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State of California Dept. of Consumer Affairs Naturopathic Medicine Committee Brochure

State of California Dept. of Consumer Affairs Naturopathic Medicine Committee Brochure

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A
Consumer’s
Guide
to
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Naturopathic
 
Naturopathic
doctors
are
trained
in
a
wide
variety
of
complementary
and
alternative
therapies,
including:
*
Herbaland
Homeopathic
Medicine
*
Clinical
Nutrition
andDiet
*
Vitamins,
Amino
Acids,
Minerals,
Enzymes,and
Nutraceuticals
*
PhysicalMedicine
such
asMassage,
Body-
specifichealthcondition
to
those
seeking
towork,
Exercise
Therapy,and
Hydrotherapy
improve
generalhealth
and
wellness.
NDs
treat
Counseling
and
Behavioral
Therapies
infants
to
seniorcitizens,
men
andwomen,
Health
and
LifestyleCounseling
and
those
in
all
stages
of
health
and
disease.Naturopathic
medicine
can
benefitpeople
who
In
addition.
NDs
may
prescribe
hormones.prefer
a
natural
approach
to
their
health
care
Theymay
also
orderotherprescription
drugs
in
as
well
as
thoseseeking
integrated
solutions
collaboration
with
a
medical
doctor.to
their
health
needs.
Why
Visit
a
Natiuopatbie
Doetor?
What
toExpectfrom
a
Visit
If
you
are
looking
for
anyor
all
of
the
following:
to
a
Nattiropathic
Doctor
a
primaryhealth
care
Discussing
your
needs
with
a
naturopathic
provider
doctor
will
help
to
focus
your
care.
*
treatment
for
acute
or
A
typical
firstvisit
with
an
ND
lasts
chronic
conditions
60-90
minutes
and
includes
taking
a
relevant
health
history,
conducting
a
prevention-oriented
holis
ticapproach
to
your
health
an
appropriate
examination,
and
making
recommendations
for
someone
to
work
in
an
treatment.
It
mayinclude
gatheringintegrated
way
with
your
information
such
as
laboratory
test
current
medicaldoctor
results,
medicalrecords,
a
diet
diary,
Naturopathicmedical
care
canand
other
information.
Follow-up
benefit
all
Californians,
from
visits
vary
in
length
and
frequency
those
lookingfor
help
with
a
depending
on
theindividual
nature
of
 
thehealthissuesbeingaddressed,
therapies
being
utilized,and
other
treatment
goals.
NDshave
different
styles
and
areas
of
emphasis
in
their
practices.
Some
may
act
as
general
practitioners-some
may
focus
on
particularareas
of
health
such
as
detoxification
or
immune
support
and
others
may
focus
on
particular
therapies
such
as
homeopathy
or
nutrition.
Selecting
a
naturopathicdoctor
Who
is
right
for
you
depends
on
the
type
of
condition
for
which
you
are
seeking
help
and
the
types
of
therapies
that
interest
you.When
working
with
a
naturopathic
doctor,plan
to
be
actively
involved
in
your
treatment.
Your
ND
may
work
with
you
tochange
your
diet
or
exercisehabits,teach
youwaysto
reduce
stress,
as
well
as
use
supplements,
vitamins,
herbs,
and
othermedicines
and
treatments
to
help
you
meet
your
goals.
Ask
questionsabout
your
treatment
and
inform
your
ND
about
signs
of
improvement
or
stubbornsymptoms.
Your
ND
may
consider
further
diagnostic
tests,
changes
in
your
treatment
plan,
or
referrals
to
otherhealth
care
professionals.
Insurance
Coverage
for
Naturopatbic
Care
More
andmore
insurance
companies
are
covering
naturopathicmedical
care.Ask
your
carrierabout
coverage
or
reimbursement.
If
you
have
insurance
that
does
not
covernaturopathicmedical
care,useof
a
HealthSavings
Account
HSA
or
flexible
spend
ing
account
may
cover
this
care.
Check
with
youremployer
to
deter
mine
if
one
of
these
options
is
available
to
you.
How
Do
IFmd
a
Licensed
Naturopathic
Doctor?
You
can
access
a
list
of
licensednaturopathicdoctors
by
selecting
"Verify
a
License"
on
theNaturopathic
Medicine
Committee’s
Web
site
at:www.naturopathic.ca.gov
Naturopathic
Medical
Trainingand
Education
Naturopathicdoctorsattend
four-year,
graduate-level,accreditednaturopathicmedicalschools.
NDsare
trained
as
primary
care
practitioners.
Training
covers
a
wide
range
of
therapies
as
well
as
science
and
clinical
courses.
An
important
aspect
of
naturopathicmedicaltraining
is
learningaboutotherhealth
care
professions
and
appropriate
referral
patterns.

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