Naturopathic Doctors (ND) practice a form of medicine that blends centuries-old, natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems. Naturopathic medicine covers all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care, with a special focus on whole-patient wellness.
Naturopathic Doctors tailor their treatment protocols to suit each patient as an individual, placing a strong emphasis upon prevention and self-care. Naturopathic medicine is based upon six fundamental principles:
- The Healing Power of Nature – Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
- Identify and Treat the Causes – Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
- First Do No Harm – Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
- Doctor as Teacher – Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
- Treat the Whole Person – View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
- Prevention – Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention
Graduates from accredited naturopathic medical schools are eligible to practice in any state in which they meet the licensing or state requirements. In Alaska, ND graduates are required to pass rigorous professional board exams in order to be licensed as primary care general practice doctors. Only graduates from CNME-accredited naturopathic medical schools are eligible to sit for the professional board exams in licensed states and provinces.
Naturopathic doctors collaborate with all other branches of medical science, referring patients to other healthcare practitioners when appropriate.