Practicing naturopathic medicine involves following these principles…
1. Do no harm
2. Prevent illness
3. Use the least invasive measures necessary for healing
4. Treat the cause of the concern
5. Teach your patients about their body so they can improve their own health care
Studying naturopathic medicine involves…
1. Earning a bachelor degree and completing basic science courses before entering medical school.
2. Spending four years in a medical school which educates the students in science based medicine.
3. Studying a multitude of modalities to address patient complaints and help them live a healthy life. These modalities include counseling and biofeedback, herbal medicine, pharmaceutical medicine, nutrition, IV therapy, manual therapies, and homeopathic medicine. The idea is that not everyone responds equally to the same treatment regimen.
4. Passing science boards after the first two years and clinical boards after the last two years.
Can naturopathic doctors (NDs) prescribe pharmaceutical medications in the state of Colorado?
The state of Colorado does not permit NDs to prescribe pharmaceutical medications for their patients. This is different than many other licensed states and is a change for many people moving from nearby areas, such as Montana and Arizona, into Colorado.
Can NDs use nutritional IV therapy in their practice in the state of Colorado?
The state of Colorado does not permit NDs to practice nutritional IV therapy in the state of Colorado though many of us are trained to use it and most of the formulas comes from our discipline.
Can NDs use IM therapies such as B12 and B6?
The state of Colorado does permit NDs to inject B12 and B6 into muscle tissue.
Are Health insurance companies in Colorado set up to support NDs?
No they are not. The ND license in Colorado is only two years old and insurance has not become a real possibility yet. However, some therapies are accepted for submission to your insurance company and applied toward your deductible depending on your plan.
Can you use your Health Savings Account?
Most patients’ HSAs and FSAs are accepted.