Doctors that are working at a naturopathic clinic will have a degree that specializes in combining traditional modern medicine with natural healing practices, which is called a Doctor of Naturopathy degree or a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree, as stated by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.There are many different naturopathic programs at medical universities and each one may specialize in various areas of naturopathy medicine, so not all naturopathy doctors have the same background.
The abbreviation for doctors who are naturopathic doctors is N.D. or N.M.D., as reported by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. As of 2015, there are 16 different states where naturopathic doctors can practice. In the states where naturopathic doctors are not able to practice by law, naturopathic doctors will often hold other degrees that do enable them to practice. These degrees are commonly the Doctor of Medicine degree and the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
A naturopathic doctor treats patients in a way that is different from most medical doctors because they focus first on treating the problem from a natural standpoint, according to the Naturopathic Physicians Association. However, this does not mean that naturopathic doctors ignore modern medical principles. Naturopathic doctors simply prefer to treat holistically through nature first while making use of standard medications and surgical treatments when necessary.