A naturopathic doctor (N.D.) or naturopath is a primary care practitioner who is a specialist in natural medicine. Naturopaths use functional diagnostic tests, in addition to standard diagnostic tests, in order to identify the root of an illness. They spend quality time with each patient to treat the cause of the health condition, rather than simply the symptom manifestation, as often practiced in traditional medicine. Naturopathic doctors work with and support the body’s own healing ability, and emphasize prevention and self-care. The vast array of natural treatment modalities truly distinguishes a naturopathic doctor from other primary care physicians. Naturopaths cooperate with all other branches of medical science, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. This results in a patient-centered approach striving to meet the needs of the individual person.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained at accredited, four-year, post-graduate medical schools in both conventional and naturopathic medical sciences. Their comprehensive training includes studies in basic medical sciences, clinical sciences, pharmacology and a wide variety of natural therapeutics. Naturopathic Doctors are required to successfully pass national board exams in the basic and clinical medical sciences as well as all of the naturopathic therapeutics.
More and more insurance companies are covering naturopathic medical care. Ask your carrier about coverage or reimbursement. If you have insurance that does not cover naturopathic medical care, use of a Health Savings Account (HAS) or flexible spending account may cover this care. Additionally, we are more than happy to provide you with a Super Bill to submit to your insurance company. Please call our office at 949-600-5100 for more information.