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Gretna Holistic Medicine Practitioners

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Mamina T.
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This center has changed my life physically, spiritually, and mentally. The guided group mediation that Matthew provides twice a week provides me with a solid framework to practice my own personal daily meditation, which has reduced stress and tension in my daily life. But something special about meditating in this group is that it creates a positive synergistic energy in the room that leaves us all feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. It's pretty cool. I also get some massage/energy healing work with Matthew and he has released a lot of tension that I carry in certain muscles, which has carried over and benefited my overall health. He also delves into the underlying cause (whether it's mental, emotional, or biological) of whatever physical symptoms one is experiencing. As a physician, I turn to Matthew to fill the gaps that modern medicine does not know how to address, and I try to implement what I learn from him into my practice. He is definitely a gifted healer who knows how to harness his own energy and relay that to others. And he teaches his patients how to use our own mind/energy/power to heal ourselves. It's awesome, and I highly recommend Matthew and the Higher Purpose Healing center.


I am a doctor of naturapathy, certified natural health professional, and a certified level one CrossFit trainer. I believe that the body was designed with the innate ability to heal itself when given the proper tools. I work with clients to lead them to the correct supplements, lifestyle change, stress reduction or exercise regime to lead them to healing. I use a mind, body, spirit approach when helping people achieve an "abundant life."

  • 7 years in business

I provide Chinese Medicine services (acupuncture, massage, and/or herbs, moxa, cupping) by housecall and by office visit. I do one-on-one 75 minute sessions to provide you with the customized care you deserve. I have a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I am nationally certified by the NCCAOM and licensed in both Louisiana and Oregon.

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack

We are now located in Kenner, La and share space with PMA Medical Treatment and Wellness Center.


Hi, I'm Richie Santucci, RD, CDE, HPT, yoga instructor. After wrestling, boxing and fighting MMA, I traded it all in for a simple 15-minute yoga routine and breathing exercise that gives you more strength, energy and happiness the smarter, and not the harder way.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

We do healing massage as well as relaxation massage. In addition, we also offer ultrasonic, noninvasive liposuction. We also have a detox system that uses negative ions to pull toxins from the body.


Holistic life Approach Massage and Wellness provides relaxation, therapeutic and structural massage services, serving Mandeville, Covington and Madisonville. Our studio is located in downtown Covington across from Aquistapace., LA # 5214. In our hectic world, we are so busy taking care of all those important people in our lives. Our days become so filled with multi-tasking and prioritizing that we sometimes forget to allow for nurturing and taking care of ourselves. Make that choice today!

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What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is classified as an alternative healing method, but licensed naturopathic doctors share some of the same academic background as conventional medical doctors and can often prescribe some medications. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), naturopathic medicine is holistic care that addresses a wide range of problems including (but not limited to) allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Naturopathic medicine aims to strengthen and empower the body and its organs to heal itself through low-force interventions. Here are some examples of the type of medical services often provided by naturopathic doctors, as cited by the AANP:

  • Clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing
  • Nutritional medicine
  • Botanical medicine
  • Naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy)
  • Hygiene
  • Counseling
  • Minor surgery
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Intravenous and injection therapy
  • Naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth)

Can naturopathic doctors prescribe medication?

Licensed naturopathic doctors can prescribe some pharmaceutical medication. Naturopathic doctors complete academic training similar to that of conventional physicians: a bachelor’s degree with a focus on pre-med studies, followed by a four-year residential naturopathic medical program whose first two years have a similar foundation to that of a conventional medical school. After completing their studies, they must pass a post-doctoral exam. Although licensed naturopathic physicians are able to prescribe medication, they usually focus on prevention rather than treatment of symptoms. A naturopathic doctor will offer a holistic approach to your care that encompasses your mental, physical and emotional health. While they will prescribe medication as needed to treat illness, they are also likely to be creating shifts in your lifestyle and nutrition to effect deeper changes in your body’s response to illness.   

How long do naturopathic doctors go to school?

Like conventional physicians, naturopathic doctors undergo rigorous academic and clinical training prior to practice. Typically naturopathic doctors go to school for eight years. There are currently 20 states in the U.S. that provide licensing for naturopathic doctors. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, a naturopathic doctor must complete a bachelor’s degree and an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical program, and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination, the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), in order to receive a license or registration to practice medicine.

The first two years of the residential naturopathic medical program cover many of the same areas of study as conventional medical schools. Naturopathic doctors provide primary patient holistic care. The goal of naturopathic medicine is preventative care and a focus on low force intervention healing methods. This can include natural medicines, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, homeopathy and much more. Naturopathic doctors often work in tandem with conventional medical doctors, as the two practices complement one another.

How do you find a good naturopath?

It’s important not to get misled by the title “naturopath” when searching for a naturopathic doctor. A naturopathic doctor is a licensed professional, while anyone who so desires can call themselves a naturopath. A naturopathic doctor has completed eight years of schooling and is licensed to provide high-quality medical care. When searching for a naturopathic doctor, a good place to start is by researching your state’s licensing and regulatory body for that profession.

Currently, 20 U.S. states license the practice of naturopathic medicine. For those seeking holistic, body-centered healing solutions, a naturopathic doctor can be a good fit. They use natural medicines as well as treatments such as electrotherapy and ayurvedic medicine to encourage the body to heal. Once you have determined a list of naturopathic physicians who are licensed in your state, look for reviews, ask for referrals, and interview the physician in person or by phone to find the right care provider for your health needs.

Do naturopaths take insurance?

Many naturopathic doctors accept insurance, but a separate question is whether your insurance covers alternative and naturopathic services. There are several steps you can take to find out:

  • Verify whether you live in one of the 20 states that currently licenses naturopathic physicians:
    • Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington.
  • Confirm whether your insurance will cover naturopathic medical services. Read your insurance plan’s fine print, verify whether naturopathic doctors fall into your insurance carrier’s definition of a doctor, and confirm that the care you are receiving is considered medically necessary. Questions to ask your insurance provider could include:
    • Am I covered for this treatment by a naturopathic physician?
    • Do I need a referral?
    • Is there a list of approved naturopathic doctors in my network?
    • What will the co-pay be?
    • Are there limits to my naturopathic coverage?
  • Before seeking medical care, it’s key to understand the difference between a naturopathic doctor and a naturopath. Anyone may advertise themselves as a naturopath, while to be a licensed naturopathic doctor, a person must complete academic and clinical training.
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