Naturopathic Physicians hold a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from a four-year, gradute-level, federally recognized and accredited naturopathic medical school. These schools train physician-level practitioners in diagnosis and scientifically based treatment with emphasis on natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct, comprehensive system of healthcare emphasizing the use of natural therapies in health promotion and disease prevention
Naturopathic physicians are trained as integrative doctors who emphasize the use of natural therapies to treat acute and chronic illnesses and to provide preventative treatment to individuals and families.
Naturopathic physicians diagnose by taking thorough histories, performing physical examinations and ordering laboratory tests. Naturopathic physicians use a variety of natural and non-invasive therapies, including:
- clinical nutrition
- nutritional supplementation
- herbal medicine
- lifestyle counseling
- physical medicine and hydrotherapy.
Naturopathic physicians work in private practice or in integrated settings with other medical providers such as conventional medical doctors and osteopathic physicians. The result is a patient-centered, comprehensive approach that provides the most appropriate treatment for an individual’s needs. Naturopathic physicians educate patients about why they are unwell and provide the tools for achieving optimal health.