See also our Neurostructural Integration Technique FAQ
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Founded upon a holistic
philosophy, naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective
traditional therapies with the most current advances in modern
medicine. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for the management of
a broad range of health conditions affecting all people of all ages.
Naturopathic physicians (N.D.s)
are the highest trained practitioners in the broadest scope of
naturopathic medical modalities. In addition to the basic medical
sciences and conventional diagnostics, naturopathic education
includes therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy,
natural childbirth, classical Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy,
naturopathic manipulative therapy, pharmacology and minor surgery.
the Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is
based on six core principles that guide all treatment decisions:
- First, do no harm (Primum
- Work with the healing
power of nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
- Find and treat the
cause of disease, not just the symptoms (Tolle causam)
- Doctor as teacher (Docere)
- Treat the whole person
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic health care focuses primarily on spinal function and
its relationship to the nervous system and overall health.
The science of chiropractic is based on the premise that good
health depends, in part, on a normally functioning nervous system.
Chiropractic principle emphasizes that the body is a
self-regulating, self-healing organism and that body function is
controlled and coordinated by the brain, spinal cord and the nerves
that branch throughout the body.
The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and
remove spinal dysfunction and nerve interference, returning the body
to its natural state of health and wellness.
is Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST)?
Considered by many to be the world’s leading technique in structural and
spinal therapy for lasting pain removal and rejuvenation, this gentle hands-on
therapy can produce significant pain relief in as little as 2-3 treatments in
See our Neurostructural Integration Technique FAQ
for more details.
Is Homeopathy the
same as naturopathy, or herbs?
No. Homeopathy is a system
of medical therapy that uses very small doses of medicines, or
remedies. These remedies are prepared from substances found in
nature. The homeopathic doctor chooses the proper remedy for the
individual patient according to the Law of Similars.
This law states "like cures like," or that a
medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause similar sickness in
a healthy person. Remedies
are made from dilute preparations of minerals, plants, or animal
Homeopathy is one
therapeutic modality practiced by naturopathic physicians.
Some doctors choose to focus more exclusively on homeopathic
practice, but naturopathy covers a broader scope of therapies (see
“What is Naturopathic Medicine?” above).
Herbs, or botanical medicines, are used full-strength
according to naturopathic principles to produce specific
What services are offered
at Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic?
These services are offered:
- Neurostructural Integration Technique: a gentle, hands-on therapy for pain
- Physical exams
- Women’s exams / Pap smears
- Clinical nutrition
- Chiropractic adjustments
- : an
exciting new therapeutic lifestyle program for achieving
optimal body weight, and reducing the risk of chronic diseases,
including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Read
more about it!
- Counseling, using various mind-body techniques (such as
breathing exercises, Emotional Freedom Technique, Sedona Method,
and labyrinth walking) for the management of negative
Does Dr. Peters prescribe pharmaceutical drugs?
No. Natural medicine has a tremendous impact on unleashing
the body's inherent powers for self-healing. In some cases,
though, pharmaceutical drugs may be appropriate and necessary as
part of an overall treatment plan; in such instances, Dr. Peters
will refer you to your medical physician.
What is the training
of the doctor?
Andrew Peters, DC, ND,
graduated summa cum laude from the National College of
Chiropractic (near Chicago) in 1997.
His experience includes over 3 years in chiropractic practice
in Wisconsin. Dr.
Peters earned his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree in
2004 from Bastyr University
in Seattle, the nation’s premier
naturopathic medical school. Dr. Peters continues his training through professional
continuing education programs, especially in classical homeopathy.
Does Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic accept insurance?
Dr. Andrew Peters is a provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of
We also accept worker's compensation and personal injury cases. Other
insurance plans are accepted at an out-of-network rate.
is limited to chiropractic benefits. Our office will assist you
in obtaining coverage information.
CINHC also accepts Visa, Master Card, and Discover.
Is Naturopathic Medicine licensed in Illinois?
No. Dr. Peters is a licensed Chiropractic Physician in Illinois,
and a licensed Naturopathic Physician in Washington State.
The broad scope of practice law for Chiropractic Physicians
in Illinois allows Dr. Peters to employ all the diagnostic and
therapeutic modalities used at Central Illinois Natural Health
Dr. Peters participate in any multi-level marketing companies?
No. Central Illinois
Natural Health Clinic and Dr. Peters maintain a policy of not participating in
multi-level marketing (a.k.a. MLM or "network marketing")
companies. While some of these companies' products may be of good quality
and have therapeutic value, there are often less expensive alternatives
available from reputable professional manufacturers. Other products are
merely over-hyped and have no scientific validity.
Most importantly, our primary mission is the establishment of an effective
doctor-patient relationship, based on naturopathic principles,
to assist you in achieving your health goals. The commercial
incentives that form the basis for MLM companies have the potential to interfere
with that relationship.