What Are The Advantages of Naturopathic Care?
The Advantages of Naturopathic Care are in treating the underlying causes of any condition, restoring and improving the state of health by using natural remedies, using nutritional and lifestyle management, treating the patient as a whole. Naturopathic Physicians often use a very specialized testing for better understanding of biochemical and other processes in the body and implement treatment designed specifically for every patient. Naturopathic Doctor can easily spend an hour or more with a patient, focusing on every little detail of the patient’s concern.
What kinds of conditions do Naturopathic Doctors treat?
They treat patients with conditions including chronic diseases, autoimmune conditions, pain, acute cases of any nature, women’s conditions, gastrointestinal and respiratory problems, neurological and skin conditions and many others. Preventative and, lately, Anti-Aging Medicine are in the mainstream of Naturopathic Medicine as well.
How do I know if my Naturopathic Doctor is registered (licensed)?
Every Naturopathic Doctor required to be licensed by the Medical Board of Naturopathic Physicians in one or more states. You can call your State’s Board of Naturopathic Physicians and ask about a particular doctor or you can simply check the Board’s website for the name and other information.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No, you do not need a referral to make an appointment. You can call your State’s Naturopathic Medical Association and ask about a list of the doctors in your area.
Can I visit both a Medical Doctor and a Naturopathic Doctor?
Yes. Although Medical Doctors and Naturopathic Doctors are practicing a different philosophy of Medicine and different approach to the patient care they can work together on optimizing and improving the health of many patients.
Can I use Naturopathic Medicine if I'm on prescription medication?
Naturopathic Doctors can co-manage regular pharmaceutical drugs and Naturopathic medicine. ND’s are trained in Pharmacology as well as using other natural remedies and lifestyle modification to heal the existing conditions and to prevent new conditions. In the state of Arizona ND’s have the prescription wrights and can prescribe a medication if a patient needs it or they can co-manage a patient with other medical professional. The goal of Naturopathic Physician is to work in the best interest of a patient.
What's the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor, herbalist, natural therapist, homeopath, a doctor of natural medicine and a health counselor?
Naturopathic Doctor is a trained and licensed professional that graduated a four year Naturopathic Medical school and licensed by the Board of Naturopathic Medicine in one or more of the states of United States. There are only three fully accredited Naturopathic Medical schools in this country: SCNM, NCNM, and Bastyr University. After completing a vigorous training program that includes all basic medical sciences, medical training, and clinical experience, many Naturopathic Doctors work as a Primary Care physicians or choose to specialize in many areas of medicine: Women’s Health, Pain management, Rheumatology, Urology, Endocrinology, and many others. The other practitioners like natural therapist, a health counselor, a doctor of natural medicine, and others, do not go through the same medical training and licensing process and do not have a degree of a Naturopathic Doctor.
Are Naturopathic Doctors covered by Medical Insurance?
Many Medical Insurance Companies cover naturopathic services. You will need to call your medical insurance company directly and ask about the coverage. In our office we do not submit claims with naturopathic services to Medical Insurance Companies but we provide patients with a detailed receipt explaining our services, which they can submit on their own.
Is regular blood work ordered by Naturopathic Doctor covered by Medical Insurance?
Yes. Medical Insurance will cover regular lab tests ordered by any Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Arizona.