Licensed Naturopathic doctors (ND) are primary health care practitioners who provide healing based on modern and traditional natural therapies. ND's diagnose, treat and care for patients using a system of practice based on the natural laws which govern the physiologic function of the body.
Naturopathic doctors provide individualized integrated natural treatment programs to restore and maintain health. They rely on safe, natural healing modalities including therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, classical homeopathy, natural supplements and hormones.
Naturopathic doctors are trained as general care practitioners providing medical care to the whole family. They are capable of working with almost any health concern not requiring emergency intervention. Their knowledge and expertise in the use of safe, effective, natural treatments is an important addition in medical care for a more health conscious 21st century global society.
Dr. Jon Dunn,
Licensed Naturopathic Doctor
Naturopathic Health Care, Inc.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
What are the Education Requirements?
Naturopathic doctors are educated in the same medical sciences as are medical doctors.
Students receive approximately 1900 hours of instruction in the basic and clinical sciences, compared to 1500 hours for students at Yale medical school, or 1400 hours at Stanford medical school.
Classes include physiology, anatomy, pathology, pharmacology and neurobiology, as well as dermatology, gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gastroenterology. Classes focus on developing the diagnostic skills needed to take a case history, perform physical exams, and order appropriate laboratory work-ups (blood screening, x-ray, EKG, etc.).
Additional instructions address the proper and practical use of natural therapies for almost every health care concern outside of the emergency room.
Yes. Naturopathic doctors in California have passed state and national board examinations.
These exams are comparable to conventional medical board examinations for medical doctors and require a deep medical understanding of both scientific and clinical relevance.
a new profession?
While the roots of naturopathic medicine go back thousands of years, the distinct profession is about I00 years old. Earlier this century there were more than 20 naturopathic colleges, and most states provided licensing for naturopathic physicians.
In the 1940's and 50's, with the rise of technological medicine and the overestimated value of pharmaceutical drugs, naturopathic medicine experienced a temporary decline.
Over the last two decades, a wiser and more health-conscious public has once again sought out the services of naturopathic physicians.
Today's naturopathic doctors are highly skilled physicians who offer the best of traditional medicine and the most up to date contemporary therapies as determined by on-going research and development of the natural sciences.