What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals' inherent self-healing process. A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Healing Power of Nature

  • Identify & Treat the Causes

  • First, Do No Harm

  • Doctor as Teacher

  • Treat the Whole Person

  • Prevention

Naturopathic Medical Schools

The American Association of Naturopathic 

Medical Colleges (AANMC) accredits naturo-pathic schools to ensure they meet both federal and academic standards. Graduation from a naturopathic medicine program that is accredited or is a candidate for accreditation guarantees eligibility to sit for the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), the passage of which is required to obtain licensure. For more info on naturopathic medical schools & education, click here: AANMC

Naturopathic Practice

Naturopathic practice includes the following:

  • laboratory testing

  • botanical medicine

  • nutritional medicine

  • homeopathic medicine

  • physical medicine

  • injection therapy

  • prescription medications

ND News & Research

Stay up to date with news & research from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians' Natural Medicine Journal.

National University of Natural Medicine's Helfgott Research Institute conducts rigorous, high quality, research on the art and science of healing, specifically working to understand natural forms of medicine. Read more about Helfgott.