Frequently Asked Questions

01

Do you accept my insurance?

All of the naturopathic physicians at Whole Health are credentialed providers with the following insurance…

All of the naturopathic physicians at Whole Health are credentialed providers with the following insurance plans:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Oxford
  • Conneticare
  • Cigna

We encourage all patients to call their insurance provider to verify coverage before the first appointment.

If your insurance does not include coverage for our services, our discounted fee schedule for those who will be paying out of pocket is as follows:

  • New patient appointment (one hour) : $195
  • Follow up appointment (30 minutes): $95
  • Acupuncture: $ ??
02

What is a Naturopathic Physician?

The Naturopathic Physicians (ND’s) at Whole Health are doctors who specialize in Natural Family…

The Naturopathic Physicians (ND’s) at Whole Health are doctors who specialize in Natural Family Medicine. They are licensed by the State of Connecticut to diagnose and treat all medical conditions. Naturopathic Physicians are the only physician level specialists in Natural Medicine. We are trained to identify and remove causes of a disease and treat patients using natural, non-toxic therapies. Our goal is to treat your condition and maximize your health.

03

What is the Education of a Naturopathic Physician?

Naturopathic physicians undergo training that is similar in structure and scope to that of medical and…

Naturopathic physicians undergo training that is similar in structure and scope to that of medical and osteopathic doctors. Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year graduate schools with rigorous admissions requirements comparable to other medical schools. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree is awarded after classroom, clinic and practical study. ND's are trained in medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, radiology, minor surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, embryology, pediatrics, psychology, pharmacology, dermatology, and clinical and physical diagnosis. The training also includes extensive study of naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics including therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, ayurvedic medicine, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, and counseling. Because coursework in natural therapeutics is added to a standard medical curriculum, naturopathic doctors often receive significantly more hours of classroom education in these areas than the graduates of many leading medical schools, including Yale, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins.

Like many states, Connecticut’s laws require graduates of naturopathic medical schools to pass rigorous national and state board examination in order to qualify for licensure.

04

What treatments do Naturopathic Physicians Use?

Naturopathic Physicians use methods such as botanical (herbal) medicine, therapeutic nutrition…

Naturopathic Physicians use methods such as botanical (herbal) medicine, therapeutic nutrition, physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, oriental medicine, counseling, and diet & lifestyle modification. These therapies are generally safer, less toxic, and have fewer side effects than conventional therapies. At Whole Health, we will use these techniques in individualized treatment programs to help you achieve your unique health goals.

Although we are advocates of integrative care, current state law in CT does not allow naturopathic physicians to write prescriptions for medication or administer vaccinations.

05

Why should I see a Naturopathic Doctor when they sell herbs and vitamins at the Health Food Store?

The multitude of nutritional and botanical supplements available over the counter can…

The multitude of nutritional and botanical supplements available over the counter can be bewildering. Furthermore, it is inappropriate and possibly dangerous to get medical advice from persons not appropriately trained.

The Naturopathic Physicians at Whole Health have a comprehensive understanding of physiology, pharmacology, botanical medicine, nutritional biochemistry, and interactions between natural and drug therapies. Without this training, one cannot safely make recommendations about Natural Medicine.

06

Will I have to stop seeing my regular doctor to see a Naturopathic Physician?

No. Patients see us for primary and adjunctive health care. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate…

No. Patients see us for primary and adjunctive health care. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with any or all of your other providers. You continue to see your other doctors, and we will work together to accomplish integrated, balanced, and individualized care.

Although we are advocates of integrative care, current state law in CT does not allow naturopathic physicians to write prescriptions for medication or administer vaccinations.

07

Are naturopathic treatments scientific?

Many of the therapies used by Naturopathic Physicians have been subjected to controlled scientific studies…

Many of the therapies used by Naturopathic Physicians have been subjected to controlled scientific studies. The Naturopathic Physicians at Whole Health stay up to date with medical literature and make every effort to use therapies with documented scientific efficacy, or a long history of clinical safety and effectiveness.

08

What Conditions do you treat?

Our physicians are trained to provide the best in natural family medicine to men, women, and children…

Our physicians are trained to provide the best in natural family medicine to men, women, and children. We see patients with health problems that include minor ailments severe illness and everything in between. Because we treat people, not just body parts, we can help you resolve issues in multiple body systems including:

Constitutional:
Fatigue, Weight management, Food allergies, Autoimmune disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

Women’s Health:
Menopause, PMS, Vaginal infections, Bladder infections, Interstitial cystitis, Menstrual disorders, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Low libido, Vaginal dryness, Osteoporosis, Cervical dysplasia, Weight management, Infertility

Men’s Health:
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), Prostatitis, Erectile dysfunction (ED), Musculoskeletal pain, Sports injuries

Children’s Health:
Coughs, Colds, Fevers, Rashes, Ear infections, Diarrhea, Food Allergies, Nutritional counseling

Preventative Care:
Diabetes, Heart disease, Osteoporosis, Cancer

Gastrointestinal:
Diarrhea, Constipation, Gas, Bloating, Heartburn (GERD), Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac Disease, Gall bladder disease, Hepatitis, Ulcers, Abdominal pain, Hemorrhoids, Yeast (Candida) overgrowth, H. pylori infection

Musculoskeletal:
Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Low back pain, Neck pain, Sciatica, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Muscle spasms, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Plantar fasciitis, Gout, Fibromyalgia

Cardiovascular:
High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Angina, Atherosclerosis, Palpitations

Endocrine:
Thyroid disorders, Diabetes, Adrenal dysfunction

Psychiatric:
Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia

Ears/Nose/Throat:
Ear infections, Tinnitus, Sinusitis, Allergies, Sore throats, Chronic or recurrent infections

Respiratory:
Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Emphysema or COPD, Bronchitis

Dermatologic:
Acne, Eczema, Rosacea, Shingles, Rashes

Neurologic:
Headaches, Migraines, Sciatica, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Seizures, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease

09

Do I have to stop taking my prescription medication?

No. Many patients come to a Naturopathic Physician because they are concerned about the risk, cost…

No. Many patients come to a Naturopathic Physician because they are concerned about the risk, cost, and side effects of pharmaceuticals. In many cases, there are natural therapies that can replace or decrease the need for prescription medication. In addition, naturopathic physicians can often help reduce unwanted side effects using adjunctive natural therapies. Above all, we want you to reach your health goals safely. Therefore, any changes in a prescription medication regimen must involve collaboration with your other doctors. When prescription medication is involved, we firmly believe that an integrated, collaborative approach to health care is ideal.