Naturopathic medicine (sometimes called "naturopathy") is a distinct system of primary health care that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) blend centuries-old knowledge and a philosophy that nature can be the most effective healer with current research on health and human systems.
In Oregon, Naturopathic Physicians (N.D.) are primary care practitioners trained as specialist in natural medicine. They are educated in conventional medical sciences, but are not orthodox medical doctors (allopathic physicians, or M.D.). A Naturopathic Physician has a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree from a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical college with admission requirements comparable to those of conventional medical schools.
In addition to the standard medical curriculum, naturopathic students must do extensive coursework and clinical study in natural therapeutics. The doctors who practice naturopathic medicine are trained to serve as primary care general practitioners who are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of both acute and chronic health conditions.
Go to the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine web site:
or the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine site: