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What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

  • A legitimate naturopathic doctor (ND) attends an in-residence nationally accredited four-year graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD), but also studies holistic and non-toxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. Qualified NDs undergo rigorous training and must pass national board exams (NPLEX). In addition to a standard medical curriculum, an ND also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling.

  • NDs combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles, and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, NDs help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is an NDs role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.

  • NDs work in private practices, hospitals, clinics and community health centers and practice throughout the United States and Canada. NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.


Accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools


The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical College's (AANMC) accredited naturopathic schools meet both federal and academic standards. For your protection, ensure that any ND you visit has graduated from one of the following naturopathic medical schools:

Bastyr University  

14500 Juanita Dr. NE 

Kenmore, WA 98028-4966  

Phone: (425) 823-1300, Fax: (425) 823-6222    

Bastyr University - California Campus  

4106 Sorrento Valley Boulevard  

San Diego, CA 92121-1407  

Phone: (858) 246-9700, Fax: (858) 246-9710    

National University of Natural Medicine  

049 SW Porter St. 

Portland, OR 97201  

Phone: (503) 552-1555    

National University of Health Sciences  

200 East Roosevelt Road  

Lombard, IL 60148  

Phone: (630) 629-2000, Fax: (630) 889-6499    

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine   

2140 E. Broadway Rd. 

Tempe, AZ 85282  

Phone: (480) 858-9100, Fax (480) 858.9116    

University of Bridgeport - College of Naturopathic Medicine    

60 Lafayette Street 

Bridgeport, CT 06604  

Phone: (800) EXCEL UB (392-3582) ext. 4108    

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine  

1255 Sheppard Avenue East 

Toronto, Ontario, M2K 1E2  

Phone: (416) 498-1255, Toll Free: 1-866-241-2266    

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine  

300-435 Columbia Street 

New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 5N8  

Phone: 604-777-9981, Fax: 604-777-9982  

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