Frequently Asked Questions about Naturopathic Medicine

1. What kinds of health problems can be treated by Naturopathic Medicine?

Adults and children with chronic and acute conditions may benefit from Naturopathic Medicine. The most common health conditions treated by Naturopathic Doctors include:

Chronic Conditions
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Allergies and Environmental Illness
  • Arthritis, Back Pain
  • Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Heart Problems
  • Digestive disorders, Constipation, IBS, Gas and Bloating
Acute Conditions
  • Colds and Flu
  • Ear and Throat Infections
  • Headaches
  • Intestinal Upsets
Women's Conditions
  • Menopausal Problems
  • PMS, Menstrual Disorders
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Enhancing Optimal Health in Pregnancy
  • Infertility
  • Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids

2. What can I expect when I visit a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?

The goal of the Naturopathic Doctor is to determine the root cause of your health concerns, not just treat symptoms. This is accomplished by taking an in-depth patient history, physical examination and diagnostic testing. We then devise a uniquely individualized treatment using natural therapeutics to support the body to heal itself.

3. Is Naturopathic Medicine Scientific and Safe?

Thousands of modern clinical studies have validated a variety of natural medicines used by ND's, including Echinacea for the immune system and St. John's Wort for depression. Natural source medicines are non-toxic, gentle and non-invasive. Side effects are rare and ND's are trained to watch for contraindications that may occur between natural remedies and conventional medicines. It is important to advise Dr. Chang of any medications you are presently taking.

ND's are also trained to recognize health conditions which are beyond their scope of practice, and to appropriately refer individuals to other health practitioners where necessary.

4. How are NDs Trained?

ND's take a minimum of three years premedical studies at university, followed by four years at an accredited recognized College of Naturopathic Medicine. Subjects covered include basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics. 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience is mandatory. Graduates receive a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) Degree after passing rigorous standardized exams to qualify.

5. Will My Extended Health Plan Cover Any Of The Fees?

Most extended health plans cover between $500-$2000 per year. Because every plan is uniquely different, we suggest you contact your employer or extended health plan for further information.