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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Naturopathic Physician?
Like medical doctors (MD), naturopathic physicians are nationally board certified and state licensed, 4 year postgraduate doctors trained in the art and science of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. The ND (Naturopathic Doctor) will typically take a thorough history, do a relevant physical exam, and order appropriate laboratory work and diagnostic testing.
The ND uses natural medicines in preference to drugs, believes that the body has the innate ability to heal itself, works to identify and treat the cause, minimizes suffering without attempting to suppress symptoms, and supports living a healthy lifestyle to prevent disease. The therapies used by the ND are quite varied and include: osseous manipulation, massage, hydrotherapy, light and electrical stimulation, acupuncture, detoxification techniques, nutrition, oriental and Ayurvedic remedies, herbal medicine, vitamins and minerals, and homeopathy. The ND will prescribe drugs (not in the state of Connecticut) or refer for drug therapy when necessary, will support the body’s ability to heal itself, and attempt to support the discontinuance of drug therapy as soon as possible when appropriate. The ND will order laboratory tests, X rays, biopsies, and refer to specialists when indicated to facilitate in diagnosis. The ND will teach healthy choices, personal responsibility, and suggest lifestyle changes to help prevent disease and maintain health.
What is the Theory of Naturopathic Medicine?
NDs believe that the body has the power to heal itself if provided with the proper nutrition and cellular environment. Some of the impediments to the body’s recovery include toxins, structural damage, stresses, allergens, infective agents, nutritional excesses and deficiencies. The impediments must be corrected to allow the body to heal itself. Various techniques are used to support the body’s own regenerative processes, such as stimulation of the circulation, metabolism, elimination, nervous system, and glandular function. Old symptoms may resurface when the body throws off toxins, chronic infections, and begins to repair damaged tissues. The ND looks for the causes of a condition and seeks to remove them rather than simply suppressing the symptoms; attempts to give the minimum dose of a medicine or therapy needed to restore optimal function; and considers the whole person, on all levels including their environment in diagnosing and treating disease.
Will my insurance cover my visit?
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Will my insurance cover the cost of herbs and supplements?
In most instances, the answer is no. However, some HSA and FSA accounts will allow for it. It is best to check with your individual insurance company to make sure.