Does this sound like your skin: pimples on your face, maybe even your back and chest? Has it progressed and become more serious with pustules, cysts and scaring?
Herbal medicines do the exact opposite, they aim to resolve the root cause. In doing so, the issue AND the related symptoms disappear. This results in skin stability and thus, lasting change. To accomplish this, herbal formulas address all the contributing factors that affect your skin, such as: your basic constitution, environment, lifestyle, diet, and psychological well-being. Every formula is customized to work with your unique skin presentation.
That’s why your Amethyst herbalist will spend time, upfront, asking a lot of questions about your health history and lifestyle. Once we determine all the elements of your skin’s story, we then choose ingredients that will solve YOUR combination of issues. As your skin condition evolves during the healing process, your herbal formula will change to address what your skin needs at each phase of healing.
Since we strive for lasting change, the number of appointments will depend upon what needs to change in you, internally. Typically, after the initial intake, we see patients every 2 weeks. This way, we can 1) monitor how your skin (and body) is responding to the herbal formula and 2) determine if your herbal formula needs revising to continue the healing process.
As a rule of thumb, acute conditions typically resolve more quickly (a few weeks) while longstanding chronic issues will probably need more time (months). When we first begin treatment, sometimes it takes a few weeks to find the right combination of ingredients that work for your constitution and presentation since all formulas are customized and no two are alike. Once we find that right combination and you are taking your herbal formula consistently as directed, you should see changes and improvement with each subsequent week of herbal formula treatment. There are likely to be changes and tweaks to your formula as the condition resolves and your skin needs different ingredients to continue healing. Be prepared to work with your practitioner as a team throughout the process. Communication will be your skin’s best friend!
INTERNAL LIQUID FORMULA: These herbs are prepared and placed in vacuum-packed individual dosages that look like (large) soy sauce packets from a Chinese restaurant. Patients typically take 2 vacuum packs per day.
TOPICAL HERBAL FORMULAS will be recommended to treat the skin from both the inside and out. These herbal formulas can come in the form of oils or cremes and are applied 3-6x’s/daily as necessary.
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During your first appointment, we will review your completed New Patient forms to better understand all the contributing factors to your skin condition. The practitioner will examine and take pictures of your skin, develop a treatment plan, prescribe a customized herbal formula, and set up a check-up appointment.
During each check-up appointment, the practitioner will re-examine and take new pictures of your skin to determine progress. As your skin evolves, your herbal formula will be adjusted to promote continued healing. Therefore, expect to see the practitioner every 2-3 weeks until your skin resolves.
Herbal formula costs are in addition to the appointment costs. Once your skin has stabilized and healed completely, you should not have to take herbal formulas any further. Read our guide on the costs of herbs for TCM dermatology.
Please note: Insurance does not currently recognize herbal medicine. However, many companies will allow patients to use flexible spending/health spending accounts to cover herbal appointment and formula charges. Herbal formulas may be subject to shipping costs and taxes.