FAQs

  1. Are Naturopathic doctors opposed to drugs and major surgery? No. Naturopathic doctors are not opposed to invasive or suppressive measures when these methods are necessary. They make referrals for such treatment when appropriate. Naturopathic medicine has both safer and less expensive alternatives to many kinds of non-emergency surgery.
  2. Is naturopathic medicine covered by insurance?
    We do not handle insurance reimbursement at the clinic. But, it is our understanding that more patients are receiving some reimbursement from their health insurance companies who submit on their own. After completing your visit with the Naturopathic Doctor you will receive a receipt that you can use to submit for attempted reimbursement with your insurance company. Reimbursement varies - some patients receive reimbursement and some do not. The amount of reimbursement is also variable. It may be much lower than the actual cost of the visit. We cannot make guarantees on reimbursement and payment is due at the time of service.

    Some states have greater health insurance reimbursement for Naturopathic care. Specifically the states of Washington and Connecticut mandate health insurance companies to reimburse policyholders for visits with participating Naturopathic providers.

    HSA’s (Health Savings Accounts) and MSA’s (Medical Savings Accounts) usually cover Naturopathic care. These are accounts where you can set aside monies tax-free for the year to use for almost any medical expense.

  3. Is naturopathic medicine cost-effective?
    Yes. Because naturopathic doctors use a preventive approach that reduces the incidence of high-cost chronic conditions, naturopathic medicine reduces long-term health care costs.
  4. Is naturopathic medicine safe?
    Yes. Safety records that are monitored in states with review boards are excellent. Naturopathic doctors most often use gentle therapies with low risk for side effects. A core principle of naturopathic medicine is to “first do no harm.”
  5. Is naturopathic medicine scientific?
    Yes. Naturopathic medicine has its own unique body of knowledge. It incorporates scientific advances from medical disciplines throughout the world with the wisdom from traditional medical models. Many naturopathic medical therapies have been scientifically validated, especially in the areas of clinical nutrition and botanical medicine. The research departments of naturopathic medical colleges conduct on-going research examining naturopathic therapeutics and practice.
  6. How do ND’s interact with other health professionals?
    Naturopathic Doctors refer to a wide range of other health practitioners including physician specialists and other conventional and alternative providers as appropriate. Most naturopathic practices have extensive cross referrals to and from other practitioners.
  7. Are all naturopathic doctors trained to treat cancer patients?
    Few naturopathic doctors are fully trained to treat cancer patients. Currently, the most extensive training in oncology for naturopathic doctors is through the 2-year residency program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Some naturopathic doctors gain expertise in cancer care through observation or self-study. Ask your naturopathic doctor about their level of training to treat cancer.
  8. How do conventional medical doctors interact with naturopathic doctors?
    Medical doctors have a wide range of opinions regarding naturopathic medicine. Some medical doctors are very comfortable co-treating patients who receive naturopathic care. Other medical doctors are unreceptive to alternative therapies. Patients can ask their physicians if they are open to working with alternative medicine providers. There are many physicians in practice who are willing to work in conjunction with naturopathic doctors.

    Most naturopathic doctors have at least a few medical doctors that they work well with. Some naturopathic doctors work more closely with medical doctors either through residencies, integrative care centers, or cross referral relationships. The ideal patient care is an integrative approach combining the best of conventional and naturopathic medicine.