What Naturopathic Medicine Is:
Naturopathic medicine combines traditional, natural therapies with current advances in modern medicine. Naturopathic medicine can be helpful for a broad range of health conditions for people of all ages.
A clinically-trained Naturopathic Doctor attends a rigorous, accredited, four-year post-graduate naturopathic medical school and is educated in all the basic and clinical sciences. Currently there are seven educational institutions in North America that are accredited, residential naturopathic medical schools, and belong to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges.
As part of their education, Naturopathic Doctors become experts in holistic and nontoxic approaches to health with a strong emphasis in their education on disease prevention and health optimization.
Naturopathic training includes the following diagnostic and treatment modalities:
- All methods of clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing; Classes in the first two years of Naturopathic medical college concentrate upon clinical sciences; including pathology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and physical and clinical diagnostic methods.
- Classes in the final two years of naturopathic medical school include clinical rounds in the ND teaching clinic, as well as classes in naturopathic approaches to: gynecology, dermatology, neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, environmental medicine and EENT. Core naturopathic taught include clinical nutrition, detoxification; botanical medicines; all forms of natural medicines, homeopathy; Chinese medicine; Ayurveda; counseling; minor surgery; naturopathic physical medicine; hydrotherapy; ultrasound; and therapeutic exercise.
Upon graduation from Naturopathic medical school, a Naturopathic Doctor takes rigorous national professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction that licenses Naturopathic Doctors.