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 are naturopathic doctors educated, trained, and licensed?

NDs graduate from accredited naturopathic medical schools(four-year, in residence, post-graduate medical programs). In addition to a standard medical curriculum, NDs complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and counseling.  NDs graduate with hands-on… Read More

FAQ: Why are a growing number of medical doctors collaborating with naturopathic doctors?

Highlights Naturopathic doctors are increasingly sought out because they: Take a whole-body approach to health Are fluent in integrative and complementary approaches Provide highly individualized care Have advanced training in behavioral medicine Have rigorous training in clinical nutrition Prioritize natural therapies Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and supports the body’s innate… Read More

FAQ: Is naturopathic medicine safe?

Highlights       Numerous research studies of naturopathic treatments for common conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic low back pain, and anxiety have shown that naturopathic medicine is both safe and effective. Licensed NDs complete a rigorous, four-year, in-residence, science-based, post-graduate medical education at an accredited naturopathic medical… Read More

FAQ: What is naturopathic medicine?

NDs work to identify and address the underlying causes of illness using their unique, Therapeutic Order: Remove Obstacles to HealthStimulate the Self-Healing MechanismsStrengthen Weakened SystemsCorrect Structural IntegrityUse Natural Substances to Restore and RegenerateUse Pharmacologic Substances to Halt Progressive PathologyUse High Force, Invasive Modalities: Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy What is naturopathic… Read More

FAQ: What do naturopathic doctors mean by first, do no harm?

Highlights • Naturopathic treatments focus on allowing the body to reestablish balance and heal rather than on suppressing symptoms • NDs choose the gentlest and least-invasive therapies first • NDs are also trained to use pharmacological drugs when necessary • For patients who need to be on medications, NDs can… Read More

FAQ: How do naturopathic doctors treat patients with diabetes?

Licensed naturopathic doctors are trained in both conventional and integrative approaches to treating all types of diabetes, including types 1 and 2, gestational diabetes, and prediabetes. Regardless of the type of diabetes, naturopathic treatment strategies aim to get a patient’s blood sugar levels back within a healthy… Read More