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NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that concentrates on whole-patient wellness while emphasizing prevention and the process of self-healing using natural therapies, deeply rooted in both philosophy and practice. Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient’s condition rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment. 


Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy), public health measures, hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection therapy, and naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth).

Naturopathic physicians are clinically trained primary care physicians who have graduated from a four-year naturopathic medical school. They work with patients in all aspects of family health to identify the underlying causes of disease and provide evidence informed therapies to help facilitate the body’s ability to restore and maintain optimal health.


Naturopathic medicine is guided by the following principles:

  • The body has an innate capability to heal itself and will do so when under the right conditions.
  • Identifying and treating the root cause of disease is essential to long-term health.
  • The doctor should teach his/her patients how to care for and heal themselves.
  • The doctor should look at his/her patients from a holistic perspective, considering all aspects of the individual which contribute to health, including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental health.
  • Preventative medicine should be practiced, including encouragement of healthy living, in order to mitigate future health issues.
  • Above all else, use the least-invasive therapies possible to achieve maximum healing and, with that, do no harm.

Naturopathic Doctors will utilize various therapies, including lifestyle counseling such as addressing diet, exercise, sleep habits and stress management, along with natural interventions such as botanical medicine (herbs), nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies. 


Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care physicians (PCPs) in a 4-year post-graduate medical school program. Programs are extensive, as they include learning not only the conventional methods of diagnosis and treatment, but also all the various ways to utilize natural medicine for health and healing. Upon graduation, many Naturopathic Doctors will complete a residency in their area of interest. Some choose to practice as PCPs, but most will practice in private clinics, practicing traditional naturopathic medicine as outlined abov

Naturopathic Medicine is Good for Rhode Island

 Naturopathic doctors have been at the forefront of the evolution of integrative medicine. In the last thirty years, the profession has grown from one that included just a few hundred practitioners who were licensed in 6 states, and a single naturopathic medical school.  There are now 8 naturopathic medical schools recognized by the Federal Department of Education and approximately 6,000 licensed practitioners in 22 U.S. jurisdictions. 

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Naturopathic Medicine FAQ's

· How are naturopathic doctors educated, trained, and licensed?

· What are the Differences between how MDs and DOs and naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained?

· What are prerequisites for admission into an accredited naturopathic medical school?

· What are the accredited naturopathic medical schools?

· What about licensure and certification?

· What is Naturopathic Medicine?

· Under what circumstances should I choose to see a naturopathic doctor?

· What is the difference between a licensed naturopathic doctor and an unlicensed naturopath? 

· How should I choose a naturopathic doctor?

· How does naturopathic medicine lower health care costs?

· How do naturopathic doctors help people manage chronic pain without highly addictive opioids?

· How do naturopathic doctors and conventionally trained doctors work together?

· How does naturopathic medicine support breast cancer prevention and treatment?

· How do naturopathic doctors empower people to take control of their health?

· How do naturopathic doctors treat patients with diabetes?

· Is Naturopathic Medicine Safe?

· How do naturopathic doctors help prevent and treat cervical dysplasia and Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

· Why do naturopathic doctos spend between one and two hours with patients in an appointment?

· How do naturopathic doctors prevent and treat heart diseasee?

· What do naturopathic doctors mean by the healing power of nature?

· How do naturopathic doctors diagnose and treat digestive complaints?

· What advanced nutrition training do naturopathic doctors receive?

· What do naturopathic doctors mean by identify and treat the root cause?

· How do naturopathic doctors help address fertility and infertility?

· How do naturopathic doctors help women during perimenopause?

· Why is doctor as teacher a principle of naturopathic medicine?

· How do naturopathic doctors help address men's health?

· Why are a growing number of medical doctors (MDs) working collaboratively with naturopathic doctors (NDs)?

· What advanced training do NDs have in behavioral medicine?

· What do naturopathic doctors mean by treat the whole person?

· How do naturopathic doctors help people manage blood pressure?

· What do naturopathic doctors mean by first do no harm?

· How and why do naturopathic doctors use botanical medicine?

· Why and how do naturopathic doctors focus on prevention?

· How do naturopathic doctors treat anxiety? 

· How do naturopathic doctors treat ADHD?

· How do naturopathic doctors help prevent cognitive decline?

· How do naturopathic doctors diagnose and treat Chron's disease and ulcerative colitis?

· How do naturopathic doctors treat hypothyroidism?

· Who ensures the quality of naturopathic medical schools?

· Do naturopathic doctors prescribe medication?

· How do naturopathic doctors treat insomnia and other sleep problems?

The AANP and the INM would like to acknowledge the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) for its contributions to the content of this FAQ.