What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct, comprehensive system of healthcare emphasizing the use of natural therapies to promote health and treat and prevent disease. 

What is a naturopathic doctor?

Naturopathic doctors are primary care doctors trained at board-accredited 4-year graduate schools. Training includes clinical physical diagnosis, pathology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, botanical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, physical medicine, pharmacology, and more. 

What to expect for your first consultation? 

Naturopathic visits are very thorough. Our Practitioners will delve into your current complaint, your personal medical history, family medical history, social history (lifestyle factors like diet, stress, sleep, etc.), a general review of all body systems, and any pertinent physical exams. 

If you have any recent or relevant lab work or imaging, that is a great start. If not and lab work is necessary, our practitioners are happy help you with that process. 

What role will a naturopathic doctor take in my life or on my healthcare team?

As a member of your healthcare team, a naturopathic doctor will help you to search beyond your symptoms and find the underlying cause(s) of your illness. Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary care providers and thus are able to diagnose, treat and manage many different health conditions. Not only will your naturopathic doctor help to improve your chronic health issues, she/he will also help you to achieve a greater sense of balance and optimized wellness as it pertains to your health, which may allow you to potentially live life drug free with the energy to do more of what you love to do.

Is naturopathy the same as homeopathy?

No. Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the law of similars, or the principal that “like cures like.” Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, minerals and other substances which are given in extremely dilute form. 

Naturopathic medicine is an eclectic blend of many different forms of natural medicine which may include homeopathy, clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, bio-identical hormones, psychology and other effective, natural therapeutics. Some naturopathic doctors practice homeopathy, but not all homeopaths are naturopathic doctors.

Why intravenous (IV)?

IV nutrient therapy treatments enter directly into your bloodstream, for direct therapy and quickly circulate through your bloodstream for optimum cell delivery and use. Bypassing the digestive system and liver, 100% absorption rate can be achieved. With IV, there is greater tolerance for therapeutic levels of nutrients, even in individuals with impaired intestinal absorption.

Why intravenous (IV)? How often should one do IV nutrient therapy?

The number of treatments varies by person and health situation. The first IV nutrient therapy visit is 60-75 minutes. Following IV nutrient therapy treatments are around 45-60 minutes and could be given weekly. Frequency depends on your preference and personal treatment plan for long-lasting and maximum benefit.

What is the difference between a Myers' Push and Myers' Cocktail?

A Myers' Push is a combination of vitamins and minerals in a syringe that you administer through a small butterfly needle.  It takes very little time and is safe for almost everyone. We go a step beyond this to add extra nutrients and place in a small IV bag, therefore referred to as a Myers' Cocktail.  The classic Myers' cocktail named after John Myers MD who used nutrient IV therapy to treat fatigue, upper respiratory infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies, migraines and many other disorders.  The Myers' Cocktail has many variations today.  We take the classic Myers and add in many more nutrients.  That is why it will Rock Your World!

Who administers the IVs?

IV treatments are administered by licensed naturopathic doctors teamed with naturopathic assistants and registered nurses. The IV treatment involves a small, expertly-inserted needle, with minimal discomfort. Urban Medicine uses top quality health care supplies and the highest available grade of nutrients compounded locally in California.

Does Urban Medicine accept insurance? 

Urban Medicine does not bill insurance companies directly. Payment at the time of the service is required. 

What forms of payment does Urban Medicine accept?

Urban Medicine accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards. Our receipts will be coded so that you can submit them either to your insurance provider, health savings account (HSA), or a flexible spending account (FSA).