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 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

FAQ: How does naturopathic medicine lower health care costs?

Highlights Eight ways naturopathic medicine lowers healthcare costs: Address the root cause of illness Offer less expensive diagnosis and treatment Reduce the need for expensive surgical procedures, when appropriate Decrease costs associated with adverse reactions to prescription drugs Reduce the incidence of illnesses and fatalities caused by hospital errors Lower… Read More

FAQ: How do naturopathic doctors diagnose and treat digestive complaints?

Highlights Imbalances in the digestive system can lead to symptoms elsewhere in the body. Treatment plans are personalized and may include: tailored diets, reduction of inflammation, and support for a healthy microbiome. The health of the GI system relies on proper enzymatic function, nutrient absorption, microbiota balance, tissue health, and… Read More

FAQ: What advanced nutrition training do naturopathic doctors receive?

Highlights Many health symptoms and conditions have nutrition at the root of the issue. NDs’ rigorous nutrition training + understanding of food as medicine enables them to provide individualized nutrition guidance. NDs utilize evidence-based nutritional recommendations. NDs complete ~155 classroom hours of nutrition education during medical school. Areas of concentration… Read More