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Naturopathic medicine is based upon a holistic approach to disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Naturopathic medicine bridges traditional nature-based therapies and conventional allopathic medicine. The goal of a naturopathic physician is to employ the most effective and safe, yet least invasive and toxic therapies that support and promote the body’s innate healing process.
A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) receives a four-year graduate-level education and is trained in the same core sciences as conventional medical doctors. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, counseling, hydrotherapy, IV therapy, physical medicine, minor surgery and pharmacology. Training also includes an applied clinical apprenticeship during the last two years of school. A large focus of the academic and clinical education is primary care medicine, although some naturopaths ultimately choose to informally specialize in one aspect of the medicine. A naturopathic doctor then takes rigorous professional federal and state board exams in order to become licensed.
Not all NDs have the same education, so please ask questions about medical training and make sure your naturopath has attended an accredited school in order to receive the best care.
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