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Acupuncture Therapy
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry B.
Verified review

Dear Tamara Koltun, I want to thank you for your expertise in acupuncture Chinese medicine. With numerous health problems most of my life, I’ve found to have been seeking your type of healing for my body along time. I’ve been to another person who does the same type of work as you. However, to my shock, I’ve clearly seen a huge difference in the two of you! Your work actually helped me get over pain for an extended period of time as well as helping my body step up in recovery, unlike the other. After my first visit with you is when I noticed the difference in your methods. I was amazed and most of all relieved! I felt I have finally found someone who actually cares for others lives to be healed and well. It gives my heart and mind huge relief! I’m very thankful for the acupuncture you give me. You’ve helped relieve a lot of inflammation in my body, along with pain in numerous areas on my body. It’s really amazing at the difference my body gets with your help. You are very sincere in your work, and I know it means a lot to you to help others be well. Knowing this about you is what is important to people like me. We need more like you in this world! I’m grateful to have found you for help with my body. I will be forever grateful! You are a true doctor, healer of our body. Thank you for helping me and others alike! May you be blessed always in your health, and prosperous in all you do! Sincerely, Sherry B.

Holistic Integrated Health
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Sally S.
    Verified review

    I started seeing Cindy about a year ago, at first I was a little hesitant about "natural" things making me feel better, being that I am all about going to see a doctor for everything! The first day I went to her, she hit everything RIGHT ON, she knew sooo much about me just by the things that were going on inside of my body, I was stunned, literally. I was cured of whatever was wrong with me at the time within a few days, I was AMAZED! SO...I kept seeing her when something was wrong with me rather then going to the doctor. She has a remedy for EVERYTHING, trust me, i've been to her for anything and everything and she has fixed it all!! Cindy is a wonderful woman inside and out and her ability to do Holistic Medicine is out of this world, I would definitley recommend her to ANYONE needing some help! Thanks for all you do Cindy!!

    • 6 years in business
    About

    Energy Therapy & Wellness, located in Charlotte, NC, offers whole health healing for the entire family. Eva Gourley, a naturopathic doctor, focuses on the physical and emotional components of the healing process. She believes in the cooperation between the body, mind and spirit, including the emotional messages behind pain. Her aim is to remove stresses from the body as quickly and effectively as possible while balancing and working the 9 energy systems to help with digestion, pain, anxiety, insomnia, hormonal imbalances and other health issues.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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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