Thank you very much for your responses. I really appreciate the feedback as nobody else I know has experienced this before.
I've never seen a naturopath but I am familiar with the concept. I just had to reply because I wanted to say, you should DEFINITELY find out what is in the "herbal mix" before you continue to take it. If you have a reaction or generally don't tolerate it, you will need to know why. Knowing the ingredients is extremely important — you could be taking something that is potentially dangerous or that you don't want to be taking. Another (less important) thing to consider is if you want to take it long term, it's very possible that you could get the active ingredient for much cheaper elsewhere.
If he doesn't want to tell you what he's giving you, I would go to someone else. You have the right to know what you are putting into your body. I remember reading an article where a naturopath in the state I used to live in was arrested for not having a license and the woman he was treating actually died. That is an extreme case and I don't mean to scare you, but if he's acting at all shady I would find someone else.
I'm really sorry that you're struggling, though. Try to stay as positive as you can, even though it's extremely difficult. I hope vitex clears you up and you don't have to deal with it anymore. Accutane is an option but usually with hormonal acne it eventually comes back, which it sounds like you've already experienced. Have you considered spironolactone? I just think that it would be a less extreme route and it works for most with PCOS.
He just kept referring to it as 'the main herbal mix' without elaborating what exactly would go in it and stated that it would be hormonal balance, liver support and something for anxiety. I should of asked there and then what exactly will be in this but I just didn't...I have e-mailed him to ask him to tell me what ingredients it contains and if he doesn't, like you said, this is very shady.
I was doing so well on vitex a couple of months back and then something happened...i am getting back on track now I think but I'm scared maybe in my hope and desperation to get clear as quickly as possible I have maybe gotten in too deep with this naturopathy stuff. The guy seemed pretty legit and he had a good website but I can't find any reviews on him...
yes I've been on roaccutane twice and my acne returned both times i know i shouldn't really go back on it but i just want my life back again just for one year...i know that sounds ridiculous. Spiro has been offered to me as an option by an endocrinologist but I didn't like the sound of it. As an anti-androgen doesn't it have many side effects?
Gracie, i have had lots of experience with naturopaths and holistic people - 3 in fact. None of them helped my acne - not in the least bit. Not to say this person might not help you. I think they basically take a history from you and tailor a regimen for you based on what YOU tell them which might not be necessarily what your body needs. It's a lot of trial and error which can end up being really frustrating when you still have acne or worse, a worsening of acne. It was a nightmare for me as my acne just kept getting worse and worse and the funny thing is that all three prescribed me different supplements of what they thought i needed.
I agree with the above poster that you should know what the mixture is. One holistic person gave me something that i had a bad reaction to as well as some hormonal stuff that my GP said i should not have been taking.
I wouldn't have to much faith in holistic people but by all means, give it at least 3 months.
Accutane is not a cure for hormonal stuff so i agree with the above poster that Spiro might be worth a try
Ah I see....did they always tell you exactly what they were giving you or did you have to ask them what it was? my reason for going to see this guy was because i feel as though i am wasting a lot of money trail and erroring different supplements constantly and i thought seeing someone experienced in this would give me direction and save me money in the long-run. But now I am not so sure.
I'm sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with holistics/naturopaths. are you from the u.k? did you find it easy to find naturopaths?