Naturopathic and Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a system of health care that addresses the root causes of illness and promotes healing using natural therapies. Naturopathic physicians integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. Naturopathic physicians are primary care physicians in the state of Oregon.

What training do naturopathic physicians have?

Naturopathic physicians attend a 4-year doctorate program at one of four accredited naturopathic medical schools in the US. We complete over 1000 hours of clinical training in a variety of specialties including primary care, women’s health, cardiovascular medicine, physical medicine, IV therapy, environmental medicine, minor surgery, and more.

What type of treatments are offered?

Naturopathic physicians use a variety of treatment modalities including nutrition and exercise, nutritional supplementation, homeopathy, herbal medicine, detoxification protocols, hydrotherapy, and pharmaceutical medicine. Specific treatments used depend on the medical condition and needs of the patient.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

No, acupuncture should not hurt. A momentary prick is often felt around the needle as it is inserted, eventually creating a dull pressure or tingling around the area during the treatment. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment. The needles are so small that many acupuncture needles can fit within the bevel of a typical needle used for injections.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

As long as acupuncture is performed by a competent practitioner, it is is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use sterile and disposable needles that are discarded after one use.

What Can I Expect From a Visit With Dr. Touchet?

The first time you meet me, I will take time to understand your health concerns and to get to know you personally. What is covered during the visit will vary slightly depending on whether you are seeking naturopathic medicine, Chinese medicine or both. My top priority in the first appointment is to really understand your history and your health goals and discuss how I can best partner with you to achieve the level of wellness you desire.

An initial naturopathic appointment will be 90 minutes, and it will include:

  • Thorough medical history
  • Review of medications, supplements, allergies
  • Review of any recent labs and/or imaging results
  • Pertinent physical exams
  • Discussion of your concerns and your health goals
  • Explanation of her approach to care
  • Discussion of her medical evaluation and next steps
  • Laboratory orders
  • A treatment plan to help you begin your journey to wellness will be given and explained. Often this treatment plan will be expanded at the follow-up visit after laboratory results are received.

An initial Chinese medicine appointment will be 90 minutes, and it will include:

  • Thorough medical history
  • Review of medications, supplements, allergies
  • Chinese pulse palpation
  • Tongue observation diagnosis
  • Discussion of your concerns and your health goals
  • Explanation of her approach to care
  • Discussion of her Chinese medical evaluation
  • Acupuncture treatment, generally lasting 20-30 minutes
  • Possible Chinese herbal prescription, explained 

Your follow-up appointments will be 60 minutes long. Naturopathic follow-ups will generally be scheduled once monthly.  After your first naturopathic appointment, a follow-up may be scheduled 2 weeks later to review labs. Follow-up appointments for Chinese medicine are typically scheduled once weekly for 5 weeks. After 5 appointments, further follow-ups will be scheduled on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

This depends entirely on your needs and your personal health goals. My aspiration as a doctor is to treat the roots of disease and help you resolve them, so that you may have vital health. This is in contrast to offering quick fixes that only work temporarily if at all. As a result, this type of healthcare requires work on your part and time. As you progress through treatments, it will likely feel like symptoms progressively peel off like layers of an onion. It is entirely up to you to decide when you are satisfied and feel that you have enough tools in your self-care tool box. My experience has shown me that those who are dedicated and engage in regular care have the best results for the long term.

Do You Accept Insurance?

I do accept insurance. It is important that you call with your insurance information at least several days prior to your appointment so that your benefits may be checked.

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine?

In my experience, nearly all conditions can be treated by Naturopathic and Chinese medicine. I recommend setting up a free 15 minute consult to see if Naturopathic and Chinese medicine is a good match for you.