Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important?
Licensure is of utmost importance when considering alternative treatments and natural options. Many people think that if a person calls themselves a "naturopath" that they have graduated with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and are board certified by licensing exams, but that is NOT the case! A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND/NMD) is a primary care physician who is trained to diagnose, treat, prescribe, and pass board certified licensing exams after 4 years of rigorous medical school. A "traditional naturopath" is not able to diagnose, treat, or prescribe! A “traditional naturopath” is not eligible to sit for board licensing exams because they do not attend a board-certified medical school. Make sure to always check to see if your healthcare provider is board certified and holds licensure for your safety!
What is covered?
Most naturopathic doctors are not covered under health insurance. We can assist you by providing a detailed receipt upon payment with information required by the insurance company to process the claim, such as procedure codes, diagnostic codes, etc. You are responsible for obtaining a claim form from your insurance company and submitting it yourself. Some patients with PPOs or private indemnity insurance do receive partial reimbursement from their insurance company based on "out-of network" benefits.
How can it help?
Homeopathic medicine takes a whole person approach to disease by focusing on physical, mental, and emotional issues. Acute and chronic illnesses manifest as symptoms in the body, and these symptoms are individualized depending on the person with the disease. Homeopathy takes this individualized information and uses that to select the best matched remedy. Homeopathic medicines are derived from natural substances of plants, minerals, and animals. It is safe, effective, non-toxic, and does not interact with other medications. Here are the theories that homeopathy is based upon:
Law of Similars or “Like Cures Like“
The approach that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people.
Law of the Infinitesimal Dose
Asserts that the more diluted a remedy is, the greater its effectiveness.
The Law of the Individual
Illness is specific to the individual, and so too is homeopathic treatment. Treatments are extremely individualized and chosen by the patient’s total symptom profile. It is common for different people with the same illness to receive different treatments based on this concept. Even you may need different treatments for the same illness you had last year! Think about all the times you have had a common cold. Were you tired and did your body feel heavy? Or did you have a cough and a sore throat? Did you feel irritable, or sad and weepy? This is how homeopathic medicine works!