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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

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Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that utilizes gentle and non-invasive, yet effective,  methods of treatment to help patients achieve optimal health. The process of making a diagnosis is identical to conventional medicine, but  once the diagnosis is made, the emphasis is on correcting  the underlying cause of disease.  Each patient is unique and the same diagnosis in two patients may have a very different root cause, therefore, the treatment will be different too.The practice of naturopathic medicine is based on six principles

  • First, do no harm (Primum, non nocere)
  • Stimulate the Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
  • Treat the Whole Person- individualized care (Tolle totum)
  • Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
  • Focus on Prevention (Praevenire)

For more information about naturopathic medicine, visit the Institute for Natural Medicine.

Who is a Naturopathic Doctor?

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Naturopathic Doctors receive their training and education at accredited naturopathic medical colleges. They work to diagnose, prevent and treat patients suffering from various chronic diseases. They apply the six principles of naturopathic medicine to stimulating the innate self-healing capacity of the body. They utilize a ‘Therapeutic Order’ in treatment plans such that it provides the maximum benefit to the patient while causing the least amount of side-effects.

Will my insurance cover your services?

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While we do not directly bill insurance companies, we provide Superbills that are used by patients for reimbursement. We encourage you to call your insurance providers and inquire about out-of-network coverage specifics in your plan. Learn more about Superbills here.

If I have to pay out of pocket, what are my options?

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Our programs are designed to be accessible to everyone and payment plans and certain discounts are available. Many of our patients use their HSA and FSA plans for visit fees and supplements, and we are happy to provide the payment receipts and Superbills. If your insurance  plan provides out-of-network coverage, Superbills can be submitted for reimbursement. For labs, with the exception of few specialized tests, most blood tests can be ordered through your in-network providers.

What is a Superbill?

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Insurance companies require a Superbill in order to reimburse you for out-of-network services. This is a document that includes details of the provider, practice and other pertinent information required by insurance providers. Learn more about Superbills here.

Can I continue to see my PCP or other specialists?

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Yes; we encourage patients to continue seeing their other providers as needed. A naturopathic doctor should be an addition to your team of healthcare providers rather than your exclusive providers. NDs often collaborate patients care with other providers in a HIPAA compliant manner.

Are supplements regulated by the FDA?

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Dietary supplements are regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) and you can read more about it here.NDs are educated in safe use of supplements and patients are required to follow strict dosage and duration guidelines when using specifically recommended dietary supplements.