How to Talk with your Doctor About Plant-based Medicine
Plant-based medicine is now legal in 33 states, yet many patients still feel hesitant to speak with their physicians about how they can utilize the medicine to treat their specific ailments. In the states that have legalized plant medicine, any patient with a qualifying medical condition is a candidate for a doctor recommendation. If you would like to learn more about qualifying conditions for the state you live in, visit this link. While it is perfectly legal to speak with your doctor about plant-based medicine, it can be a bit nerve wracking to bring it up the first time. So, we’ve laid out some helpful tips for making the most out of the conversation:
Before visiting your doctor, ensure that you have taken some time to really understand your symptoms. For example, if you struggle with chronic back pain, take a week or two to listen to your body and understand when your symptoms are at their worst, at their best and everything in between. Keeping a journal and jotting down quick notes throughout the course of a week can help you to analyze when your symptoms are at their worst, so you can communicate symptoms clearly to your doctor.
In addition, it can be beneficial to do some research about how others have used plant-medicine to treat symptoms similar to yours prior to your visit. There are plenty of resources and studies out there available for you to refer to. It is important to be informed and prepared when speaking with a physician about plant-based medicine — just as it would be when speaking about other types of medications.
Remember, plant-based medicine is real medicine and both parties should always treat it as such.
At the Visit
If you follow along with these tips, you should feel confident and prepared the day of your doctor’s visit. It’s important to be completely transparent with your physician so that both of you can work together to come up with a treatment plan that works best for your specific ailments. Be sure to discuss your medical history with your doctor, especially if you are seeing someone who is not familiar with your conditions. Be open about how you think the medicine can help you and about how you see yourself using the medicine.
There are several different options out there for consuming plant-based medicine — you and your care physician can work together to come up with a few options that may work for you. You can discuss topicals, tinctures, sublingual, edibles and inhalation as possible routes of consumption. In addition, this is a great time to ask your doctor any questions you may have about plant-based medicine in general. Some examples of questions you may want to discuss are as follows:
- How will this interact with the medications I’m currently taking?
- Can I supplement plant-medicine for prescriptions I’m currently taking?
- How often would you recommend that I consume the medicine?
- How should I track the way I feel after consuming?
- What are some side effects that I could possibly experience?
After the Visit
Although plant-medicine is legal in many states and doctors are traditionally the expert, be sure you feel comfortable with the knowledge your primary care doctor possesses about the subject. If you determine you are not happy with your experience, you may consider getting a second opinion from a doctor that specializes in plant-based medicine. These doctors may possess more knowledge and be able to have a more productive conversation with you about incorporating plant medicine into your health care plan.
If you left your appointment to talk with your doctor about plant-based medicine feeling confident and informed about how to treat your conditions, then the next step is to find which products may work best for you. You may ask, “where do I find products that are top rated for my symptoms?’ Well, the Gofire App is a great place to start!
Use the App to search for products in your area that other patients have already tried and reviewed for specific ailments. After you’ve found a product that may work for you, the App will display where that product is located near you, so it’s easy for you to go pick it up.
Finally, it’s important to track the results of your plant-based medicine consumption so that you and your doctor can fine-tune your regimen and get you to a place of relief. Use your personal profile in the Gofire App to track how your medicine made you feel and see snapshots on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to see the progress you’ve made.
Plant-based medicine can be a great tool for many patients to use. It’s important that doctors and their patients work together to come up with a plan that best suits the patients needs so that they can work towards finding relief.