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Frequently Asked Questions
"What happens during an initial
Clinic Visit with Katolen Yardley, MNIMH ?"
The initial visit is 90 minutes, prior to which, the patient
completes an extensive
intake form. In the consultation the intake form is
reviewed and further information is elicited as necessary.
We will discuss current health concerns, past medical history,
family health, nutrition, exercise habits, lifestyle, how
to minimize external stressors, promote emotional well-being
and enhance your state of mind.
Allergy tests, heavy metal hair analysis, and saliva hormone panel testing can be ordered to obtain additional information about your unique symptom picture and both monitor and track your progress in reaching your health goals.
"What are the benefits of an
- Identify common lifestyle, environmental and nutritional
habits which contribute to ill health.
- Acquire the skills and knowledge to improve your health
- While focusing primarily on your main health concern,
preventative medicine can reduce the risk of future health
problems and genetic conditions.
- Herbs can cleanse and detoxify, improve immune system
function, enhance digestion, reduce fatigue, improve endurance
and balance hormones.
- Herbal medicine can be used safely for chronic conditions
and are also strong enough to address acute, immediate illness.
In fact, herbs can be used to treat almost any condition
you would visit a doctor for.
"What health conditions can Herbal Medicine address?"
- Conditions that respond well to herbal remedies include:
- Stress related conditions, lack of energy, anxiety, insomnia, depression, headaches, shingles
- Respiratory problems, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, immune system dis-orders
- Skin complaints: acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes
- Digestive imbalances: ulcers, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome
- Menstrual and hormone related issues: menopause symptoms, hot flushes, cramping, infertility, fibroids, endometriosis, PMS, irregular cycles, emotional fluctuations
- Common childhood illnesses
- Adrenal health, post traumatic stress disorder
- Urinary tract infections, water retention, gout, kidney stones
- Cleansing and detoxification, lymphatic support
- Arthritis, inflammation, pain management
- Heart problems, hypertension, circulatory issues, varicose veins
- Immune system support: allergies, sinus infection, candida, viruses and bacterial infection
- Auto immune disorders
- Chronic and acute illness
"What is my role in the health
- To believe in your ability to influence the outcome of
- To believe that my recommendations have your best interest
- To realize that your health is your responsibility.
- To be disciplined and consistent with making the recommended
- To have patience to achieve your goals using herbal medicine.
"What types of medicine are used
during the consultation?"
Through utilizing lifestyle assessment and dietary counseling,
botanical (plant) medicine, nutritional supplements and
Bach Flower Remedies; a personalized health program is created;
tailored to your specific health problems and goals. Custom blended herbal tinctures and teas are formulated specifically for your unique symptoms and health picture.
"What should I expect in a follow
Follow up visits are 30 minutes and are usually held every
4-6 weeks. In these sessions we will evaluate the progress
of treatment, discuss any problems or concerns that have
arisen and review the treatment protocols. Periodic follow
up visits are important to revise the program as the symptom
"How many follow up visits are
Depending upon the severity of the health concern, generally
4-6 visits are required to monitor the condition, establish
lifestyle changes, continue to build on your initial program as your symptom picture changes and make periodic adjustments to the
program to minimize the likelihood of recurrence of a disorder.
Do not make the mistake of stopping the program too soon
–herbs take longer to work than the instant quick
fixes that we have become so accustomed too in our society.
Although everyone responds differently to a program, a very
general rule of thumb for a timeline is a month of treatment
for every year the condition has been present.
"Will extended health care cover
the costs of a clinic visit?"
YES, some reimbursement is offered under MOST extended health care policies and insurance policies. For those with
extended medical coverage, I recommend that you check with your extended medical coverage provider, as many private companies now accept complimentary health care consultations and/or services. Or keep your
receipts and try to claim them under your income tax –some people have been
fortunate to receive reimbursements. If you are self
employed you may be able to write off the consultation and supplements –ask your
"Can herbal medicine be combined
with prescription medicine from my medical doctor?"
Generally yes, although it is imperative to communicate
to both your Medical Herbalist and your Medical Doctor the
fact you are using complimentary medicine. As body functioning
and symptoms improve, it is important to monitor the use
of pharmaceutical drugs, as the strength and dose of the
pharmaceutical medication may need to be adjusted by your
- Herbs can be used as the first choice of dis-ease treatment
and herbal medicines consistently have fewer side effects
than prescription medication while supporting the bodies’
capacity to heal itself.
- Herbs, when monitored, can be used in conjunction with
prescription medication resulting in a lower dosage of medication
- Herbs can reduce the side effects from prescription medicine.
- Herbal medicine can be used to wean the body off potentially
addictive medications and can be used as an alternative
to many habit-forming medications.
"What happens if I run out of
If you are between appointments, I am happy to send medicines by mail, or you can pre-order and pick
up the items you require during a follow up visit. For individuals living
out of town or for clients who are immobile, you may view and order many products from our online market.
"Is Herbal Medicine regulated?"
There are several professional governing bodies for herbal
medicine although in Canada, there are no provincial laws
governing herbal practitioners. The National Institute of
Medical Herbalists is one of the oldest most respected bodies
of Medical Herbalists, established in 1864 and has worldwide
Another governing body is the American Herbalists Guild;
both organizations have high standards for professional
membership and are self-governing bodies. When looking for
a herbalist remember to look for the designation of Medical
Herbalist, Clinical Herbalist (ClH), Member of the National
Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) or American Herbalists
Guild (AHG) after a clinicians name to ensure extensive
training in botanicals, therapeutics and medicine.
There are numerous educational facilities offering Bachelor
of Science and Master of Science Degree programs in herbal
medicine, further expanding the current knowledge and understanding
of plant medicine.