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Unveiling the History of Plant Medicine

In our journey for healing and well-being we have often turned to the wonders of nature. Plant-based therapy is an age-old practice that has played a crucial role in supporting holistic health and vitality. In this blog we dive into the history of plant medicine, exploring its roots, cultural significance, and long-lasting legacy.

Join us on this enlightening journey as we unravel the significant impact plant medicine has had on human health and the fascinating stories behind its use over the ages.

Cultural Traditions and Ancient Roots

For thousands of years, civilisations around the world have recognised the healing powers of plants. The National Centre for Biotechnology Information states that ancient wisdom from Ayurveda in India and the practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Asian countries showcases the deep understanding of the potential therapeutic properties found in plants.

These rich cultural traditions sought to achieve balance and harmony within the body by using the gifts of the natural world. The knowledge passed down through generations continues to inspire modern plant therapies and the movement for a more holistic approach to wellness.

Sacred Plants and Rituals

In various cultures, certain plants were regarded as sacred and incorporated into rituals and ceremonies. These rituals bridged the gap between the physical and spiritual realms, providing guidance, healing and a deeper connection to the universe.

According to Britannica, plants that are used as alternative medicines today previously held spiritual significance, offering experiences that provided deep insights into the human psyche. The admiration for these plants in ancient rituals emphasises their lasting influence on human culture and well-being.

Wisdom of Traditional Healers and Herbalism

Herbalism is the art of using plants for medicinal purposes and has been an important part of alternative medicine therapies for centuries. The United States Department of Agriculture states that Shamans and wise healers drew upon their extensive knowledge of plant properties to address illnesses and restore balance in the body.

These traditional healers were entrusted with the wisdom of plant-based remedies, often passed down through generations. Their expertise, along with their deep connection to the natural world, made the foundation for herbal healing systems that continue to inspire us today.

Cultural Exchange and Global Impact

As civilisations traded and explored all over the world, the knowledge of plant medicine spread over continents. Ancient trade routes like the Silk Road enabled the exchange of ideas, herbs and healing practices. According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, plants such as ginger, turmeric and ginseng became commodities and were valued for their potential therapeutic properties.

The global impact of plant medicine transcended geographical boundaries while improving the diversity of healing traditions and possible alternative ways for healing and holistic health. 

Plant Medicine Today

Despite the advancement of modern medicine, plant medicine continues to play a vital role in healthcare systems around the world. This is evident in the recent surge in interest in natural and alternative medicine, which has led to a resurgence of plant-based therapies.

As we reconnect with our roots, we have embraced the wisdom of our ancestors with researchers, scientists and healthcare professionals continuing to unravel science and effectiveness of plant medicine, validating its historical significance. This new age of plant therapy holds potential in transforming the healthcare industry even further. 

What we have Learned

The history of plant medicine is an inspiring journey that covers generations and civilisations. From ancient rituals and the sacredness of medicinal plants to the wisdom of traditional healers and the global exchange of healing knowledge, plant medicine has had an enormous impact on health and healing.

As we rediscover the teachings of our ancestors and embrace alternative pathways to wellness, plant-based therapy continues to shape our understanding of holistic health, offering alternative healing options that can support conventional treatments 

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be used as medical advice or a substitute for your own practitioner’s advice, nor is it intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment for any illness/disease. Cannadoc & associated parties are not liable for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of/reliance on information provided.

 

How Does Our Dispensing Time Frame and Process Work?

We often get queries about how long it takes to be contacted by your pharmacy after we’ve written your script. Let us walk you through it.

After your consultation, we endeavour to have your e-script sent to the selected pharmacy that day. Please allow up to five business days to accommodate for busy periods. Scripts must remain at the pharmacy they have been sent to. You’ll be included in the email sent to the pharmacy, so please look out for it.

After this, a representative from the pharmacy will be in contact with you. If more than five business days have passed and you still haven’t heard from your pharmacy, please contact them as your first port of call, as it’s likely they’ve been trying to contact you and are unable to reach you. All repeat scripts will be kept at your pharmacy for your convenience.

Why Choose a Recommended Pharmacy for Your Script?

We work closely with select pharmacies and dispensaries in Melbourne that are familiar with our processes, to make the experience efficient and seamless for you. Your Cannadoc doctor will let you know about these pharmacies at your consultation. Benefits of using a recommended pharmacy include:

  • Easier turnaround times as they’re familiar with plant-based medications and are experienced in the ordering and dispensing process
  • Free express delivery to anywhere in Australia when you order more than one product at a time – ideal if you’re not near the recommended pharmacies
  • No price mark-ups – they honour the recommended retail price which can’t be guaranteed via other pharmacies

What if You Choose to go Through Your Own Pharmacy?

You’re welcome to go through the pharmacy of your choice. Here’s some more information on this process:

  • We’ll email you your script directly. This will incur a $15 administration fee
  • We can’t guarantee that each pharmacy dispenses plant-based medicines, so you’ll need to check with your chosen pharmacy beforehand
  • Possible delays while the pharmacy navigates scheduled medicine regulations
  • Possible delays while they locate a supplier or distributor for the prescribed products
  • Possible delays while the pharmacists undertake dosing and administration education
  • Unknown dispensing and shipping fees – pharmacies have been known to mark up the price of the product due to these extra processes

Have More Questions?

Our friendly team is here to help you anytime during business hours. If you have any enquiries about your script or this process, please contact us – opening hours 9am-6pm.

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be used as medical advice or a substitute for your own practitioner’s advice, nor is it intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment for any illness/disease. Cannadoc & associated parties are not liable for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of/reliance on information provided.

 

The Cannadoc Patient Journey

Are you considering commencing your treatment journey with Cannadoc? The idea of booking a plant-based therapy consultation can be daunting if you’re unsure where to begin and what to expect.

Each alternative medicine clinic operates differently with its own unique processes. At Cannadoc, our team is committed to ensuring our patients receive the highest standards of care right from the beginning. This includes making sure all prospective and current patients are clearly informed, supported and guided every step of the way.

Keep reading to learn what’s involved in the Cannadoc plant-based therapy patient journey.

Eligibility Check

Before you can book an appointment with our clinic, you must determine if you’re eligible. A simple and free process, you can check your eligibility online here or via phone screen with one of our friendly nurses.

If both of the following statements apply to you, you’re likely eligible for an appointment with Cannadoc:

  • You have a chronic medical condition diagnosed by a registered medical practitioner or GP
  • Standard medications and treatments have been unsuccessful in treating symptoms appropriately, or you experience adverse side effects

Book an Appointment

Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible for an appointment with Cannadoc, the next step is booking your initial consultation. All Cannadoc consultations are conducted via Telehealth, enabling you to conveniently connect with our holistic health doctors from the comfort of your own home (or wherever else in Australia you may be).

Understanding that not everyone’s situation is the same, our team is more than happy to facilitate three-way phone consultations between family members and carers. In extenuating circumstances, we can arrange video consultations for our patients.

Initial Consult

We pride ourselves on being thorough and getting to know each patient in detail – we believe in quality, not quantity and – as a result – we don’t rush our appointments. Your initial consultation will take roughly 30 minutes; during this time, your doctor will have a comprehensive discussion with you about your medical condition and symptoms. Your doctor will also explore your medical history and conditions to understand any previous difficulties, for example, previous medications that had intolerable side effects or were ineffective in treating your condition. All consultations with our patients are free of judgement – there are no right or wrong answers. We want you to be as honest as possible so that we can work together to produce the best outcome for you. At conclusion of your initial consultation, you will receive a comprehensive, tailored treatment plan. This will also include information on dosing and guidance on how to reach your therapeutic dose.

At the time of scheduling your initial consultation, we’ll take your payment details for booking purposes. Payment, however, will not be processed until after your appointment has taken place. Please note, no-shows may incur a $50 fee.

Leading up to your initial appointment, there are three documents you need to obtain and complete in advance:

Health Summary

A vital document that will help guide your discussion with your Cannadoc doctor, your health summary provides an overview of your medical record, including any medical conditions, medications (past and present), allergies / adverse reactions and immunisations. Your health summary will enable your Cannadoc doctor to fully comprehend your medical history to best tailor a treatment suited to your requirements for the most optimal outcome. Obtaining your health summary is easy – simply speak to reception at your regular GP clinic and ask them to send a copy directly to you or to our team here at Cannadoc. We recommend acquiring your health summary before booking your initial appointment to avoid any delays.

Registration & Consent Form

All new patients will need to fill out a registration and consent form. If you’re booking your initial consult online, you will be prompted to fill out the registration and consent form as part of the booking process, which can be done here. If you wish to book your initial consult via phone, our team will email you each form to complete.

By filling out our consent form, you can make an informed decision about proceeding with your alternative medicine treatment.

Referral

A referral from your regular GP helps us to better understand your needs. While this is the preferred process, we appreciate that sometimes obtaining a referral can be a barrier to access for many patients. If you’re having difficulty obtaining a referral, please reach out to our team for support.

Plant-Based Therapy Medication Collection

If clinically appropriate, a script will be written for the prescribed medication, which can be emailed directly to yourself and a preferred pharmacy for convenience. While you can have your script sent to your pharmacy of choice, we work closely with select pharmacies and dispensaries that are familiar with our products and carry stock on hand – this ensures minimal wait times and an efficient, seamless experience for our patients.

Upon receiving your script, a representative from the chosen pharmacy / dispensary will be in contact with you to arrange collection. The expected timeframe for collection is up to five business days from the date of your initial consult. It’s important to note that if more than five business days have passed and you still have not heard from your pharmacy, you should contact them as the first port of call, as it’s likely they’ve been unable to reach you. All repeat scripts will be kept at your pharmacy for your convenience.

Follow Up Appointments

All patients are encouraged to book a follow up appointment four to six weeks from their initial appointment. To ensure you are seen within an adequate timeframe and to avoid of running out of medication, we recommend booking your follow-up appointment at the time of your consultation. Alternatively, you can book your next appointment when you reach your last medication bottle. After your four-to-six week follow-up appointment, patients should schedule check-up appointments every three months to discuss and adjust treatment plans (if needed) and obtain repeat scripts. It is worth noting that it is the responsibility of our patients to book and stay up to date with their appointments.

Free Access to Plant-Based Therapy Support

We understand alternative medicine treatments can take some time to grasp, and you may have questions about your treatment and medication outside of your consults. Committed to ensuring all Cannadoc patients receive high-quality, personalised care, our knowledgeable nurses provide free phone support to you during operating hours. For example, you might have a question about side effects or want to gain clarity on whether you should book an appointment to discuss any other matters. Regardless of your query, our team is always happy to provide guidance to you at any stage throughout your holistic health journey.

 

 

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be used as medical advice or a substitute for your own practitioner’s advice, nor is it intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment for any illness/disease. Cannadoc & associated parties are not liable for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of/reliance on information provided.

 

How Do Doctors Recommend Taking Plant-Based Medicine?

Outside of the plant-based medical field, when thinking about plant-based medicines, most people will get an image inspired by television or movies of a person smoking the plant to get “high”. Naturally, this is a turn-off for many patients because, firstly, these films instill negative associations regarding how these people are seen in society and secondly, smoking is bad for you. 

We have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions to help break some common myths and bring to light how alternative medicine is actually prescribed by doctors and used by patients. Below we endeavour to answer these questions in as much detail as possible so that you can feel comfortable and confident before seeking out this treatment. 

How Can You Take Plant-Based Medicine?

As we touched on above, the smoking of plant-based medicine is never advised by doctors. In fact, doctors find great pleasure in successfully converting patients from the use of smoking to vaping; it is referred to as ‘harm minimization’. Smoking, in any form, releases toxic compounds which can damage the lungs and cause uncomfortable side effects such as coughing, sputum and bronchitis.

Instead, there are a variety of alternative ways that plant-based medicine can be used. The two primary methods are: 

Oral 

Most often, patients will receive a prescription for alternative medicines that can be taken orally. Oral solutions come in the form of capsules, oil drops and sprays. 

Vaporisation 

Using a special device called a vaporiser, patients can inhale the vapour from the plant flower to get its effects. Unlike smoking, these devices heat the flower and release the cannabinoids into a vapour that patients simply inhale. This vapour “smoke” is not the result of burning the flower. Thus, it does not release toxic compounds as smoking does. 

Topical creams, patches or gels can also be prescribed. These are for direct application and can have some therapeutic benefits, but they are not so commonly used. 

What is the Most Common Way Doctors Recommend Taking Plant-Based Medicine?

Plant-based therapy doctors work closely with patients to understand their illness or ailments, as well as their medical history and current prescriptions. The means by which doctors recommend patients take alternative medicines will, depend on the clinical indication, as well as the preference of the patient. 

Where possible, doctors want their patients to feel comfortable, both in the effects of the treatment as well as how it is taken. We mentioned above the two most common ways to use plant-based medicines. Below we will look at how these two ways of taking plant-based medicines work on the body to paint a picture of what scenarios may apply to which kind of treatment. 

Oral Treatments

Oral treatments are any kind of plant-based medicine which is taken orally, absorbed in the stomach and slow-releasing. After an oral treatment has been taken, it can take somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes for any effects to be felt and then it has long-lasting therapeutic effects. The peak of the effects can be felt around two to four hours after being taken, and the total length of time where patients can still feel the treatment is up to eight hours. For this reason, many patients commence on a regime of morning and night doses, so as to last throughout the day as well as while they sleep. 

Vaporisation Treatments

Vaporised alternative medicine is absorbed differently from oral treatments. Inhaling vapour bypasses the digestive process, and instead, it is absorbed in the lungs. Because it is not metabolised in the same way through the stomach, it is absorbed much faster in the body, and the effects are felt very soon after use. The effects of vaporisation will typically be felt within 90 seconds and reach the full peak of the effect in just 15 to 30 minutes. The total time effects are felt from vaporisation is between two to four hours. Just as the effects release quickly, they will also pass quickly – when compared to oral treatments. 

How is Plant-Based Therapy Different from Black Market products?

On the surface, some plant-based therapies and black market products seem the same. But that does not mean that recreational/illegal products are a good alternative to prescribed plant-based therapies. They may come from the same plant, but the means by which they are produced can make them very different by the time they reach the hands of the patient.

Both feature the same properties: cannabinoids. These naturally occurring chemicals are what have made it such an important plant in the sphere of plant-based medicine. 

Where things really differ is in how they are produced. The Therapeutic Goods Association regulates medicinal plant-based therapies. They are responsible for overseeing strict guidelines that approved plant-based therapy cultivators have to follow. These cultivators grow the medicinal plants and produce all of the solutions, withdrawing specific compounds to provide regulation approved capsules, sprays, oils, vaporisable flowers and other solutions and doses. 

Black market products, on the other hand, due to its illegal nature, are not grown under any regulations. This means that users rarely know how it is produced. There are many different kinds of plants, all producing different effects, and many growers of illegal poduct will use certain chemicals or growing methods to increase certain effects. This is not a positive alteration, and these growers are not skilled to understand how this impacts users. Furthermore, illegal product is most often sold to users in plant form, where it is expected it will be smoked. Which, as mentioned, can produce adverse reactions and side effects in the body.

Why Smoking Alternative Medicine is Not Recommended

The harmful effects of cigarette smoking are well known in Australia, and as a result, cigarettes have been heavily taxed and regulated. Smoking, in any form, has these extremely harmful side effects. That too goes for plant-based therapies. 

Because of the many therapeutic benefits of alternative holistic health treatments, there is a tendency to forget that smoke in any form – including burning food in your kitchen – releases toxic compounds, irritants and carcinogens that can damage your lungs or worse. Plant-based treatments have significant benefits, but smoking remains harmful. Adding to the potential danger of smoking alternative medicines is how it is inhaled. Unlike when someone smokes a cigarette, plant-based medicine is often inhaled deeper and held for longer. This increases the exposure to tar, toxic compounds, irritants and carcinogens. 

The negative consequences of smoke inhalation mean that no medical doctor would recommend it be used in this way. 

How to Access Plant-Based Therapies in Australia

Since 2016, plant-based medicine has been regulated in Australia, with states all adopting their own controls on how patients can gain access. As of 2021, most states afford access to patients who have not found relief or results through other traditional, conventional lines of treatment. 

Authorised organisations, such as Cannadoc, are then the means through which patients can obtain a legal plant-based medicine prescription. In some cases, GPs may be able to source legal alternative medicines. This applies to those that have gone through the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Special Access Scheme. However, most GPs will simply refer patients to medical professionals that offer plant-based consultations, such as Cannadoc. 

Patients seeking to explore integrated health solutions can do so via two potential paths:

  1. GP referral
  2. Self-referral.

Those who have a General Practitioner can simply request a referral to see a Cannadoc doctor. Patients can even supply our referral form to make the process easy for the GP to submit if they deem the patient to be eligible. 

Those who do not have a regular GP, or do not feel supported by their GP for whatever reason, can complete an eligibility test to check they meet the criteria to be considered as a patient, which will then allow them to self-refer. 

Who is Eligible for Plant-Based Therapies in Australia

There is no black and white answer to this question, unfortunately. Plant-based therapy is a treatment option for patients with which conventional medications have proven unsuccessful. In saying that, there is still criteria that needs to be met in order to be deemed eligible. 

Every case is carefully assessed, full medical histories are completed, and a comprehensive understanding of all existing treatments – medications, vitamins and everything else – is compiled before any recommendations are made. This level of critical assessment is essential to ensure that any treatments are safe and provide optimal results. 

Telehealth & Digitization: Benefitting the Plant-Based Therapy Industry

Just as the alternative medicine industry in Australia gains momentum, the digital revolution within the medical industry has also begun. These two developments have benefitted both patients and doctors alike, and as more and more patients seek information on integrated health solutions, these innovative digital technologies are facilitating this process in so many ways.

If you are a first-time patient, or a patient already receiving a plant-based treatment and want to discover more about the benefits and advantages of a Telehealth consultation, read on to find out more.

What are Telehealth Services for Plant-Based Therapies?

Telehealth services for plant-based therapies enable eligible patients to access alternative medicine treatments in a remote way. The process involves using telecommunication to carry out a diagnosis, prescribe treatment or educate patients about the potential plant-based therapy options available to them. This means if you are unable to visit a plant-based medical clinic in person you can still be attended to by your alternative medicines doctor and have your consultations from home.

Telehealth services for integrated health solutions are usually carried out through a phone call or an online meeting via the internet. Although the preferred way to have your Telehealth consultation is via videoconferencing, whichever method you select, you will speak to a doctor who will advise you on the potential plant-based therapy options available for your specific health condition.

There are various Telehealth service companies available, which facilitate the process of being attended to by a holistic health doctor.

How Can I Access Plant-Based Therapies With a Telehealth Consultation?

Accessing plant-based therapies via Telehealth is usually done through referral. Patients are only eligible if they have been approved for this treatment by a medical practitioner. Your doctor will refer you to a holistic health doctor and, once you have received access, your plant-based therapy clinic can arrange consultations either face-to-face, via videoconference, over the phone or by Telehealth. This will even include selecting a local pharmacy to enable easy access to your medicines.

How Does Telehealth Help Patients Seeking Plant-Based Therapy Treatments?

Using Telehealth services is beneficial in many ways. Not only can those who live in remote locations benefit from being able to easily attend their consultations, it is also cost-effective and convenient, eliminating the need to travel great distances on a regular basis for many patients.

Telehealth services also enable patients to access holistic health treatments even if they have physiological difficulties or problems moving around. This means, even if you are physically impaired, you can attend your consultations without any complications.

The advantages of Telehealth also include the fact that alternative medicine prescriptions are easier to access. This means repeat prescriptions can be easily issued without the need to travel to a plant-based therapy clinic or attend your consultation in-person.

Taking all of these benefits together, Telehealth is also a stress-free experience. If you are a first-time patient looking for advice on potential integrated health solutions, the fact that you can attend your consultation from the comfort of your own home is an additional bonus.

How do Telehealth Services Compare to In-Person Appointments?

Telehealth services are different from in-person appointments in that your online doctor cannot assess your physical health or carry out a physical health examination. For this reason, ruling out an in-person consultation altogether should be avoided. This is not to say that Telehealth should never be used, but that in-person appointments are also important as well.

As mentioned, in a similar way to in-person appointments, a holistic health doctor can still prescribe alternative medicines via a Telehealth service. This means, although you shouldn’t neglect to have an in-person consultation with your alternative medicines doctor, each service is similar in terms of receiving your prescriptions.

There is also no need to wait in a doctor’s office beforehand to be seen, which means that plant-based therapy Telehealth services are usually faster than in-person appointments. This is beneficial for those who may work long hours and need to schedule a consultation with a holistic health doctor without losing time.

Although in certain circumstances an in-person visit might be more appropriate, Telehealth is considered particularly useful if your plant-based therapies doctor is familiar with you or already knows your medical history.

How do Costs Compare for In-Person and Telehealth Plant-Based Therapy Consultations?

The costs of Telehealth for plant-based therapy consultations are usually cheaper than an in-person consultation. This is because less money is spent on travelling to your plant-based medical clinic. The initial, comprehensive consultation at cannadoc.com.au, for instance, costs $290 with a referral. There is also a self-referral option that costs $340, which requires a few additional steps such as obtaining medical reports.

Final Thoughts

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the demand for holistic health solutions is steadily increasing, and with more and more patients trying to access alternative medicines, the benefits of Telehealth in this context are numerous. Not only can you cut travel costs and travel time, you can also have your plant-based therapy consultations from the comfort of your home if you are deemed eligible.

People Also Ask

What is the Difference Between Digitisation and Telehealth?

While digitisation encompasses the use of technology to provide appropriate prescriptions to patients, Telehealth usually refers to the telecommunications that practitioners use to provide health care remotely. Telehealth is a wide-ranging term that also includes consultation services, patient education and information given remotely.

 

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be used as medical advice or a substitute for your own practitioner’s advice, nor is it intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment for any illness/disease. Cannadoc & associated parties are not liable for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of/reliance on information provided.

7 Things to Expect During a Plant-Based Therapy Consultation

If you have carried out in-depth research into plant-based therapies you might have noticed that the internet is filled with information. You might have even made the decision that this course of treatment is worth exploring. But one of the most frequent questions asked by patients before they begin plant-based medical treatments in Australia is what they can expect during the consultation process.

There are many things to anticipate before a consultation with a holistic health consultant, and it is important to be prepared, but the most reputable, fully qualified doctors will make the process as simple as possible.

If you are eligible for a consultation and are preparing for one, and feel slightly apprehensive or unsure about what it is likely to consist of, here are 7 things you can expect during a meeting with your plant-based therapy consultant.

1. Expect Paperwork and Applications

paper work

Before your consultation with your plant-based therapy doctor, which can last up to 45 minutes depending on various factors, you will need to first determine that you are eligible, before filling out your registration paperwork and pay an initial cost. The costs charged by a holistic health consultant are for the consultation itself, paperwork fees to bodies like the Department of Health and/or application/s to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for permits to access. (Plant-based medicines are regulated by the TGA.)

2. Prepare for a Discussion on Your Condition

After you have been deemed eligible for treatment, scheduled in your appointment with your holistic health consultant, and completed your registration paperwork, you will have your first consultation. This consultation will be through a telehealth appointment.

The consultation includes discussing your health condition, your symptoms and how the plant-based treatment works. You can expect to give information on your previous medical history with focus on a particular condition. If treatment with alternative medicines is not appropriate, we will let you know and provide other suggestions.

Your integrated heath solutions consultation also includes discussing the previous medications you have taken in the past for the specific condition you would like treated. It also includes a discussion on the medications that you are taking now, which is important as there is the potential for them to interact with the plant-based medication.

3. Expect to Give Your Reasons for Considering Plant-Based Medicines

Part of your consultation will include a discussion on why you have considered taking alternative medications. You might therefore want to prepare to describe the reasons why you have chosen this specific course of treatment. It might be that your previous medication options have had intolerable side effects or that they have been ineffective in treating your condition.

Also, as you are serious about this course of treatment, you should expect to give an outline as to what you expect from plant-based medicine as a treatment. You can expect your holistic health consultant to ask about your expectations. In this case it is important to be prepared to refer to any research you have undertaken and describe the potential benefits of plant-based therapies in relation to your specific condition.

4. You Will Learn About the Different Plant-Based Products

During your consultation with a holistic health doctor, you can also expect to receive the latest, most up to date information on integrated health solutions. Holistic health consultants aim to provide you with a detailed explanation on exactly what plant-based medicine is, in addition to how it is used.

Not only will you gain facts on the risks versus benefits, and the pros and cons of alternative medicines, your holistic health consultants will give you information on the science behind plant-based medicine and the range of products available. This might include the benefits and drawbacks of things like capsules or plant-based oil.

You can also expect to learn about the uses of alternative medicine, potential medical interactions of these medications and how to use them safely.

Plant-based medicines can interact with other medicines, which is why it is essential to inform your plant-based therapy consultant of the medications you are currently taking.

5. You Will Receive a Treatment Plan and a Dosing Guide

plan

As part of your plant-based therapy consultation you will receive a treatment plan, which the nurse or doctor will explain to you in detail. You will also be given information on dosing and be guided through the minimal effective dose. This is important as the minimal effective dose will enable you to continue with your daily life while ensuring that you are getting the best care.

6. Your Consultant Will Discuss the Access Process With You

During your consultation with your plant-based therapy consultant, part of the discussion will include information on the access process.

Access and approval of alternative medicine is usually granted via access schemes such as the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Special Access Scheme. Your holistic health doctor will apply to the TGA to gain approval for the plant-based medical treatments. Expect to receive details about the alternative medicine access process, in addition to the various steps involved.

7. Expect to Receive a Follow Up in Four to Six Weeks for a Review of Your Progress

Your integrated health solutions consultant will also want to follow up with you and review your progress. You can expect to book another appointment in which you can discuss how you are progressing with your plant-based therapy treatments.

In addition to your treatment, you will be able to review the dose of plant-based medication you have been prescribed. Your holistic health consultant will be able to make adjustments to your dosage in line with your progress if required.

 

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be used as medical advice or a substitute for your own practitioner’s advice, nor is it intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment for any illness/disease. Cannadoc & associated parties are not liable for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of/reliance on information provided.