Information on Naturopathy
Some Frequently Asked Questions
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a system of medicine based on the belief that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself. The goal of naturopathy is to correct the internal environment, eliminate obstacles to a cure, and stimulate the individual's healing force to restore health. Modern natural medicine is a combination of traditional medicinal wisdom and science-based clinical evidence. Naturopathic treatments include nutrition, herbal medicine, physical medicine, body-mind therapies, therapeutic diets, nutrient supplementation, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. NDs (naturopathic doctors) can also order diagnostic tests and prescribe many conventional medications, and will use them when appropriate.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.s) are licensed in Montana as primary care physicians who have received special training in natural medicine. To be licensed by the State of Montana, NDs must have a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from a licensed and accredited 4-year Naturopathic Medical School. Naturopathic Medical Schools have entrance requirements similar to those of any medical school, requiring and undergraduate degree and advanced coursework in the premedical sciences.
What Conditions Respond to Naturopathic Medicine?
Any disease state can be improved through positive lifestyle changes, exercise, and good nutrition. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for all ages. It may serve as primary care for you and your family, or adjunctive care targeting a specific diagnosis.
Does Insurance Cover Visits?
Yes, several insurance companies do cover naturopathic services. However, some do not. It is best that you contact your individual carrier prior to your visit to find out exactly what your policy covers. Medicaid and Medicare do not cover naturopathic services at this time.