Education and Training.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are educated in basic, diagnostic, laboratory, and clinical sciences at 4-year accredited medical colleges. Additionally, they receive a comprehensive education in non-invasive, non-toxic therapeutic modalities including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, physical medicine, counseling, mind-body medicine, minor surgery, and pharmaceuticals.
Naturopathic Doctors undergo two years of intensive supervised clinical training and must complete National Board Exams in order to be eligible for licensure. NDs are currently licensed in 20 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine
Primum Non Nocere: First of all, to do no harm
Vis Medicatrix Naturae: To act in cooperation with the Healing Power of Nature
Tolle Causum: To address the fundamental causes of disease
Tolle Totum: To heal the whole person through individualized treatment
Docere: To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine
Praevenire: To practice prevention with patients and the public
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."