Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is the treatment and prevention of disease by natural means. Naturopathic Doctors assess the whole person, taking into consideration physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Gentle, non-invasive techniques are used to stimulate the body’s inherent healing capacity.
Clinical Nutrition is the use of a health- promoting diet to enhance overall vitality and prevent future disease. Dietary adjustments can be effective in alleviating the symptoms of specific medical conditions, and nutritional supplements, such as vitamins, minerals and enzymes are powerful methods of optimizing health.
Herbal Medicine is the use of plant substances from around the world for their powerful healing and nutritional value.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points in the body to harmonize the flow of energy, or ‘Qi’. This helps restore health, and is particularly good for pain management.
Lifestyle Counseling is evaluating the environmental, mental, emotional and physical aspects of one’s life, and making the changes needed to reduce stress, optimize health and enhance well-being.
How can Naturopathic Medicine help you?
Naturopathic medicine offers safe and effective treatments for patients of all ages. With a focus on prevention, these natural treatments are designed for general health promotion and address a broad spectrum of acute and chronic conditions. Some conditions commonly treated include:
* Endometriosis * Fibroids * Ovarian cysts -Irregular menstruation * Infertility- Menopause
* Allergies, Asthma * Arthritis * Eczema, *Psoriasis, *Acne
* Irritable bowel * Thyroid conditions -Cancer prevention and treatment *Headaches/Migraines
* High blood pressure * Fibromyalgia * Anxiety/Depression *Diabetes
PEDIATRIC HEALTH CARE
* Coughs/Colds * Digestive Issues -Nutrition
A non-surgical facial rejuvenation therapy to help prevent signs of aging (including wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots).
What can you expect from your first visit?
Visiting Naturopath is a unique health care experience. All patients are cared for in a thorough and holistic manner. The first visit lasts approximately 90 minutes and consists of an extensive health history intake and a discussion of present health concerns. A physical screening exam may be conducted and relevant laboratory tests may be suggested if necessary. Follow-up visits are usually booked every 4-6 weeks in the beginning in order to assess your progress, and less frequently as you start to feel better and learn how to manage your health. Subsequent sessions last approximately 45 minutes.
Q.Will I have to take lots of pills?
A. There is a great variety of what can be done to help certain conditions. Our Doctors will take into account patients’ likes and dislikes and gives each patient options when they are available. She knows that a treatment program is only as good as it can be followed. Also, she helps the patient understand why each natural medicine is prescribed. Synergy of natural medicines is considered when prescribing a program. This means that recommending certain natural medicines together with other natural medicines, can potentiate the action of each other so that less needs to be prescribed overall, either in dose or in numbers of different medicines
Q. Are supplements included in the cost of the visit?
A. Because every treatment plan is unique for each person, supplements and other therapeutic products are not included in the cost of the visit.
Q. Should I still continue to see my medical doctor even though I am seeing a Naturopathic doctor?
A. Absolutely. We strongly recommend that you continue to remain under the supervision of a medical doctor while undergoing Naturopathic care. Each of your healthcare practitioners have different services to offer and can all be a part of your healthcare team.
Q. Can I continue taking my prescription medications when I am undergoing Naturopathic care?
A. Only your medical doctor can advise you to change or stop using your prescription medications. Naturopathic doctors are educated in pharmacology and will take your current prescriptions into consideration when formulating a treatment plan involving herbs or supplements which can interact with pharmaceutical drugs.
Q. Do I need to be sick in order to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
A. No, you do not need to be ill in order to benefit from a visit from a Naturopathic doctor. A large part of what they do is educate clients about health maintenance, healthy choices and how to prevent illness. You may also find that although there is nothing physically troubling, there may be a mental, emotional or behavioral concern which may be preventing you from living as fully as you would like. These concerns can also be addressed with an ND.
Q.How do I make an appointment?
A. Either by calling us on our Telephone number listed on the website or online by email or by scheduling an appointment.
Q.What do I need to bring to an appointment?
A.At the initial consultation, bring any past records you have that are pertinent to the condition you are seeing our Doctors for. Also, the name and telephone numbers of any physician you have seen in the past is helpful. You may also bring in any supplement, herbal or homeopathic remedy, and/or medication you are currently taking. Once under care, you may bring in any food you want tested to find out if you are sensitive to it or not.
Will I be covered by my Insurance?
Most extended health care packages include full or partial coverage of Naturopathic Medicine by a board-licensed Naturopath. Check your policy, or inquire with your employer or insurance agent to determine your coverage.