Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Discover a realm of evidence-based interventions that elevate mental well-being. Our Complementary and Alternative Medicine approach, backed by research and clinical expertise, addresses the intricate dimensions of mental health. From diagnosis to personalized care plans, we're committed to providing comprehensive solutions that nurture your holistic vitality.
What is CAM?
Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) encompasses a diverse range of healthcare practices and therapies that extend beyond conventional medicine. It emphasizes holistic approaches, often integrating natural remedies, mind-body techniques, and traditional healing methods. CAM acknowledges the importance of treating the individual as a whole, focusing on wellness, and empowering patients to take an active role in their health and well-being.
The philosophy of Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) centers on a holistic and patient-centered approach to health and healing. CAM emphasizes the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit, recognizing that each person is unique and may respond differently to treatments. It promotes the use of natural and non-invasive therapies, often focusing on prevention and addressing the root causes of illness rather than just alleviating symptoms. CAM encourages active patient participation, self-care, and the belief that the body has innate healing abilities when given the right support.
Who will benefit?
Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) offers potential benefits to a wide spectrum of individuals. Those seeking natural and holistic approaches to health, individuals looking to enhance overall well-being, manage chronic conditions, reduce stress, or alleviate symptoms often find value in CAM therapies. CAM can be especially beneficial for those seeking personalized and patient-centered care that emphasizes prevention, empowerment, and the mind-body connection. It provides options for those interested in integrating complementary therapies with conventional medical treatments, offering a more comprehensive approach to healthcare.
Elevating well-being beyond conventional methods
Experience a spectrum of natural therapies, nutrition guidance, and mind-body interventions that seamlessly integrate with traditional care. Our Complementary & Alternative Medicine approach empowers you with comprehensive tools for mental health, offering a harmonious blend of science and nature.
Unlock your body's innate healing abilities with a holistic practice that promotes well-being through natural methods, personalized care, and lifestyle adjustments.
Discover the profound impact of nutrition on your mind and body. Our expert guidance fosters well-being, bridging the gap between nourishment and mental resilience.
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Meet Dr. Victoria Chan
Dr. Victoria Chan, ND, is a Naturopathic Physician with expertise in Naturopathic Psychiatry, focusing on conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress, fatigue, attention disorders, sleep problems, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorders, and PTSD. She serves as a Board Member of PsychANP (The Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians) and is the creator of The Banish Anxiety Method®. Dr. Chan holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the renowned integrative medical institution, Bastyr University, and has conducted research in Clinical, Social, and Cognitive Psychology.
How to schedule your healing session
At IBHM, we firmly believe that exceptional healthcare begins with meticulous planning. Our philosophy revolves around the idea that every individual is unique, and so are their healthcare needs. To ensure you receive the best possible treatment, we prioritize careful planning at every step of your journey with us. Here's how our commitment to better planning works:
Embarking on your path to holistic well-being is easy. Contact us, and our patient coordinator will gather some information to better understand your health needs and objectives. Begin your journey now by filling out the appointment form or calling 650-770-1416.
Our discovery call is an opportunity where you could learn more about this service, discuss your health concerns, and determine if naturopathic medicine is the right path for you.
Getting complete intake information is a foundational step in healthcare that ensures the safety, accuracy, and effectiveness of patient care. It helps our doctor’s make informed decisions, tailor treatments, and provide the best possible care.
That's it! You are all set on your recovery journey with a treatment plan tailor made for you which combines the best of modern science and natural medicine.
Please note, this service operates on a cash-only basis since the majority of insurance payors do not recognize Naturopathic Doctors as credentialed practitioners. However, certain insurance plans may offer coverage for these services and provide partial reimbursement. We will provide a detailed invoice for your records which can be used for reimbursement from your insurance payor. Most labs will be covered by your insurance, however please check with your insurance if any labwork is not covered by them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to some of he common questions. If you are looking for something specific, please get in touch with us.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Its a “System of healthcare” that:
i) Treats the whole person (not just the symptoms)
ii) Uses “least harmful” treatments (whether that’s pharmaceuticals or complementary modalities)
iii) Emphasis on prevention, treating root causes, and personalized treatment plans.
Are Naturopathic Doctors against pharmaceuticals?
a) No, NDs are trained in pharmacology, understand drugs’ merit, and know when they're clinically necessary.
b) NDs ultimately believe in first prescribing treatments that do the least harm (while still being effective) for each specific case.
c) Sometimes pharmaceuticals are that answer.
d) But NDs understand that pharmaceuticals are not the only solution that should be automatically prescribed for every situation.
Are Naturopatic Doctors (NDs) trained like MDs/DOs?
Like MD/DO, ND also:
a) Attend 4-year nationally-accredited medical school
b) Learned Biomedical sciences, Pharmacology, Clinical research, Medical ethics, Evidence-based medicine
c) Go through more than 1200 hours of clinical training
d) Practice medicine (physical exams, labs, diagnose, treat)
e) Training with procedures (IV, injections, minor surgery, etc.)
f) Pass rigorous medical licensing exams
g) More information: www.aanmc.org/comparing-nd-md-curricula
NDs also learn
a) Nutrition, supplements, botanical medicine, counseling, lifestyle management
Insurance Related Questions
Do you accept insurance for Naturopathy and other CAM related services?
Naturopathic Doctors are currently considered ‘out-of-network’ providers, meaning that you would pay the session fee at the time of service.
We can provide a super bill upon request. Then you may submit your super bill to your insurance provider. Based on your policy & plan, your insurance may reimburse you a portion of that cost.
Does insurance cover lab testing & supplements?
Depending on your insurance plan, it may cover your labs, imaging, supplements, and/or pharmaceuticals. Please contact your health insurance prior to the appointment to determine what exactly is covered with your plan.
What is the cost for a visit?
We are dedicated to comprehensively exploring the many tangential body systems that affect mental health. Hence the appointment cost may vary depending on the type and duration of your session. The cost for a visit is $450 for a 60 minute session.
Treatment Related Questions
What to expect from your first visit?
Naturopathic medicine is a personalized approach to healthcare that relies on your active participation for optimal results.
Before your visit:
You will be required to complete a comprehensive intake form, enabling your provider to gain a thorough understanding of your complete health background.
During this appointment our provider will:
a) Conduct a detailed analysis, piecing together your medical concerns, symptoms, history, lifestyle, previous labs/imaging, and other relevant factors.
b) Review your current medications and supplements, brainstorming strategies for optimizing your regimen.
c) Recommend specific lab work to uncover underlying causes.
d) Prioritize and outline your treatment options.
e) Initiate the initial phase of your transformative care journey.
What treatment modalities are recommended by Naturopathic Doctors (NDs)?
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) commonly recommend a range of treatment approaches, which may include supplements, nutrition, herbal medicine, lifestyle optimization, medications (in specific situations), and Naturopathic Psychiatry.
How does Naturopathic Psychiatry differ from traditional psychiatry?
Naturopathic Psychiatry distinguishes itself from traditional psychiatry by integrating natural and holistic approaches to mental health alongside conventional psychiatric treatments. While traditional psychiatry primarily employs pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy, Naturopathic Psychiatry places emphasis on lifestyle modifications, nutritional interventions, herbal remedies, and mindfulness techniques to address mental health concerns. It takes a holistic view of the patient, considering the interconnectedness of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This approach aims to minimize side effects and focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of mental health issues rather than solely managing symptoms with medication.