FAQ

Please visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians FAQ area for the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource.  

What is a naturopathic doctor (ND)?

A naturopathic doctor is a primary care physician (depending on state law) that focuses on prevention and the self-healing process. NDs follow Naturopathic Principles and Naturopathic Therapeutic Order.

Are naturopathic doctors licensed in Illinois?

Naturopathic doctors are not currently licensed in the state of Illinois. Bills have been introduced in the state legislature that provide nomenclature to license naturopathic doctors. Professional licensure is necessary to ensure the public has access to properly trained and educated naturopathic doctors.

Which states license naturopathic doctors?

For the most updated list of licensed and regulated states and territories, please visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: Regulated States and Regulated Authorities.

What is the difference between a naturopath and a naturopathic doctor?

Naturopathic doctors attend an accredited naturopathic medical school, sit for board exams and are eligible for licensure. Naturopaths receive an online degree and are not eligible for licensure.

Are naturopaths doctors?

No, naturopaths are not doctors. However, some people call naturopathic doctors, naturopaths. It gets very confusing, but we prefer to separate the two. Naturopathic doctors attend an accredited naturopathic medical school, sit for board exams and are eligible for licensure. Naturopaths receive an online degree and are not eligible for licensure.

Is a NMD a medical doctor?

The NMD designation is Naturopathic Medical Doctor and is used in licensed states that have reserved that designation in their laws.