We’re all a bit different. For instance, a bellyache may mean one thing in one person and something completely different in another? And when your health isn’t optimal your body will express itself in a variety of ways.
Doesn’t that make life so much more interesting? This also means that you won’t necessarily respond to the same herbal formulas or diets the same way that your best friend or neighbor would. There are a multitude of herbs that could be chosen for a given health issue, but not all are appropriate for you. Buying a “kitchen sink” formula for digestive health at your local market may or may not be helpful. For instance, many such formulas contain Peppermint, a wonderful herb for bloating, gas and intestinal spasm. But, if your problem is acid reflux, you’d be screwed: Peppermint will worsen heartburn.
Another reason herb formulas work best when they are custom is that similar symptoms may actually have a different root cause. Digestive pain and bloating may be caused by weak digestion, microbial imbalances, irritable bowel syndrome and/or leaky gut. While providing symptomatic support is important, it’s also important to get to root causes. The store-bought kitchen sink formulas may provide some relief, but they may not dig deep enough to pull out the roots to prevent future belly upset. More tailored herbal blends can act simultaneously on symptoms and the root cause of that symptom.
But what if you don’t have the time or money to see a practitioner and you don’t have access to an herbalist? My Custom Herbs was started to address this very issue. More than a few friends and friends-of-friends couldn’t figure out what was wrong with their gut. They were overwhelmed by the amount of information and choices on the market. The solution: A trained eye of someone who has a decade of clinical experience and tends to ask a bunch of questions.
In the end, health is personal. Finding the right formula and getting to the root of any issue, takes some experience and questioning. Your body will continue to change, and your health will be discovered in layers. We hope to support you along that process, making herbs part of everyday life and optimal health, as they are and have been for a millennium.
We decided to make it simple, to take away the symptom searching and put together a comprehensive model that draws upon years of clinical experience. We wanted to take a big leap beyond kitchen sink health food store formulas towards more focused herbal support. We’re starting out with the gut, because digestive health and our microbiome are the foundations to the health of everything else in the body. But this custom concept applies to the rest of the body: The endocrine system, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, etc.
A custom formula:
•Works on the symptom level and the root cause to protect against future upsets
•Is less likely to have unwanted effects
•Avoids irrelevant herbs in a blend that aren’t helpful or may even be counterproductive
•Is based on years of clinical experience and research