Naturopathic Medicine for Mental Health is powerful, safe and effective! This page describes what Naturopathic Medicine is, and answers some of the commonly asked questions we hear.
What training do Naturopathic Physicians receive?
Naturopathic medicine is a form of medicine that utilizes both natural and conventional therapies to treat and prevent disease. Naturopathic medical doctors attend accredited naturopathic medical schools, they sit for licensing board examinations, and they are licensed as primary care physicians in a number of states.
In addition to the standard medical educational requirements of a medical doctor, naturopathic physicians are also trained in additional modalities including: Botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, physical medicine, nutrition and lifestyle, mind-body medicine, environmental medicine, minor surgery, counseling and psychology, emergency medicine, and many others.
What do Naturopathic Physicians treat?
Naturopathic doctors treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Examples of conditions that they treat include: Diabetes, obesity, thyroid and hormonal imbalances, allergies, acute and chronic pain, digestive issues, cardiac and respiratory conditions, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Do Naturopathic Physicians use pharmaceuticals and can they perform surgery?
Though naturopathic doctors are trained to utilize prescription drugs, they primarily the emphasize the use of naturopathic therapies in its place whenever appropriate. Dr. Cain is licensed in minor surgery in the state of Arizona. She specializes on removal of skin tags, warts, scar therapy, and other minor surgical procedures.
Why is insurance coverage limited in Naturopathic Medicine?
The health care industry at large is moving towards a cash pay approach. There are a number of reasons for this, but a predominant one is that the insurance industry limits the quality of care a practitioner can offer their patients by dictating how to treat something as far as reimbursement and coverage, how long a visit should last, how much the visit should cost, and how many visits are appropriate. There are also unfortunately, concerns regarding insurance costs, and coverage issues depending on the patient’s particular history and circumstances. Moreover, as Naturopathic Medicine is a fairly young branch of medicine, insurance policies have not yet entirely been changed to accommodate the public’s growing demands for alternative approaches.
The Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine
- FIRST, DO NO HARM. Naturopathic physicians utilize treatments that are generally non-invasive, and rarely have harmful side effects. As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Cain will carefully consider treatment recommendations with consideration to both your short and long term health goals. Naturopathic doctors hold professionalism and ethics to the highest regard with each patient.
- THE BODY HAS INHERENT WISDOM TO HEAL. Every person has an incredibly powerful ability to self heal. The goal of the naturopathic physician is to empower your body to heal itself through gentile, safe and yet powerful interventions. This type of approach will help you become well, so that permanent or life long medications are often no longer necessary.
- IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE. In order to help a person find a cure and become fully well, the root cause of illness must be discovered and addressed. Naturopathic physicians understand that it is important to address your symptoms, but to also look deeper to the origins of disease, and to also treat this as well so that your predisposition to illness has also been treated.
- TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON. Naturopathic doctors look at their patients as a whole person, as opposed to separately functioning parts. Each individual has a unique makeup, and stress and illness can affect different aspects of our being, for example: physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeup. Dr. Cain will consider the totality of your individual symptoms in putting together a specifically tailored protocol for you!
- THE PHYSICIAN IS A TEACHER. Empowerment is a key aspect in Naturopathic medicine! Naturopathic doctors emphasize the importance of being educators as well as physicians. Your naturopathic doctor will give you the tools to be healthy, and spend time answering your questions so that you leave prepared to take your health into your own hands!
- PREVENTION IS CURE. The well known phrase rings true in naturopathic medicine: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventative medicine is on the forefront of innovative health care. By being proactive in your health care you are preventing chronic disease, reducing the risk for acute illness, ultimately saving time and money so that you can live a longer and happier life!
Naturopathic Medicine in a Snapshot:
- Naturopathic medicine for mental health is an emerging field, Dr. Cain is passionate about training new doctors in the field of mental health so that we are able to help more and more people.
- Naturopathic Doctors graduate from accredited medical schools, and are recognized as licensed primary care physicians in over 15 states.
- Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to diagnose and treat disease.
- Naturopathic Doctors can prescribe many pharmacological medications.
- Naturopathic Doctors have an accreditation board, and are regulated by state and federal standards of care.
- Naturopathic Doctors are trained in all the same modalities as conventional doctors (MD’s), but have additional training in alternative modalities including, but not limited to: Botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy.
- In order to receive a Naturopathic Medical Degree, an applicant must pass two national board examinations.
- In some states, Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to conduct minor surgery.
- For a listing of accredited Naturopathic medical schools, or to learn more about Naturopathic Medicine, go to: http://www.naturopathic.org/