Naturopathic Medicine

What is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor?

Naturopathic physicians are Doctors/Licensed Primary Care Providers with Prescription Rights (prescribing up to DEA Class II narcotics) who are specialists in holistic diagnosis and natural therapeutics. They are trained to seek out the least invasive intervention required to effect a cure. This often includes changes in diet, counseling, and lifestyle modification, which may require the use of medications, physical therapeutics, or minor surgery. Naturopathic doctors always look for the underlying cause of the illness and do not just focus on the most apparent symptoms. Naturopathic physicians can refer to specialists as needed, either within their own profession or to their allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) colleagues.

Licensed Naturopathic Physicians receive extensive didactic and clinical training in the following modalities:

  • Pharmaceutical (Conventional) Medicines - DEA numbers and Prescriptions up to class II narcotics
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Dietary Supplementation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Naturopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Botanical (Herbal) Medicines
  • Homeopathic Medicines
  • Minor Surgery

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care profession emphasizing:

  • Prevention and treatment of disease
  • Maintenance of optimal health
  • Promotion of the individual's inherent self-healing process

Naturopathic medicine accomplishes health care using holistic diagnosis in conjunction with the following therapies:

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Botanical medicine
  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Physical medicine
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Pharmaceutical medicine
  • Minor surgery

All modern licensed naturopathic physicians have a Doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) from a federally recognized medical school. Their education includes:

  • The same premedical undergraduate coursework required by other schools of medicine
  • A competitive application and admission process
  • Graduation from a four-year, federally recognized, naturopathic medical school
  • Two years of supervised clinical internship
  • Residency programs

Naturopathic medical students study the same basic and clinical sciences as do other medical students, and in addition, a full spectrum of natural medicines and therapies.

How are Naturopathic Physicians Trained?

As primary care providers, naturopathic physicians use:

  • Standard medical diagnostic techniques such as extensive health history, physical examination, blood tests, radiology and other standard laboratory procedures
  • Holistic interpretation in order to find the underlying cause of the disease process
  • Natural medicines and therapies as the first line of treatment and rational use of drugs and surgery

With advanced board certifications, some naturopathic physicians also practice as certified specialists.

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