Naturopathic Family Medicine with Dr John Christianson ND, LMT

A comprehensive system of medical care that combines our modern understanding of health and disease with traditional, natural healing techniques. Naturopathic Medicine seeks the underlying cause of disease and assesses the fundamental functions of the body to determine a course of therapy specifically designed for each patients needs. Detailed intakes are performed, indicated physical exams and lab testing are all utilized to get the best picture of the patient’s current state of health to determine the best course of action.

The Pillars Founding Naturopathic Medicine

  • Primum Non Nocere – First of all, do no harm.
  • Vis Medicatric Naturae – To act in cooperation with the healing power of nature.
  • Tolle Causam – To address the fundamental causes of disease.
  • Docere – To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.
  • Praevenire – To practice prevention with patients and the public.

Why see a Naturopath?

The medical intakes are focused on patient care and comprehensive treatment. Time is taken to fully hear what is truly going on and determine what needs to be addressed. The treatment plans work on the body as a whole and are designed with holistic intent, using the best of traditional and modern medicine. Patients are involved in determining a treatment strategy that best fits their ability and needs. Patient education is a strong focus to ensure the treatment protocol is understood and why it was prescribed.

Questions are welcomed and encouraged.

MD vs ND

MD’s are trained to assess, interpret labs, and diagnose while managing conditions with mainly pharmacological approaches.

ND’s are trained to assess, interpret labs, and diagnose while focusing on finding the underlying cause and help the body treat the condition as naturally as possible to improve or resolve the disease state.

Click here to learn more about comparing ND and MD curricula.

What kinds of therapies does Dr. John Christianson utilize?

Therapies include but are not limited to:

  • Diet (tailored to your specific needs, GI function and elimination)
  • Lifestyle Modification (breathing, sleep, exercise, stress management, emotional health)
  • Botanical Medicine (herbs)
  • Nutrient Supplementation (assessing and correcting for imbalances and deficiencies)
  • Hydrotherapy (using hot and cold water applications)
  • Homeopathy
  • Lab Testing (basic and specific testing)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Physical Medicine (physical exams, body work, rock taping for athletic performance and pain management)

What types of conditions are treated?

  • General Practice – Most conditions affecting adults, children, elderly
  • Clinical Nutrition (general health or specific health conditions)
  • Physical/Sports Medicine (body work, Naturopathic physical medicine, pain management, sports/movement taping)
  • Chronic Conditions (allergies, anxiety and depression, asthma, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular, diabetes, digestive, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, insomnia, skin conditions, obesity, women’s health including menstrual issues, menopause, PCOS, PMS, etc.
  • Environmental Medicine (sensitivities to food, perfumes, cleaners, pollen, etc)

What to expect at a visit?

Initial Consultation: 60-90 minutes. The duration depends on the complexity of the case. It is a gathering of information visit, at which recommendations for lab work or testing will be made, based on the patient’s presenting symptoms and history. A focused physical exam with be performed addressing the area of concern.

Follow-up Visits: 30-60 minutes. The test results and treatment plan will be reviewed, discussed and revised as needed.

Between Visits contact via phone or email is encouraged to help clarify and answer questions regarding the current treatment strategy, for more elaborate questions and when changes need to be made to the treatment plan an office visit or official phone visit will be scheduled and fees will apply. Dr. John Christianson will call/email on occasion as well to ensure the current course of action is working and see if it needs to be adjusted.

Does insurance cover naturopathic care?

In the state of Minnesota ND’s are considered out of network providers. Some insurance companies do offer coverage depending on the company and your policy. Ask your insurance company specifically to see if they include Naturopathic Doctors as out of network providers. Flex Spending and Health Savings Accounts are approved for Naturopathic medical care.


Dr. John A Christianson, ND, CMT

Dr. John A. Christianson, ND, CMT, was born and raised in Minnesota and had an interest from a young age in nutrition and natural therapeutic approaches. He has a Bachelors (Summa Cum Laude) in Human Health Studies from Arizona University, a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine www.scnm.edu, a Masters in Acupuncture from Northwestern University of Health Sciences www.nwuhs.edu and is a Certified Massage Therapist. He is a Board certified Naturopathic Doctor, following the standards outlined by the Naturopathic accrediting board.  www.CNME.org. Education has been a large focus of his life as he has sought to understand the body, he is passionate and committed to increasing his knowledge and skills to better aid his patients and feed his own drive to know. 

Adult Initial Intake — $225
Adolescent Initial Intake — $175
Follow Up Visit — $75
Extended Follow Up Visit — $115
Taping — $15-$45
Physical Medicine Add On — $25

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