A service for consumers from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM), our Frequently Asked Question series answers common inquiries about naturopathic medicine and treatments. Explore the full, ongoing series below.

FAQ – How Do Naturopathic Doctors Treat Cognitive Decline

As the aging baby boomer generation grows, a growing number of Americans are projected to have dementia and associated cognitive decline. Currently over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. By 2050 that figure is… Read More

FAQ – How do naturopathic doctors treat ADHD?

ADHD is a complex disorder impacted by numerous genetic, neurological, nutritional, and environmental factors.  How do naturopathic doctors treat ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a chronic, neurobiological condition that affects nine percent of children and four percent of adults in America. ADHD includes a… Read More

FAQ: How Do Naturopathic Doctors Treat Anxiety?

Anxiety is the most commonly diagnosed mental condition in the U.S. Drug treatments like benzodiazepines and SSRIs can have limited effectiveness, cause unwanted side effects, or become addictive. NDs treat the whole person, addressing the underlying causes of anxiety, including neurological… Read More

FAQ: What do naturopathic doctors mean by treat the whole person?

Multiple factors contribute to your health, including diet, lifestyle, genetics, psycho-emotional makeup, spirituality, socioeconomic position, environmental issues, and more. What do naturopathic doctors mean by treat the whole person? Naturopathic doctors (NDs) follow six guiding principles that serve as a philosophical platform for all of naturopathic medicine. Read More

FAQ: How should I choose a naturopathic doctor?

Highlights The most important criteria in selecting a naturopathic doctor are that the doctor: Has a naturopathic medical degree earned from an accredited, four-year, in-residence, naturopathic medical college and Has passed rigorous board exams as part of a licensure or certification process Find a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor with our… Read More

FAQ: How do naturopathic doctors prevent and treat heart disease?

Highlights Root causes of heart disease often show up as warning signs in other bodily systems. Here are 6 key focuses for naturopathic prevention and treatment: Comprehensive intake to identify risk factors and underlying causes Targeted labs for a clear picture of what’s happening inside your body Manage vital signs… Read More

FAQ: How does naturopathic medicine support breast cancer prevention and treatment?

Highlights To support breast cancer treatment and prevention naturopathic doctors: Boost and sustain the immune system and minimize inflammation after surgery Safely reduce side effects of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and pharmaceutical drug therapies Support the patient through mental and emotional stresses Emphasize prevention measures in healthy patients motivated to reduce their… Read More

FAQ: How do naturopathic doctors help address fertility and infertility?

Highlights 1 in 8 couples in the U.S. have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. NDs guide couples in fertility with a goal of conceiving naturally and avoiding interventions when possible. NDs have helped countless men and women resolve fertility challenges safely and cost-effectively. A number of infertility causes are… Read More

FAQ: How do naturopathic doctors help women during perimenopause?

Highlights Whole-body health evaluation and care during perimenopause is vital, both to manage troubling symptoms, and to preventively address changes that can impact heart, bone, and brain health. Symptoms are varied, unpredictable, and often go unrecognized as perimenopause symptoms. NDs use a whole-body approach and natural therapies whenever possible. Naturopathic… Read More

FAQ: How do naturopathic doctors help address men’s health?

Highlights Men die at greater rates than women due to unhealthy lifestyle habits, less frequent screening, and late treatment for chronic diseases NDs can help, with a unique, accessible approach to men’s health NDs focus on natural, non-prescription therapies, patient education, and lifestyle changes NDs address top men’s health complaints,… Read More