FAQ

What is Naturopathy?

What training does a naturopathic doctor receive?

Is there a license for Naturopathic doctors in Pennsylvania?

What should I expect during an office visit?

Can Naturopathic doctors switch someone who is taking a prescription medication to something natural?

Do Naturopathic doctors take insurance?

Where are your offices?

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What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a distinct system of health care that works with nature to restore people’s health and prevent illness.

Naturopathic doctors (ND) work with their clients to manage acute and chronic conditions, restore health and establish optimal fitness by supporting the person’s inherent self-healing process (the vis medicatrix naturae).

Naturopathy is distinguished by the principles upon which it is based. These principles are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances.

The techniques of naturopathy include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. The following principles are the foundation of naturopathy:

• The Healing Power of Nature

• Identify the Cause

• First Do No Harm

• Doctor as Teacher

• Take the Whole Person in Account

• Prevention

Naturopathy includes the following modalities: nutrition, botanicals, public health measures and hygiene, and homeopathy. In states where Naturopathic doctors are licensed, they may also use naturopathic physical medicine, naturopathic manipulative therapy, counseling, minor surgery, and appropriate measures of laboratory and clinical diagnosis.

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What training does a naturopathic doctor receive?

License-eligible Naturopathic doctors attend a four-year, graduate level naturopathic medical school (over 4100 hours of classroom training plus several hundred hours of supervised clinical training).

Naturopathic doctors are educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD or DO, but also studies holistic and non-toxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.

In addition to a standard medical curriculum, Naturopathic doctors complete courses in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathy, botanical medicine, pharmacology, and minor surgery. A Naturopathic doctor takes rigorous professional board exams to be eligible for licensing.

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Is there a license for Naturopathic doctors in Pennsylvania?

There is currently no licensing available for Naturopathic doctors in Pennsylvania, so NDs cannot function in the same manner as a licensed Medical or Osteopathic physician.

Naturopaths in Pennsylvania act as natural healthcare consultants, and work in cooperation with conventional medical care. NDs are encouraged to hold and maintain a license from a jurisdiction that licenses Naturopathic doctors.

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What should I expect during an office visit?

The first office visit typically lasts 60-90 minutes. During that visit, there is a detailed review of the chief complaints along with a comprehensive review of your health history.

Usually, a follow-up phone call is scheduled 1-2 weeks after the initial visit to monitor progress and answer questions. Follow-up office visits last 30 minutes.

The first office follow-up is scheduled one month after the initial visit, with future visits scheduled as needed.

At times, blood tests are needed in order to determine progress. A relationship with an MD or DO is encouraged for ordering tests or getting prescription medications if needed. We work in conjunction with standard medical care, and can use natural therapies that will not interfere with conventional treatments.

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Can Naturopathic doctors switch someone who is taking a prescription medication to something natural?

Because there is no licensing for Naturopathic doctors in Pennsylvania, NDs cannot make changes in medications that have been prescribed by licensed physicians.

While Naturopathic doctors receive training in the use of conventional pharmacological agents (and there are several states which license Naturopathic doctors that allow the prescribing of medications), there are natural substances that can be utilized that will not interfere with conventional therapies.

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Do Naturopathic doctors take insurance?

In most cases, insurance does not cover naturopathic services. Receipts are usually provided for those who wish to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement. It is best to check with the insurance provider to determine if coverage is available.

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Where are your offices?

The primary office for Michael Reece, ND is located at 4233 Oregon Pike, Ephrata, PA 17522. Office hours are also held in Palmyra (the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month) and Hershey (third Wednesday of the month). Appointments can be made for all locations by calling (717) 859-4222