Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Naturopathic Medicine right for you?
- Difference between a Naturopath and Naturopathic Doctor?
- Difference between an ND and a homeopath?
- Is Naturopathic medicine worth the cost?
- Do you bill insurance?
- Common conditions treated?
Is Naturopathic medicine right for you?
Naturopathic doctors can be either:
- Your primary medical care (e.g your family doctor)
- A compliment to conventional medical treatment (e.g. your expert in natural medicine)
The philosophy of naturopathic medicine seeks to restore balance within each patient so that there is minimal reliance upon pharmaceuticals and other supplements. NDs believe that the human body is infinitely wise and will seek to restore health if given the correct environment. If you are looking for a fresh perspective on your health condition, an ND may be the right choice for you.
Difference between a Naturopath and Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Norris is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), here is some background on the different between an ND and a naturopath.
The training of naturopathic doctors is the same core medical sciences as MD students; they receive over 1500 hours of supervised clinical training, learning to diagnose and treat patients while under the supervision of attending physicians in accredited clinical settings from a medical school. This creates an ideal blend of natural healing therapies with the same clinical training background as a conventional medical doctor (or MD). Open this link to see a comparison of the curriculum and training of an ND versus an MD.
In contrast, today’s education of a traditional naturopath is accomplished through an online or correspondence course, with little or no supervised clinical component.
Difference between an ND and a Homeopath
Homeopathy is one therapeutic option a Naturopathic Doctor may suggest to include in your treatment plan. Dr. Norris may suggest the use of a homeopathic medication, although she has many other treatment options to offer as well. Practitioners who refer to themselves as homeopaths, and do not have another medical license, do not have clinical training in the management and diagnosis of disease outside of the scope of homeopathic medications.
Is naturopathic medicine worth the cost?
Absolutely. Naturopathic medicine seeks to address the cause of the symptoms you are experiencing. When you invest in a healthcare plan that seeks to alleviate the cause of an illness you are making a long-term investment in your health. Many patients experience better sleep, better digestion, increased energy, and an overall sense of well-being.
Does insurance cover naturopathic care?
We wish! At this time no ND in the state of California is legally able to bill as an in-network provider with insurance companies. This is something Dr. Norris would like to see change, and she is working with legislators on a strategy to allow NDs to take insurance directly, including Medicaid. Sadly, the soonest this may be available would be in 2020.
We are happy to provide you the forms necessary to file for reimbursement from your insurance company. If you have an insurance plan that allows you to see “out of network” providers, typically labeled as a PPO plan, you will likely be reimbursed for 70-90% of your cost. We have created a form to assist you in discussing insurance coverage with your provider so you will know how much is reimbursed before your first visit, please contact us to obtain the form.
Common conditions treated by Naturopathic Doctors
Patients seek Naturopathic medicine for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons include poor outcomes with pharmaceutical treatments, prescribed by a conventional medical doctor, wanting to spend more time with their doctor, looking for a provider that treats their patients holistically, and seeking a doctor trained in alternative therapies. Since Dr. Norris sets aside 60 minutes to spend with each of her patients during the first visit, it is much more comprehensive of a visit than many other clinics are able to offer. This is central to the care that Dr. Norris provides. Check out our common conditions page for more information.