What is naturopathic?

A revolution is taking place in health care. At the front of this revolution is naturopathic medicine, a system that focuses on promoting and maintaining health and wellness by the use of natural means and without the use of toxic therapies. Naturopathic doctors are trained specialists in a healing art, which uses non-invasive natural medicine. They are not medical doctors (M.D.s). Naturopathy is based on a belief in the body's natural ability to heal itself when given an appropriate internal and external healing environment. Naturopaths are not involved in the practice of medicine and do not use drugs or pharmaceuticals, nor do they perform abortions or surgery. They have traditionally been referred to as "drugless doctors." In reality, naturopathy deals with wellness and relief from conditions, which are the result of stress whether from mental, nutritional, environmental or physical factors.


Naturopathy: A brief history

Dr. Benedict Lust founded the American School of Naturopathy in New York City and graduated in its first class in 1902. A number of other schools were organized and by the 1930s there were more than 20 naturopathic colleges and over 10,000 practitioners. The allopathic medical schools, which had the backing of the pharmaceutical industry flourished with large endowments and the political clout, which comes with wealth. Due to lack of funding, naturopathic education began to decline and only recently has the disenchantment with pharmaceutically trained doctors led people to once again begin exploring and embracing the natural, simple, effective remedies found in naturopathy.



What is a naturopathic doctor?

A naturopathic doctor (N.D.) is a primary health care practitioner who is trained in not just treating the symptoms, but also addressing the fundamental causes of one’s illness. As with a conventional medical doctor, a naturopathic doctor is a state licensed practitioner. A naturopathic doctor can either be a specialist or generalist, and is seen for achieving maximum health or diagnosing and treating chronic and acute conditions.


How is a naturopathic doctor educated?

A licensed naturopathic doctor attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in the same basic sciences as conventional medical doctors. In addition to the standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete training in clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, counseling, hydrotherapy, minor office procedures and pharmacology. A naturopathic doctor must pass rigorous professional board exams in order to be licensed as a primary care general practice doctor, and must complete continuing education credits each year.


What should I expect at the first visit?

The initial visit is 60 to 90 minutes long and includes a thorough medical history, a physical examination, and naturopathic medical assessment. Follow-up visits are usually 60 minutes long.


What services do we offer?

We provide medical care ranging from annual exams and well-child visits to treatment for acute conditions and ongoing chronic illnesses. We are focused on preventative medicine and strive to give the most complete care possible. We use a variety of laboratory testing facilities, and can collect most of the required samples in our office.


Are naturopathic doctors covered by insurance?

A number of insurance companies cover naturopathic services and laboratory fees as well as home births. Please contact your insurance provider to determine if they cover naturopathic medicine and midwifery services. We would be happy to provide you with an invoice from our office to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Because we are a small office we do not bill insurance companies, and request payment at the time of service.