About Herbalist Mo

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Today, the two main reasons I’m an herbalist are:

1. I want people to have access to the safety and gentleness of herbal care.

2. I prefer the ‘whole person’ approach herbalism offers. Holistic healing allows us to reclaim the ability to be involved in our health care choices by reminding us that food, exercise, relationships, and the countless personal decisions we make every day are the keys to true, lasting health. Herbalism is here when you get out of balance, to remind your body of its innate ability to heal.

Just between us, I never set out to make a career of herbalism. Until a major health event changed my view of the world, culinary spices were the only herbs in my world. It never occurred to me that my kitchen spice rack might be chock full of healthy, natural medicine. That was before a July afternoon visit to the doctor changed everything.

In 2003, I was lying in an oncologist’s exam room, recovering from a needle biopsy. All I could think about was how unfair it was that I was only 40 and facing breast cancer. While I was on the phone crying to my girlfriend, she said, “Why don’t you go see my naturopathic doctor? He’s helped everyone in my family, and he might have some ideas for you.”

A few weeks after my first appointment, my chronic stomach pain and fibromyalgia symptoms were 80% better, a result of the natural supplements he gave me. I maintained my weight through the chemo treatments and never developed an infection or serious side effect.

A few months later, I started seeing a counselor to help me cope with the stress of chemotherapy and radiation. She made what seemed like a strange suggestion at the time – stop eating ‘white foods’. What she meant was eliminate grains that had all the fiber removed (aka processed food) and cut out sugary food as much as I could.

I wondered, “What does food have to do with feeling stressed?” But I followed her instructions anyway (which included a few simple supplements from the health food store), and I went from feeling exhausted nearly all day, every day to having a radically higher energy level in a short 2-3 weeks. I could finally sleep because pain wasn’t a constant part of my day and night anymore. I could say “yes” to ordinary activities that were once too strenuous and exhausting, like gardening and college classes.

Regaining my strength with herbs and diet changes had a profound impact on my choice to become a professional herbalist. I suspected there was something my physicians didn’t understand about health and healing, and it was time for me to find out. I read every book I could find and started looking for work that would let me immerse myself in holistic health knowledge on the job.

That’s how I ended up at a busy, Midwest herbal clinic where I built my practice over 15 years. With dual practices in Omaha and Des Moines, I’m able to serve the health needs of two communities and regularly travel between my two favorite cities.

I love working with my clients, and I’m excited about the opportunity to help you restore balance and find a happier, healthier you!

Herbalist Mo helps women and families live healthier, happier lives through the holistic care of herbalism.

Led by Ramona “Mo” Tortorilla, one of the Midwest’s most experienced herbalists, the practice integrates the wisdom of several global healing traditions, including traditional Chinese herbalism, Ayurvedic herbalism, and western herbalism.

Trained at the East West School of Planetary Herbology and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild since 2008, Mo spends more than 1,000 hours annually listening to and addressing the health concerns of her clients. Her comprehensive approach results in personalized health plans that can be implemented right away to help clients evolve from bad habits, create healthy rhythms, and restore balance.

Herbalist Mo is also a founding partner of Wild Roots People’s Clinic, and a member of Herbalists Without Borders. Wild Roots provides low-cost herbalism visits to Omaha residents each month.

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