine! Are there herbs for me?
In Chinese medicine, the most revered herbs are long-term, more gentle "tonics" that support a lifetime of wellness, rather than a short period of injury or disease. These herbs are often high in minerals and antioxidants, and may encourage longevity, mental clarity, smooth functioning of particular body systems, emotional balance, physical vitality, cleansing, etc. For example, a tonic herb I drink regularly as tea is stinging nettles. Nettles are a rich source of potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. According to naturopathic doctor and herbalist Sharol Tilgner, nettles also support smooth functioning of our digestive, immune, circulatory, nervous, and endocrine systems. Because it may help to eliminate uric acid from the body, it may for arthritic discomfort. Its effects are best felt when used long-term (Tilgner, 2001). When we find a tonic gem that grows like a weed in our own community, like nettles, that's a sustainability bonus. Is there one near you? I guarantee it.
What is a tincture?
A tincture is an extraction of a plant's chemical constituents using alcohol. Many herbalists favor herbal tinctures due to alcohol's excellent preserving properties. Tinctures are a good alternative for those who aren't interested in drinking medicinal tea. Compared to a tea, a tincture can produce a greater number of doses from the same amount of plant material. This is particularly valuable when using a plant that is less abundantly available.
Can I try a Sweet Flag membership for one month, before I commit to six?
Sure! We can complete an initial consultation for the typical cost ($65/$95). If you feel interested in committing to five more consults for a membership, your first payment will go towards the cost of your next member-discounted consult.
Further reading about stinging nettles:
Tilgner, Dr. Sharol. "Spring Greens." Alternatives Magazine. Issue 17. Spring 2001.