Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Naturopathic Physician?
A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is licensed by the State of Connecticut to diagnose and treat all medical conditions. They are trained to identify and remove causes of disease and treat patients using natural, non-toxic therapies. Their goal is to treat conditions and maximize one’s health. Like many states, Connecticut laws require graduates of naturopathic medical schools to pass rigorous national and state board examinations in order to qualify for licensure.
Naturopathic physicians artfully blend modern, cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with ancient and traditional methods. They are succeeding in their goal to present the world with a healing paradigm founded on science and respect for nature. Because naturopathic physicians believe in understanding patients on a cellular level, they actively pursue the latest biochemical findings which relate to the body. Alternative therapeutics, such as: botanical medicine, nutrition, acupuncture and homeopathy, are increasingly being supported by scientific evidence.
Naturopathic Doctors can be either:
- One's primary medical care (e.g. family doctor)
- A complement to conventional medical treatment (e.g. one’s expert in natural medicine)
Naturopathic Doctors complete a comprehensive medical history, perform relevant physical exams and typically suggest additional laboratory testing.
What is the Education of a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors 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, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, and counseling.
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.
What treatments do Naturopathic Physicians Use?
Naturopathic Physicians use methods such as botanical (herbal) medicine, therapeutic nutrition, physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, oriental medicine, counseling, and diet and lifestyle modification. These therapies are generally safer, less toxic, and have fewer side effects than conventional therapies. Dr. Munro utilizes the aforementioned techniques in individualized treatment programs to help you achieve your unique health goals.
Are naturopathic treatments scientific?
Many of the therapies used by Naturopathic Physicians have been subjected to controlled scientific studies. Dr. Munro makes every attempt to stay up to date with medical literature in order to use therapies with documented scientific efficacy, or ones that offer a long history of clinical safety and effectiveness.
What role can a naturopathic doctor play in my healthcare?
Naturopathic physicians can be either:
- Your primary medical care (e.g., your family doctor).
- A complement to conventional medical treatment (e.g., your expert in natural medicine).
What types of Conditions do you treat?
Dr Munro is trained to provide the best in natural family medicine to men, women, and children. She sees patients with health problems that include minor ailments severe illness and everything in between. Because she treats people, not just body parts, she can help you resolve issues in various body systems.
More information about the various conditions treated can be found here.
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, and side effects of pharmaceuticals. In many cases, there are natural therapies that can decrease the need for prescription medication and often replace 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, Dr Munro firmly believes that an integrated, collaborative approach to health care is paramount.
Will I have to stop seeing my regular doctor to see a Naturopathic Physician?
No. Patients see Naturopathic doctors for primary as well as adjunctive health care. Dr Munro welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with any, or all, of your other providers. If you choose to continue care with other physicians she will work together with them to accomplish an integrated, balanced, and individualized approach to your care.
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 be bewildering. Furthermore, it is inappropriate and possibly dangerous to get medical advice from persons not appropriately trained. Dr Munro has a thorough 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.
For further information, please refer to our Natural Supplements page.
What should I expect during the initial visit?
Initial visits are often divided into two appointments lasting an hour to an hour and a half:
- During the first visit, Dr. Munro will listen to your health concerns, gather a complete and comprehensive medical history, perform relevant physical exams and may suggest additional laboratory tests. It is always helpful to the doctor if you bring your previous lab work, medical records, a list of medications, and the actual supplements you take to the first visit.
- During the second visit, Dr. Munro will discuss any new lab findings as well as a treatment plan which will be based on your individual needs.
What should I expect during follow-up visits?
Follow-up visits are important to make sure your health is improving, to assess and reassess your current status, and change any aspect of your treatment plan to optimize your healing. Typically, follow-up visits last approximately 30 minutes.
Do you accept my insurance?
We acccept many popular insurance carriers. Please visit our Insurance page for complete information.
Is there any research on homeopathy?
Yes, there is scientific research to support that homeopathy works. For more information about the research of homeopathy, please visit the following websites: