WHAT IS A NATUROPATH?
Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.
“Naturopathic physicians work in private practices, hospitals, clinics and community health centers. They treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Some can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. Natropathic Doctors are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.” –AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND or in Arizona “Naturopathic Medical Doctor” or NMD), in 17 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces refers exclusively to a medical degree granted by an accredited naturopathic medical school.
While these degrees may be held by people outside of these states and provinces, in most other jurisdictions, the terms are unprotected and may be used by anyone, regardless of educational level. Practitioners who hold such a degree may also legally use the title ‘doctor’ in certain jurisdictions, but not in others. Equivalent professional titles may be reserved for ND/NMDs in other jurisdictions (Naturopathic Doctor, Naturopathic Physician, Naturopath), or there may be no legally protected title. This article discusses the accredited North American degree.