Find out what to expect when you visit these four common alternative-health doctors.
Have you considered looking into alternative-health treatments but weren’t sure where to begin? Start with finding a doctor that best suits your health needs. Use this guide to learn the differences between an osteopathic doctor, chiropractor, naturopathic doctor, and homeopathic doctor to get a better idea of the method of medicine that seems right for you.
Naturopathy, or natural medicine, is a field where practitioners claim to assist the body’s natural healing process in overcoming illness. Naturopathic doctors (N.D.s), many of whom complete a four-year program in naturopathy, use a combination of diet, herbs, acupuncture, and alternative medicine modalities to treat disease. While some of these treatments are backed by scientific evidence, many are not.
N.D.s are only allowed to practice in 15 states and many don’t take insurance. If you’re interested in seeing a naturopathic doctor, check to see if you live in one of the 15 states and find out if the visit will be covered.