Naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) are general practitioners trained as specialists in natural medicine. They are educated in the conventional medical sciences, but they are not orthodox medical doctors (M.D.s). Naturopathic doctors treat disease and restore health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, counseling, and hydrotherapy. N.D. s tailor these approaches to the needs of an
individual patient. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic.
In practice, naturopathic doctors perform physical examinations,
laboratory testing, gynecological
exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy
testing, X-ray examinations, and other diagnostic tests. N.D.s are the
only primary care doctors clinically trained in the use of a wide
variety of natural therapeutics. N.D.s combine and tailor these
treatments to the needs of the individual based on a cogent philosophy
that acknowledges the patient as a participant.