The Traditional Naturopathic Doctor or Doctor of Natural Medicine, is referred to as a Naturopath, designation N.D.
What is a Traditional Naturopathic Doctor?
A Traditional Naturopathic Doctor is trained in the Sciences; Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Naturopathy, History of Medicine in other Cultures, Botany, Botanical Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology, Pharmaceuticals, Herbalism, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Nutritional Medicine, Homeopathy
Most Schools offer at least one course in each of the associated Natural Health Fields to be studied in the ND program:
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage, Acupressure, Hydrotherapy, Energy Medicine, Reflexology, Physical Therapy, Exercise Anatomy, Detoxification, Toxicology, Environmental Toxins, Spirituality, Religion, Balanced Wellness.
Most of us select an area of specialty, mine has been in Botanical and Natural Medicine.
National Board Exams and Certification
National Board Certification Exams are strictly voluntary. These test are rigorous exams which require knowledge from Anatomy, and Genetics to Prescription Drugs. Once Certified, the Practitioner is required to demonstrate knowledge by updating credentials and maintaining continuing educational credits.
What is Naturopathy?
A classical naturopath specializes in "wellness." and teaches clients how to apply natural lifestyle approaches to assist the body's health building potential. They recognize that the majority of sub-health conditions are cumulative effects. To a naturopath, disease is a manifestation of the body trying to correct imbalances.
Imbalances are brought about due to poor nutritional intake, improper sleeping habits, stress, and other lifestyle choices which breakdown the body.
Thus, naturopathy focuses on recognizing negative lifestyle behaviors that result in imbalances. Once the imbalances are corrected the body can correct and ultimately heal itself.
Naturopathy is legal in 50 states, however it is not considered to be a practice of medicine. This is because legislature groups classical naturopaths with naturopathic physicians who have a degree that includes pharmacology and minor surgery, which should require a license.