A Naturopathic Doctor, not to be confused with a homeopath or naturopath, is a healthcare practitioner that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) focus on identifying the underlying causes of disease and utilize therapies from many disciplines including naturopathic medicine, conventional medicine, clinical nutrition, phytotherapy, pharmacognosy, homeopathy, psychology, and spirituality.
The Naturopathic Doctor degree (ND or NMD) is earned from a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical college with admission requirements comparable to those of allopathic medical schools, including a bachelor’s degree and basic science education. During the 4 years of training, there are intensive studies of medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, clinical & physical diagnosis, pharmacology, cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, gynecology, and pediatrics.
In addition to this standard medical curriculum, Naturopathic medical students must do extensive coursework in natural therapeutics including herbs, diet, and nutrients. This means Naturopathic Doctors receive significantly more hours of classroom education than the graduates of many leading medical schools.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained to treat a wide array of medical conditions including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular disease, hormone imbalance, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and endocrine dysfunction such as hypo and hyperthyroid. They also provide immune support for cancer patients.