Raye Naturopathic LLC
Ivory Raye, N.D.
Frequently Asked Questions...
About Naturopathic Medicine, Doctors, Services Provided
About Naturopathic Medicine, Doctors, Services Provided
Q. What is Naturopathic Medicine? How are Naturopathic Doctors different?
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is the practice of utilizing non-toxic therapeutics in treating and preventing illness. Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine are trained in evidence-based natural medicine and are considered to be preventive medicine specialists. Naturopathic doctors treat the cause of disease without relying on the use of drugs or surgery. A number of modalities are employed in treatment, including dietary and lifestyle changes, clinical nutrition, homeopathic and botanical medicines (herbal medicine). Naturopathic doctors are also trained in the most recent research to better equip them in treating patients.
Licensed naturopathic doctors have completed a pre-medical science background in undergraduate studies followed by four years of training at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School. After completion of their studies naturopathic doctors must complete a rigorous schedule of medical board exams that are standardized across North America. The regulatory body in Colorado is DORA www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Naturopathy.
It is the principles of naturopathic medicine that distinguish them from other disciplines of healthcare:
- Primum No Nocere – First Do No Harm
Naturopathic doctors seek to do no harm with medical treatment by employing safe and effective natural therapies
- Vis Medicatrix Naturale – Nature Has Healing Powers
The body has an innate ability to heal itself and it is the role of the naturopathic doctor to recognize, facilitate and enhance this process with the aid of nontoxic natural therapies.
- Tolle Causam – Identify and Treat The Cause
Naturopathic physicians are trained in seeking the underlying cause of disease rather than to treat symptoms. Symptoms are considered as an expression of the body’s attempt to heal itself and therefore employing treatments to suppress symptoms may interfere with the body’s healing ability. The causes can originate from the physical, mental-emotional or spiritual levels.
- Tolle Tottum – Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic Doctors view the patient as a whole person, comprised of a complex set of physical, mental-emotional, spiritual and other factors.
- Docere – The Physician as a Teacher
Naturopathic physicians are teachers, educating, empowering and motivating patients to assume personal responsibility for their health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet.
- Prevention is the best cure
Naturopathic physicians are preventive medicine specialists. Prevention is achieved through education and encouraging patients to adopt habits that support health.
- Establish health and wellness
The primary goal for naturopathic doctors is to establish and sustain an optimal level of health. The naturopathic doctors are continually striving to increase the patient’s level of health, regardless of the level of health or disease. Even in the case of severe advanced disease, a high level of wellness can often be achieved.
* FInd out more by following the AANP link: www.naturopathic.org/content.asp
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* Naturopathic Doctors explained at: www.naturopathic.org/content.asp
Q. What Can I Expect From My First Visit?
Your first visit with Dr. Ivory Raye is a 90 minute appointment designed to get to know you as an individual and to understand your health needs in a comprehensive way. You can expect Dr. Ivory to engage in a conversation with you that includes a comprehensive intake of your medical and family history, dietary and lifestyle practices, as well as stress and environmental toxic exposures. The initial visit is longer in order to determine the underlying cause of illness. This allows her to craft a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs. This first visit may include:
- Comprehensive Interview—to understand all factors affecting health and wellbeing.
- Full Medical Evaluation, including physical exams.
- Open communication about the reasons for all lab testing and treatments, as well as explanation of lab results.
- Prescription based on the least invasive, most nourishing and appropriate treatments.
- Treatment of you as a whole person.
Q. What conditions do Naturopathic Doctors most commonly treat?
Naturopathic doctors treat virtually any acute or chronic condition. Although there is a time for prescription medications and surgery, it is always wise to implement the least invasive approach to healthcare first. Naturopathic doctors continually strive to determine the underlying cause of illness and work with their patients to realize their optimal health potential. Many patients will seek naturopathic care when they have exhausted their options and are pleasantly surprised that naturopathic doctors can not only address the symptoms but also the root cause to their illness. Often patients without any medical condition will seek naturopathic care to be proactive in optimizing their health to prevent illness and improve their state of well-being.
Q. What is the benefit of seeing a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors spend time with their patients to understand their individual needs regarding health. They strive to determine the cause of illness, they do not just treat the symptoms. By implementing the least invasive approach to health, as well as addressing the underlying cause of illness, patients are less likely to experience undesirable adverse effects of medications, and they experience a long term solution to their healthcare. Further, naturopathic doctors tailor programs to suit an individual’s need and work as a team with the patient to realize their health goals.
Q. Does your practice take insurance?
Dr. Ivory Raye, ND does not bill insurance. Many patients opt to use and recieve reimbursement through Health Spending (HSA) or flex-spending plans.
ND Education and Accreditation
Q. What kind of education do Naturopathic Doctors receive?
All naturopathic medical students obtain a Bachelor's Degree prior to beginning the ND program. The degree must either be a Pre-Medical degree, or additional science prerequisites have to be completed prior to admission into the program. The ND program itself is a minimum of 4 years with extensive focus on science, pathology and clinical diagnosis, treatment plans, and a variety of clinical shifts. In addition, ND's are trained in Nutrition, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy, Counseling, Mind Body Medicine, and Naturopathic Manipulation. ND programs include preceptorships and externiships with Naturopathic Doctors, as well as the option to work with Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, and Osteopathic Doctors.
For more information about a Naturopathic Doctor's education and for a list of the accredited Naturopathic schools, visit AANP's website: www.naturopathic.org/education
Q. Are Naturopathic Doctors Accredited Practitioners?
Yes, in addition to attending an accredited school, Naturopathic Doctors are required to pass two National Board Exams prior to practicing. They are also required to register with the state(s) where they plan to practice. For instance, Colorado is a licensed state, and Naturopathic Doctors are required to register through DORA for licensing and regulation.
For a list of Licensed States and Licensing Athorities, visit the AANP website: www.naturopathic.org/content.asp
To verify the license of a doctor, visit DORA's website: www.colorado.gov/dora/Naturopathy