Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Naturopathic Practices

As there are only about 5000 licensed Naturopathic doctors in the United States, this is likely something that is new for you. We hope our Frequenly Asked Questions on Naturopathy help to answer any questions you may have and ease your mind for treatment.



1. Is Naturopathy Right for you?
Naturopathy is both strong and gentle. It stimulates the body to heal itself. If someone has a short-term illness like a cold or flu, she/he can expect to start to feel better anywhere from 15 minutes to 48 hours. For long-term concerns, it’s understandably a longer process. In general, the longer someone has been sick, the longer it will take to reverse the disease. However, people should expect to make noticeable progress in the short-term as well. Naturopathic medicine is a partnership between the naturopath and the client. The more steps clients are willing to take on their own, the steadier the recovery.


Visiting a Naturopath

1. What to expect at your first visit with a Naturopath.

Please allow 1.5 hours for your first visit. In order to have a clear health picture during the evaluation, you will bring with you the intake form posted on the website. Just click on the ‘Forms” section above, print out the appropriate adult or child form and bring the completed form to your visit.

During this visit, Dr. Lachman will discuss with you your primary concerns in detail; review the health history forms that you have completed; review laboratory testing or imaging results that you have supplied; and, fully review your medications and supplements for possible interactions. Upon completion of this comprehensive assessment, you’ll leave with a comprehensive plan.

Please bring current medications, supplements, and any recent lab work or imaging (blood tests, X-rays, MRI’s, etc.) that you may have. Dr. Lachman is not a medical doctor and will not provide you with a diagnosis; rather these documents will be helpful in supporting your individualized plan. You will leave with a plan for getting started, individualized homeopathic and/or herbal support, and an enriched understanding of your condition and what may be done about it. You will leave with hope and answers.



1. What are homeopathic remedies?
Homeopathic remedies are FDA-approved medicines made from small amounts of natural substances, including plants, minerals, and animal substances. They are highly diluted and given in very small doses to eliminate adverse reactions. They are generally prepared in small pellets that dissolve under the tongue, but these pellets can also be added to water.
2. How popular is homeopathy?
Homeopathic remedies are widely used in primary care settings in many parts of the world, including Europe, India, and South America. It is utilized by family practice doctors in these countries. In fact, homeopathy is one of the top three treatment modalities practiced in 11 out of 14 surveyed European countries.
3. Are there side effects to homeopathic remedies?
Homeopathic remedies act on your body to increase well-being and healing. Each individual may respond to them differently. It is difficult to know which symptoms will improve first, or if any aggravations will occur along the path to healing. When patients have adopted our Basic Treatment Guidelines, we find side effects, if any, are minimized during the healing process.
4. Do I stop taking my prescribed medicines while on a homeopathic remedy?
Homeopathic remedies do not directly interfere with any medications. However, because they stimulate your body to heal, you may find that the dose of the medicine you are currently taking may become too much for you as your health improves. Working closely with any physician who prescribed drugs for your condition is therefore important.
5. Can homeopathy be used in children?
Due to the gentle nature of the treatment, homeopathy is frequently used on children worldwide. In the United States, homeopathy is becoming increasingly popular with doctors working with children with ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and autism.
6. How effective is homeopathic medicine?
Numerous studies have been done on the safety and efficacy of homeopathic medicines. Studies have shown that improvement was significant for conditions not limited to: female concerns, diarrhea in children, respiratory tract complaints,. musculoskeletal problems, hay fever, asthma, depression and pain management. Additionally, clinical experience has shown that it can be effective in a wide range of mental, emotional, and physical concerns.
7. How is seeing a Naturopath for Homeopathy different from purchasing remedies sold in health food stores?
Naturopathic doctors have hundreds of hours of training in homeopathy. Homeopathy is different from allopathic medicines. An allopathic medicine may temporarily relieve symptoms but does nothing to strengthen the body’s ability to heal itself from the condition. For a particular condition, your naturopath may prescribe any number of homeopathic remedies over the course of your healing, and these are based on your specific symptoms and on you as a whole person. This is why a well-prescribed remedy may result in the increased ability of a person to fully recover over the course of treatment.
8. Are homeopathy treatments expensive?
Homeopathy treatments are very low in cost. Depending on your present concerns, remedies are priced at approximately $10 or $20 and are given one remedy at a time, or in sets of 3. Other nutritional or botanical preparations will also be added depending on your condition.


Botanical Medicine

1. Are botanical medicines too gentle to really do anything for my condition?
If you don’t think natural compounds are strong, you’ve never cut up a jalapeño and then touched your eye! Even today, 70-90% of the world relies on herbal medicine. For example, we all use herbs all the time in the kitchen. And natural herbs like Rosemary, and even peppercorns are both antiseptic and antibacterial, which is why we use them when cooking with meat.
2. Can herbs interact with medicines?
There are a lot of interactions between herbs and medicines. That is why it is imperative that if you are on medications and are thinking of taking an herbal supplement from the natural foods store, that you consult with your Naturopathic doctor or registered herbalist who are experts on herbs and their contraindications.
3. There are so many studies on the effectiveness of herbs, how do I know I am getting the right information?
Any study on herbs that does not include a herbalist or Naturopathic physician should be subject to scrutiny. Second, studies have to be done on the correct part of the plant, like the root or the leaf. And lastly, the study has to use enough of the herb to have a therapeutic effect. It is easy to say an herb doesn’t work if you don’t give the correct dosage. Your Naturopath uses herbs that meet these criteria.
4. Is it true that drugs are synthesized from man-made substances?
Actually, many drugs are derived from herbs. In fact, over 120 of the most commonly used drugs in our country are derived from plant products. Aspirin, for example, comes from the bark of a willow tree. (However, an herbal remedy from this same tree doesn’t produce the unpleasant side effect of stomach ulcers like aspirin does!). Many anti-cancer drugs also come from plants, and more are being researched all the time.