- What is Naturopathic Medicine?
- Does a Naturopathic Doctor go to medical school?
- What makes Naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?
- What can I expect during an initial visit with a Naturopathic Doctor?
- How long are the visits and how much does it cost?
- Are the Naturopathic visits covered by insurance?
- How often do patients typically follow-up for Naturopathic visits?
- What is the scope of practice of Naturopathic Medicine in Virginia?
- Is an acupuncture treatment part of a naturopathic visit at Nova Medical Group?
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine, or Naturopathy, is a holistic approach to health. Meaning, it encompasses the whole being and not just a disease or symptom. When being treated, a patient’s individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors are examined in an attempt to understand the root cause of an illness.
Naturopathic medicine is traditional and rooted in age-old remedies that predate ‘modern medicine,’ which includes medication and surgery. Many methodologies are combined during treatment – such as acupuncture, massage therapy, homeopathy and herbal cures – while encouraging healthy lifestyle changes including proper nutrition, regular exercise, and relaxation techniques. Naturopathy is complementary and can improve the efficacy of other necessary treatments.
Does a Naturopathic Doctor go to medical school?
Yes. A licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) completes a standard medical curriculum in addition to clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling.
A four year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school is attended. This includes all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD), but also includes holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. A naturopathic doctor must pass professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.
What makes Naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?
What sets naturopathic medicine apart from conventional medicine is its holistic philosophy and approach. Your ND will examine all aspects of your unique self and situation to determine how to best optimize your health. Naturopathy blends traditional and alternative medicine with a modern approach that can include medication and surgery.
What can I expect during an initial visit with a Naturopathic Doctor?
On your first visit, your naturopathic doctor will review your medical history. This includes past and current medical problems, surgeries, hospitalizations, medications, allergies and supplements. He or she will also want to know about your family health history and lifestyle choices such as drug, alcohol and tobacco use, physical activity and dietary habits. All of this information will be used to determine the nature of your illness and the best way to treat it.
How long are the visits and how much does it cost?
Your initial new patient visit is broken into two parts – part one is a 60 minute appointment and part two is a 30 minute follow up appointment 2-4 weeks later. This is $200 and is inclusive of both parts one and two of the visit. Follow up appointments thereafter are 30 minutes in length and are $90.
In an effort to make naturopathic visits more affordable and accessible for our patients, we also offer 90-minute group naturopathic visits and 60-minute naturopathic classes. These are $35 per person. Please check the calendar of events on our Web site or speak with a staff member for upcoming scheduled sessions and corresponding topics.
Are the Naturopathic visits covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, naturopathic medical services are not covered by your health insurance; they are self-pay services. However, if you have a flexible spending account (FSA), you may be able to use it for naturopathic and/or acupuncture services.
How often do patients typically follow-up for Naturopathic visits?
As mentioned above, the initial 30-minute follow up appointment (part two of your initial visit) is typically 2-4 weeks after your 60-minute visit. Here, the naturopathic doctor will review progress and any laboratory reports that may have been completed in the interim. Follow-up visits after this are typically recommended every one to three months, depending on the patient’s individual needs and progress.
What is the scope of practice of Naturopathic Medicine in Virginia?
The scope of practice for Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) varies throughout the country. However, there are several states that do not yet offer Naturopathic Doctors a practice license; such is the case in Virginia. This limits NDs from practicing in a primary care role. Therefore, NDs in Virginia are unable to offer physical exams, diagnostic imaging, or manage pharmaceuticals.
As a result, NDs in Virginia practice in a consulting role, co-managing patients with their primary care providers. This allows the ND to help patients uncover underlying causes of imbalance(s) and offer safe and effective individualized, natural treatments including clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling.
Is an acupuncture treatment part of a naturopathic visit at Nova Medical Group?
No. Since some patients are only interested in naturopathic care and others only in acupuncture, acupuncture treatments are kept as a separate service. Additionally, while some patients have insurance coverage for acupuncture in Virginia, there is not yet insurance coverage for naturopathic care here in the commonwealth. Therefore, at Nova Medical Group, we keep naturopathic visits and acupuncture visits separate to appropriately accommodate each individual.