What is an appointment like?
A first appointment can last 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on complexity of the case and treatment models chosen. Time is spent inquiring of physical, mental, and/or emotional aspects of health and performing any necessary physical exam or lab testing in order to create an individualized plan for the client. A follow-up visit typically lasts 15-60 minutes depending on the case and therapy.
If I am undergoing treatment from an allopathic (conventional) healthcare practitioner, can I still see a naturopathic doctor or chiropractor and visa-versa?
Yes, naturopathic doctors and chiropractors can work with clients to make sure their therapies do not interfere with conventional treatments. They will refer clients to other health providers when warranted and will keep their conventional providers updated on any services they have provided when requested or necessary.
What kinds of payment are accepted?
Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted. We are currently in network with Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO. We are also in network with Medicare, but Medicare only covers chiropractic manipulation.
What therapies are used in naturopathic medicine?
Nutrition, lifestyle/ wellness counseling, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, botanical medicine, naturopathic manipulative therapy, and physical therapeutics are some of the tools used. In some states, naturopathic doctors may prescribe drugs or perform minor surgery on patients.
What is wellness/ lifestyle counseling?
Counseling that addresses the aspects of one’s diet, exercise, sleep, stress handling patterns, and other things that affect the one’s overall health.
What are supplements?
This is a broad term that can include vitamins, minerals, homeopathy, herbal products, and other products meant to boost one’s health and wellbeing.
What is botanical medicine?
It is the use of herbs (plant-based products) to benefit one’s health. It can be in the form of teas, pills, topicals, syrups, and any other way an herb is prepared to be introduced into or onto the body.
What is homeopathy and is it the same as naturopathy?
Homeopathy is the use of ultradilute substances to balance the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of health. It can be derived from plant, animal, mineral, or other materials. Homeopathy does not interact with other supplements and medication and can even be safely used on infants and animals with proper supervision and/or at the direction of a health care provider. These substances are regulated by the FDA. Homeopathy does not mean home therapy and it is not an interchangeable word with naturopathy. Naturopathic doctors learn homeopathy in medical school, but not all specialize in it.
Is it safe to take natural products without talking to my healthcare provider first?
It is always wise to fully disclose all supplements and drugs one is taking even when it seems as though it may not seem to interest or to be understood by the provider. This is to ensure safe treatment for the patient and to help providers better work together.
Do natural products and drugs interact with each other?
Yes, they may interact in minor or major ways. It is important to seek advice from providers who understand pharmacological AND natural products. Oftentimes those who do not know how to check for interactions between them or who have limited resources on the subject may regard the use of natural products as safe or unsafe due to lack of knowledge or research.
What is the difference between the natural products that naturopathic doctors use and what I can buy in the store or online?
Although NDs may use some of the products you may find in a health food store, many products that they use are available to physicians only. This is due to the high quality or high dosage of the products. They avoid the use of products with false ingredient information, high amounts of fillers, impurities, and common allergens. Not all supplements are created equal and many of those carried online and in stores may contain poorly absorbable forms of ingredients, unnatural dyes and coating agents, low-quality ingredients with little or no therapeutic value, substituted ingredients without consumer knowledge, etc.