Naturopathic Medicine FAQ's

Naturopathic Medicine FAQ's

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and distinct system of health care that emphasizes the use of prevention and natural therapeutics.  The doctors who practice Naturopathic Medicine, called Naturopathic Physicians (NDs), are trained to serve as primary care general practitioners who are experts in prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of both acute and chronic health conditions.

Naturopathic Medicine is perhaps best described by its six defining principles:

  • First do no harm
  • Healing occurs by way of nature
  • Treat the whole person
  • Treat the cause
  • Prevent disease
  • Doctor as teacher

What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and a Medical Doctor?

Both Medical Doctors and Naturopathic Doctors are trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.  the major difference is that Medical Doctors are trained to treat symptoms, while Naturopathic Doctors are trained to investigate the underlying causes of illness. 

What training does a Naturopathic Doctor have?

Naturopathic Physicians (N.D.'s) are primary care practitioners trained as specialists in Natural Medicine.  They are educated in conventional medical sciences, but are not orthodox medical doctors (Allopathic Phyciaians, or M.D.'s).  A Naturopathic Physician has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical college with admission requirements comparable to those of conventional medical schools.  In addition to the standard medical cirriculum, naturopathic students must do extensive coursework and clinical studyin natural therapeutics. 

How do I know if my doctor is a licensed Naturopathic Physician?

You can check the Board of Naturopathic Examiners verification search engine to verify licensure. 

Do Naturopathic Physicians take insurance?

Yes.  Many insurance companies accept Naturopathic Services.  We recommend that you check with your own individual insurance carrier for eligability and benefits. 

Can Naturopathic Physicians treat most medical conditions?

Yes.  ND's are primary health care practitioners, which means that they can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including both acute and chronic health conditions.  In the event that an ND is unable to treat your condition, they will refer appropriately. 

Can Naturopathic Doctors order labs?

Yes.  Naturopathic doctors can order all blood lab and diagnostic tests, as well as many specialty labs for tests such as allergies, parasites, digestion, Lyme, hormones, and many more. 

What holistic modalities do Naturopathic Doctors have to offer?

Botanical Medicine, Nutritional Counceling, Homeopathic Medicine, Physica
l Medicine (Physiotherapy, Spinal Manipulation, Hydrotherapy, Ultrasound, etc.), Nutritional Supplementation, Natural Hormone Therapy, Injections, Natural Childbirth, Minor Surgery Procedures, Stress Management, and many more. 

What is the difference between Minor and Major Surgery?

Minor Surgery is non-invasive; Major Surgery is invasive to the body cavity.  Some good examples of Minor Surgery are: removal of warts, cysts, moles, lipomas; skin biopsies; ingrown toenails.