Herbalism for Hijama Clients
Asalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. Herbalism is a wonderful complement to other treatments, and I warmly welcome those receiving hijama cupping therapy. If you are not yet receiving cupping treatment, a list of providers is available through Hijama Nation.
Herbalism is the art and science of plant medicine, the original medicine. As an herbalist, I help people identify patterns of imbalance in their health and support them in empowering themselves to take responsibility for restoring that balance. I consider myself a companion more than a guide. I was trained by Madelon Hope and Tommy Priester in the tradition of North American herbalism, which has roots in indigenous medicine, European folk herbalism, and Galenic medicine. I have also benefited from my modest studies of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and my experiences with Unani healing in Kashmir.
My primary focus is on women's health, and in particular, issues around fertility, pregnancy, and the postpartum, as well as menstrual irregularities, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and other related challenges.
What to Expect
When we arrange an initial consultation, I will ask that you complete a health questionnaire and provide a three-day food journal. During an initial session, I want to hear your story. I will ask questions about your health history and connect the dots between elements that might seem separate, but which I understand as connected: mind and body, for example, or health episodes in childhood that may not seem relevant to today. With your permission, I may reach out to your hijama provider for their unique insight.
I identify specific herbs or combinations of herbs that can assist you in restoring balance to your health. Each plant has a different set of actions, constituents, and even its own personality, and we draw on these allies to address your specific concerns and goals. Though some may be effective in acute situations, more often they take a few months to work on the underlying causes. Our work together will involve support, attention to your body, and patience.
Following an initial session, I will send you a list of herbs to purchase. At this time I am not preparing and shipping formulations, but I will direct you to local businesses or websites that provide organic, ethically-sourced medicines. Once you begin treatment, we will reconnect insh'Allah after three months. At any time, you may send me questions.
Initial consultations are on a sliding scale of $100-$150. Follow up sessions are on a sliding scale of $25-$50 per half hour. All sessions are over Skype, FaceTime, or a similar platform. Please use the contact form to reach out, and specify that you are currently receiving hijama therapy in the notes.
It is my intention to see you as a whole person. In all of my work, I conscientiously reject mechanistic models that treat symptoms instead of underlying causes. And, I recognize that the underlying causes are diverse; a whole picture takes into account one's physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health, as well as seeing a person in relation to other individuals and communities in their lives.
However, often the herbs come last, and there are so many kinds of medicine that I work with. For example, food medicine is a critical component of our work together, and by that I don’t mean that I’m going to force you to impose discipline on your eating. Rather, we’ll take a look at what your eating patterns are, identify areas where we can make realistic changes to support your overall goals, and then take it day by day as you need to make it work for you. We’ll also discuss healthy foods and possible supplements. Other aspects include the quality of rest, stillness, and reflection in your life; movement and exercise; stress management; anxiety and depression; posture; the impacts of trauma; being in nature, and more.