Judith Cobb answers some of your questions about natural health and holistic practitioners.

Are Herbs Safe?

Though herbs are natural, it doesn’t mean they are all safe for everyone. Allergies, existing health conditions, undiagnosed health conditions, prescription medications, and other special considerations may render certain herbs unsafe or unwise for an individual. It is always best to seek the advice of a trained herbalist – someone who will take the time to complete a thorough case history before making recommendations.

Can children use herbs?

Yes! I started some of my own children on liquid herbs when they were only days old to deal with some specific concerns. It is wise to seek advice from a trained herbalist who has experience working with children’s health.

Are herbs safe to use in pregnancy?

My experience working with fertility and high risk pregnancy proves emphatically that properly chosen herbs ARE safe to use in pregnancy.  It is always best to seek the advice of a trained herbalist – someone who is trained and experienced in working with herbs in pregnancy and who will take time to complete a thorough case history before making recommendations.

How much should I take?

Herbs are not like medications. The amount you take will depend on how pure and potent the preparation is, what other supplements/medications you are taking, and how sensitive your system is. Generally, directions on herbal packages are for a 150 lb adult (unless otherwise stated). A trained herbalist may recommend a preparation and suggest that you take an amount that differs from the package directions to help you get the best result possible.

Can I take herbs if I’m taking medication?

That depends on the medication and the herb. Under the guidance of a herbalist who is familiar with the medications you are using, selected herbs may be safely used alongside prescription medication.

What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritional consultant?

Clients have told me that dieticians tend to be pretty conservative and ‘mainstream’ in their approaches to food counseling. As a nutritional consultant I focus on giving advice to enhance wellness through foods consumed. Foods lay the foundation of wellness, and supplements ‘fill in the gaps.’ Nutritional consultants tend to shun some ‘mainstream’ beliefs like ‘milk is good for you,’ and we usually recommend specific alternatives depending on the needs of the client.

What is a Compass Scan?

A Compass Scan is a way of assessing what the body needs right now. In a scan the client’s hand rests on a sensor that looks like a large computer mouse. The sensor sends impulses to the person’s body and reads the electrical and chemical responses from 76 biochemical markers, then analyzes them. This technology is also used in medicine and has been shown to be 95% accurate in its findings. It takes only 6 – 8 minutes to complete a scan. The result is a graphic showing how many of the 76 markers are ‘out of zone,’ meaning they need support, and a list of supplements (usually 3 – 5 supplements) that would be the most beneficial.

This article is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. It is meant for educational purposes only. Judith Cobb, Cobblestone Health, and Nature’s Sunshine Products accept no responsibility for results you get, whether good or bad, from using this information. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional.

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