Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of health care emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health.

Most NDs use a combination of mainstream and alternative medications while aiming to address the root cause of their patient’s issue. NDs can prescribe medications and even preform minor surgery in states where they are licensed.

Telehealth NDs or NDs who are practicing in a state where NDs are not yet licensed often focus on alternative modalities such as herbs, supplements, nutrition, homeopathics, physical medicine or manipulation, and a multitude of other holistic approaches.

6 Guiding Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

primum non nocere

First, do no harm

vis medicatrix naturae

Cooperate with the healing power of nature

tolle causam

Identify and treat the root cause


Doctor as teacher

tolle totum

Treat the whole person


Focus on prevention

Training & Accreditation

Naturopathic physicians must attend a 4 year accredited medical school following a bachelor’s degree. These programs include education in botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, hydrotherapy, pharmaceuticals, and mind-body medicine, as well as diagnostics, imaging, and laboratory interpretation.

During the last two years of school, NDs are required to do many hours of clinical rotations in addition to their schoolwork. Following graduation, naturopathic doctors must sit for and pass a rigorous board examination prior to becoming licensed NDs.

You can learn more about naturopathic licensure and qualifications at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians