About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) attend accredited 4-year graduate level programs at one of 6 schools in the US or 2 in Canada. Prior to admission they must have completed a bachelor’s degree, including pre-med based science courses. The schooling itself consists of biomedical sciences, the same as required for their conventional counterparts, including laboratory diagnosis and pharmacology training, as well as training in natural therapies and clinical training. Licensed naturopathic doctors have passed two rigorous national licensing exams.
While no two naturopathic doctors practice in exactly the same way, they are bound together by a few principles that influence the way that they address health and disease.
- Naturopathic doctors treat the person, not the disease.
- Emphasis is on individualized care, rather than a one-size fits all approach.
- Treatments focus on using natural therapies to stimulate the body to heal and support weakened systems – not on suppressing symptoms.
- Naturopathic doctors integrate the use of natural medicine with modern diagnostic techniques, giving patients a truly holistic approach to health and wellness.
*Results of services will vary from person to person.