|How are Naturopathic Doctors Trained?
doctors registered in licenced provinces and states must complete four years of
professional training at a recognized college of naturopathic medicine. Pre-admission
requirements include three years of pre-medical studies at a university. Training includes
basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principals and
therapeutics; and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licenced
naturopathic doctors. Graduates receive the title "N.D." or Doctor of
practice is regulated under provincial law in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and
Saskatchewan. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto), The National
College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR), Bastyr University (Seattle, WA), and the
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (Scottsdale, AZ) are
recognized by government-appointed naturopathic regulatory boards. Graduates must pass
rigorous board examinations to be eligible to practice as a Doctor of Naturopathic
Doctors Perform Examinations?
doctors take an extensive history and perform physical examinations using standard
diagnostic instruments and laboratory tests. Additional information related to lifestyle -
including diet, emotions, stress, exercise, and exposure to environmental hazards - may be
Doctors Use Drugs or Surgery?
not use prescription drugs or surgery. They are extensively trained in the application of
natural substances and conservative therapies to support and stimulate healing. In addition, doctors
of Naturopathic Medicine are trained to recognize conditions which require conventional
medical treatment such as surgery or prescription drugs. In these cases, patients are
referred to the appropriate practitioners or to local hospitals.
What Conditions and Illnesses Do Naturopathic Doctors Commonly Treat?
experiencing chronic or acute conditions can benefit from naturopathic treatment. Through
assessing general health status and after diagnosing specific conditions, the naturopathic
doctor will recommend a specific treatment regime.
How Do Naturopathic
Doctors Function As Part Of Today's Health Care System?
Naturopathic Doctors are
primary care providers trained to work in co-operation with all other health care
practitioners. Frequently, naturopathic doctors are the first practitioners to see a patient for a