Frequently Asked Questions

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies.

Naturopathic medicine addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. Treatment modalities may include clinical nutrition, herbal and homeopathic medicine, physical treatments, vitamins, minerals, amino acids therapy, etc. The primary goal of Naturopathic medicine is to address the cause of the illness rather than simply treating or suppressing symptoms. While Naturopathic doctors can alleviate symptoms, they are primarily concerned with addressing the root cause of an illness: the focus is more on the why of a disease than the what.

How is a naturopathic physician different from a regular physician?

Naturopathic doctors focus on treatment of the whole person, not just the symptoms. For example, if you have chronic heart burn a traditional doctor may give you antacids and tell you to only follow up if they don’t work. A Naturopathic Doctor would try to figure out if you had food intolerance, food allergies, chronic anxiety or even a bacterial infection – all of which can cause heart burn.

What conditions benefit from Naturopathic health care?

There are natural solutions for many medical health problems. Naturopathic medicine encompasses a wide range of treatments that can help the entire family, from newborns to the elderly. Because naturopathy applies a holistic and preventative approach to treatment, one type of treatment or a combination of therapies may be used for a variety of common health concerns, including:

  • Allergies
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hormone issues
  • Menstrual/Menopausal issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Cholesterol
  • Chronic inflammatory disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Migraines
  • Thyroid

Can Dr. Young be my primary care doctor?

Yes. Dr. Young is a primary care doctor for a majority of our patients.

Do you take insurance?

We do not accept insurance and Young Wellness Center is not an insurance provider under any insurance plans. California has not approved insurance coverage for naturopathic services.

We do accept payment via cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

While our doctors are not a network provider with any insurance plans, you may be able to receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company for your visit. Additionally, many of our laboratory tests ARE covered by insurance which offers are patients a significant savings.

Please check with your insurance company to determine if your plan includes out-of-network benefits. If so, you could submit a statement from your consultation directly to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.

Do you see patients that aren’t in the Bay Area?

Absolutely! Unless you are receiving a specific treatment that requires you to be in our Los Gatos, CA office, our doctors see patients virtually all over the country and internationally.

What can I expect in my first appointment?

We spend time during your first visit getting to know you – your health history, your lifestyle, your environment and your wellness goals.

After taking an extensive history, conducting the appropriate physical exams and ordering necessary laboratory testing we will develop an individualized treatment plan that perfectly fits your needs. We will develop a partnership with you to help you take an active role in the healing process. During our visits we will provide education so you not only get healthy, but stay healthy.

Health is your most precious asset. As such, you want to put your health and wellness in the hands of a professional who is knowledgeable, experienced and concerned about your well-being.

What is your cancellation policy?

As our doctors are in high demand (and often book out months in advance), 48 business hours notice is required to cancel appointments. If you miss your appointment or do not cancel at least 48 business hours prior to your scheduled appointment, you will be charged 100% of the appointment fee; this applies to both existing and new patients.

How soon can I be seen?

Our clinic is world renowned for the patient care we provide and is often booked out 6 weeks to 3 months. We do our absolute best to see new patients as soon as possible with the availability of your schedule and the schedule of the providers. We also have a wait list, so in the event that a new patient appointment becomes available, we will call you to get you seen sooner.

How much is a typical initial visit?

An initial visit with the doctor is $345 for 45 – 60 minutes. If asked to complete a blood draw the cost of the blood draw is $45.00 (this does not include the review of labs.)

Is blood work done in office or do I have to go to another location?

As a convenience to our patients, we provide the services for blood work in office the same day as your appointment. Lab results can take anywhere between 1-4 weeks to come in depending on the test that were ran through the blood work.

Are you open on the weekend?

Currently we are not open on weekends. We are currently open Monday – Friday 6:15am to 5pm.

Do you see kids?

Yes, we see lots of tiny humans in our practice. In fact, once the primary patient comes in, it is typical for us to begin seeing the entire family. The only service we do not provide is a signature for vaccination on forms for school.