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Frequently Asked Questions


How is a Naturopathic doctor different from my M.D.?
What should I expect in my first visit?
What medical conditions can a Naturopath treat?
Can Naturopathic medicine be used in conjunction with other forms of medicine?
Do Naturopaths take insurance?
How do I know if my ND is fully qualified?
Does Texas license Naturopaths?
Can a Naturopathic Doctor be my primary care physician?


How is a Naturopathic doctor different from my M.D.?
Naturopathic doctors receive the same medical training as MDs - they attend accredited four-year medical schools and go through clinical rotations. The major difference is that in addition to learning biomedical sciences and pharmacology, they also learn alternative therapies such as nutrition, homeopathy, counseling, botanical medicine, and orthomolecular medicine. The state of Texas does not allow NDs to prescribe pharmaceutical medications at this time, although it is legal in other states.


What should I expect in my first visit?
Naturopathic Doctors work very differently than the typical doctor. Your first visit with a Naturopath will last about an hour and a half. During this time your complete medical history will be discussed, as well as your symptoms, family history, lifestyle, emotional health and diet. Any appropriate physical exam will also be conducted. Based on the body of information gathered your Naturopath will outline a treatment plan for you that may include supplements, homeopathic remedies, dietary or lifestyle changes, counseling, and referral to other physicians or practitioners when necessary.



What medical conditions can a Naturopath treat?
Naturopaths treat the person as a whole, focusing on the person’s symptom picture and overall health and wellness. Because of this, your naturopath can help with any medical condition, with the exception of medical emergencies or conditions requiring immediate surgery (such as acute appendicitis) for which the emergency room would be more appropriate. Below is a list of the most commonly asked-about medical conditions and if your condition is not listed please call the office for more information.

ADD/ADHD
Adrenal Fatigue
Allergies
Alzheimer’s
Anemia
Anti-Aging
Anxiety
Arthritis
Asthma
Atherosclerosis
Autism
Autoimmune Disease
Behavioral Disorders
Behcet’s Disease
Bipolar
Bloating
BPH
Cancer (supportive)
Candida
Cardiovascular Disease
Chemical Sensitivity
Chorea
Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Pain
Cirrhosis
Clotting Disorders
Cancer (supportive)
Common Cold
COPD
Concentration Difficulty
Constipation
Cough
Depression
Detoxification
Developmental Delay
Diabetes
Diarrhea
Difficult Pregnancy
Digestive Disturbance
Ear Infections
Eczema
Endometriosis
Erectile Dysfunction
Fertility problems
Fibromyalgia
Flu
Gallbladder disease
GERD
Goiter
Gout
Graves Disease
Headaches
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Hepatitis
High Cholesterol
HIV/AIDS (supportive)
Hypertension
Hyperthyroid
Hypothyroid
IBS/IBD
Immune Deficiency
Insomnia
Insulin resistance
Lupus/SLE
Memory loss
Menstrual Disorders
Migraines
Mood Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Night Sweats
Nutritional Disorders
Obesity
PCOD
PMS
Pneumonia
Post-partum depression
Pregnancy (supportive)
Prostate problems
Psoriasis
Psychiatric Disorders
Raynaud’s
Restless Leg Syndrome
Rheumatism
Sinusitis
Sleep Disturbance
Ticks/twitches
Ulcers
Vitamin Deficiency
Weight Disorders
Wilson’s syndrome

Can Naturopathic medicine be used in conjunction with other forms of medicine?
Yes!
Naturopathic medicine works very well when used in conjunction with other forms of medicine including pharmaceutical drugs, acupuncture and chiropractic care. Your naturopathic doctor will custom-tailor your treatment and will be able to avoid negative interactions with other therapies you may be using. In addition naturopathic can help to counteract the side effects of other treatments such as the side effects from chemotherapy.



Do Naturopaths take insurance?
Naturopathy is considered alternative medicine in Texas so naturopaths cannot bill directly to insurance at this time. Dr. Neuzil can provide you with a receipt and superbill that you can submit to your insurance company. Different insurance companies will reimburse for all or a portion of the visit.


How do I know if my ND is fully qualified?
Your ND should display a diploma from one of the four accredited schools and should be a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (or AANP). In addition, NDs should have (and display) a valid State License. For more information please contact the AANP at www.naturopathic.org or 1-866-538-2267.
Dr. Amy Neuzil graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona and holds a current and valid license from the state of Arizona (AZ 03-781). Unfortunately because of the lack of regulation in Texas, many alternative health practitioners call themselves “Naturopathic Doctors” without the proper qualifications.


Does Texas license Naturopaths?
The State of Texas does not license Naturopathic doctors at this time, neither do they regulate the use of the title “Naturopathic Doctor”. For this reason it is especially important in Texas to ensure that your N.D. is properly trained and holding an active license from a State which offers licensure. Please see www.naturopathic.org for more information. Lack of licensure does not prohibit the practice of Naturopathic medicine, but it does limit what your Naturopath can legally do. Although Dr. Neuzil’s license (State of Arizona) allows her to diagnose, prescribe pharmaceutical medications, use injectable therapies and perform minor surgery in Arizona, she is unable to offer those services in Texas. This does not affect the quality of care offered, and she can still use all of the alternative medical therapies.


Can a Naturopathic Doctor be my primary care physician?
Not in Texas. In states where Naturopathy is fully licensed, your Naturopath can also be your primary care physician. In Texas, you will need to have an additional primary care physician who is fully licensed such as an M.D.