Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and distinct system of health care that emphasizes the use of prevention and natural therapeutics. The doctors who practice naturopathic medicine, called naturopathic doctors (NDs), are trained to serve as primary care general practitioners who are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of both acute and chronic health conditions.
Naturopathic medicine is defined as “a system of primary health care practiced by doctors of naturopathic medicine for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human health conditions, injuries, and diseases that uses education, natural medicines and therapies to support and stimulate the individual’s intrinsic self-healing processes.”
Naturopathic doctors are trained at accredited, four-year, post-graduate, residential naturopathic medical programs. The training consists of comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, histology, immunology, clinical and physical diagnosis, and laboratory diagnosis in the first two years. The last two years include training in areas such as cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, along with learning the many methods of naturopathic therapeutics. This includes homeopathy, botanical medicine, naturopathic lab testing, nutritional supplements, and thorough nutritional analysis.