Naturopathic Medicine is a distinctly natural approach to health and wellness that recognizes the integrity of the whole person: mind, body, spirit. Naturopathy works with the intelligence of your body by stimulating, enhancing and supporting the inherent healing capacity of each individual. Methods of therapy are tailored to work in alignment with each client’s vital force, combining the best of modern Western medicine with ancient healing traditions and wisdom.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care physicians in a four-year post-graduate medical school and study the same basic curriculum as medical doctors (MDs). In addition to training in conventional diagnosis and treatments, Naturopaths receive training with a focus on preventive medicine in the following fields: nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, physical medicine (including spinal manipulation), psychological counseling, pharmaceuticals, minor surgery, and emergency medicine. ND’s must pass comprehensive post-doctoral board exams and complete annual continuing education in order to fulfill licensing requirements.
The U.S. currently has 6 accredited 4-year naturopathic medical schools and Naturopathic Doctors are licensed in 18 states, including D.C. and California. At this time, North Carolina is not included in this list, however the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians is working to remedy this. Until accredited NDs are licensed in this state, the scope of their practice is limited by regulatory agencies. For this reason your ND is seeing you in a consultant capacity, and it is recommended you work in conjunction with a MD.