FAQS

 

How much will treatment cost?

 

Fountainhead Clinic is a nonprofit clinic which operates on a sliding fee scale. You are eligible for a discounted rate if you fall below 200% of the poverty level. Standard rates for the initial visit which lasts anywhere from 3-5 hours, are $600 for an extended visit, $500 for a limited visit, or $400 for a brief visit. Follow ups are $70, $90, or $110 depending on complexity. Total cost depends on how often and how long follow ups are needed.

Click here for a detailed estimate of what to expect for total cost of treatment over time.


 


Do you accept insurance?

 

Unfortunately, most insurance in California will not cover services for naturopathic doctors, therefore we do not submit insurance for you. However, coverage is still subject to your individual plan. You are welcome to submit our invoices to your insurance company for reimbursement if your plan is eligible.

 


Do you accept Medicare/Medicaid?

 

Unfortunately, Medicare and Medicaid will not cover our services.

 

 


 

Do you treat out of state patients?

 

Yes, though we ask that you come in for your first appointment, we can manage all follow up visits long distance via phone or Skype.

 


 

What kind of training do your doctors have?

 

Our doctors are naturopathic doctors. This means they are graduates of an accredited four-year professional level medical school that results in a doctor of naturopathic medicine degree (ND). Students are educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD or DO as well as the latest advances in science in combination with natural approaches to therapy, disease prevention, and clinical education. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine and counseling. Our doctors specifically focused their clinical training in the science and art of homeopathy. Though our doctors are not psychiatrists, their specialty is using homeopathy to treat mental illness and therefore have a great depth of knowledge in the field of psychiatry.

 


 

What is homeopathy?

 

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on the concept of “like cures like”. It works by stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal. Read more…

 

 


 

Is homeopathy safe?

 

Yes, homeopathy is the safest form of medicine there is. It is even safe for young children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. Also, it does not interfere with pharmaceuticals, so it may be used in conjunction with your current medication.

 


 

What are homeopathic medicines made from?

 

Homeopathic remedies are natural medicines made from plants, minerals, and some animal substances, but by far the largest number are made from plants. They are prepared in a very unique way so that the final product used in treatment is highly dilute and, therefore, very safe and non-toxic. Small sugar pellets are moistened with the medicine, then bottled. The most common way to take a homeopathic remedy is to place a few of these pellets under the tongue and allow them to dissolve. Most people, even small children, find that they taste good and are very easy to take.

 


 

Will I be able to get off my current meds?

 

The goal of treatment is to eventually have the patient stable and healthy without the need for medication. However, this goal can sometimes take a while. We are not opposed to medications, as they can sometimes be very helpful for aiding in treatment. We often work with a patient’s established psychiatrist to adjust medication if necessary. We do not recommend that you change any current regimen you are on prior to beginning our treatment. Once you begin to feel better and become more stable, we will discuss slowly weaning you off of meds.

 


 

How quickly can I expect to feel better?

 

Once prescribed the correct remedy, most people notice an improvement in overall well-being within a day. Symptoms then continue to improve each day, until the remedy wears off, at which point improvement will stop. Then a new remedy will need to be prescribed to continue the positive reaction. This process continues until all symptoms have resolved, and the person is in perfect health. The length of this process varies from person to person. Achieving a lasting cure takes time. Feeling better happens much more quickly.

 


 

How long will I need to take the homeopathic remedies?

 

The length of treatment varies from person to person. Some people will only need one remedy throughout the course of their treatment and be completely symptom free within a year or less. Other people will need to change remedies frequently and may need to continue treatment for years to be completely well. In general, the longer you are treated with homeopathy, the healthier you become, the better you feel and the longer the times between needing a new remedy will be.

 


 

Has homeopathy been proven effective?

 

Click here to see our page on homeopathic research.

There are thousands of case reports and a plethora of empirical evidence supporting the effectiveness of homeopathy. There are also some positive studies regarding the effectiveness of homeopathy. However, it faces some particular challenges when it comes to research which we would like to address.

1. Prescription of a homeopathic medicine is completely based on the symptoms of the individual patient. For example, you could have 20 patients with bipolar disorder in a depressive state, and they would each need a different homeopathic remedy based on their unique, individual presentation of the illness. Therefore, it is impossible to do a double blind, placebo controlled trial on the effectiveness of an individual homeopathic remedy for one condition, because there is not one remedy for one condition.

2. The success of homeopathy relies entirely on the skill and prescribing accuracy of the practitioner. The bottom line is, if the incorrect remedy is given, there will not be any improvement or perhaps slight improvement if the remedy is close. Fountainhead Naturopathic only employs and trains the most skilled homeopaths, so we expect to see positive results in all patients.

 


 

What is your success rate for treating bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

 

We are in the process of developing a system for studying the effectiveness of our treatment method in bipolar disorder and other mental illness. Though we have not yet published a study on our clinical outcomes, we estimate about an 80% success rate, meaning patients have continued treatment, with ongoing improvement, or permanent remission of symptoms. Most patients are able to reduce or discontinue medication and remain healthy indefinitely with maintenance treatment.

 

 

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