Beyond the M.D.
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THE PRINCIPLE Naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) believe the body is capable of healing itself. They find the underlying obstacles and prescribe remedies to clear the path, including taking a detailed medical history, doing a physical exam, requesting lab tests, and using natural treatments that encompass nutrition, botanical medicine, counseling, supplements, and acupuncture.
WHAT TO EXPECT In the initial hourplus consultation, you’ll be asked about your diet, environment, stress levels, and any mental, emotional, or spiritual concerns . An N.D. may also request x-rays and blood tests.
GOOD FOR Menopausal symptoms, insomnia, treating TMJ, infertility, back pain, middle-ear infections, and severe allergies.
COST AND RESOURCES $150 to $250 for a first visit. Go to naturopathic .org to find a list of practitioners sanctioned by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.