- Our new
Herbalist---Meet Carlos Guerra.
Carlos possesses a unique and distinguished
career background in research, education and
the practice of alternative, complimentary,
and preventative medicine.
He comes from a long line of holistic
practitioners. His great-grandmother and
grandmother were practicing Afro-Cuban
herbal healers. His mother, a dental
surgeon, and his aunt a pharmacist and
practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine
and Ayurvedic remedies.
He attended both the University of New
Mexico at Taos, NM and the College of Human
Services in NY; and has, through his many
accomplishments obtained endorsement as
Masters in Addiction Counseling from the
National Association of Forensic Counselors,
and a past task-force member of the American
Association of Marriage and Family
Therapists. He is also a Certified Criminal
Justice Specialist, a member of the American
Association of Christian Counselors and
pending member of the American Holistic
Nurses' Association, the American Herbalist
Guild, the Canadian Natural Center for
Homeopathy, and the American Holistic
Veterinary Medical Association.
He is an Honorary Alumnus of
Alderson-Broaddus College, and has served as
lecturer, consultant and project developer
to the University of Charleston, the
Appalachian Educational Lab, as well as
occupying the position of private research
assistant, advisor and nurse to the late Dr.
Paul Bigelow Sears, Ph.D., former chair
School of Botany, Notre Dame University.
His vast clinical experience extends as
well to the field of mental health. As
Director and Founder of V.I.D.A. (Viable
Innovative Drug Alternatives), clinician at
the Narcotic Abuse Treatment Program in
California and Administrator for Family
Services in West Virginia, he is endowed
with a perception into human nature seldom
seen in practitioners this day and age.
Carlos, founder and owner of
Synchronicity, a Traditional
Oriental Herbal Medicine consulting firm,
and Herbs Unlimited, a
retail herbal enterprise, is in addition to
his private practice, offering his extensive
knowledge and experience as lecturer and
consultant to academic and health care
institutions, medical practitioners, and
And for those that need initials after a name,
Carlos is a MAc,MFT,CCJS
individualized evaluation and a personalized
from our Herbalist Carlos Guerra
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Undoubtedly, if you have traveled to these pages
you have a sincere interest in the many benefits
that herbal medicine can bring into your life.
life-long health care provider, I personally
commend your decision.
Unlike many other websites we are REALLY here to
serve you. That is essentially our function, and
we derive pleasure from knowing that you have
given us the privilege to help and participate
in your lives with you.
three simple questions stand out as primary, and
have been asked of myself and other master
herbalists many times, I hope they will clear
the way for some of you.
may be asking yourself: "Why doesn't my
personal physician know anything about the
benefits of herbal medicine... ?"
Western physicians are trained to cure symptoms.
Alternative remedies and therapies are often not
taught at all in medical schools. To
understand one of the reasons why, we must look
at the influence large pharmaceutical companies
exert on colleges teaching medicine. They
donate computers, organize lectures, overseas
field trips, scholarships, grants, offer
employment, etc., and to top it all, at
graduation they actually advise the graduates
that in essence they do not need to even be
concerned with new developments in medicine,
since their representatives will come around
often with samples of all new medications. The
recent graduate, having to worry about
setting-up a practice, insurance, employees,
patients and overhead, often finds
their offers to hard to resist. By proxy, these
actually influence or even help make the
decision on which medications the doctor is to
employ concerning your health. Of course, since
herbal formulas cannot per se be patented, their
representatives will not be recommending these
or bringing any around.
long must I continue treatment using herbs or
answer to this lies in each individual's
presenting symptoms and imbalance. Most
often than not, the course of treatment using
herbal medicines for a primary disorder is
typically 30 to 90 days, with the later part
used to secure and consolidate the progress
achieved. The determination to continue with
additional courses of therapy will depend on the
degree of relief obtained and the desired end
is the best way to take herbal formulas... ?"
in pills, capsules, powder, or tablet form will
achieve maximum influence after about one hour,
although they will begin having effect after
about 30 minutes. Such effects can be helped by
consuming the herbs in warm water or tea,
by ingesting a small amount of red wine (in
cases where it might be appropriate), or by
consuming a small amount of bland food to
stimulate the digestive system. Extracts or
tinctures are often suggested since they work
better and faster, and the shelf life of pills
or tablets is often unknown.
conclusion, we are here to serve you and your
needs, please feel free to contact us at any
Amanda McQuade Crawford's time is up as our
Herbalist, you can get some of her awesome
talks in tape format at
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