The letters N.D. stand for Naturopathic Doctor just like the letters M.D. stand for Medical Doctor.
Naturopathic Doctors can be Primary Care Physicians who are adept at diagnosing and treating all nature of illnesses. N.D.’s are required to complete a 4-5 year Doctorate program at an accredited college. The core curriculum of N.D. schooling is much like that of a standard medical school with classes ranging from anatomy to cardiology (and everything in between).
Some additional subjects covered during the schooling are: Nutrition, Counseling, Herbal Medicine, Spinal Adjustments, Massage, Dietary and Lifestyle Counseling, and Homeopathy. As with M.D.’s, naturopathic practitioners specialize in different aspects of their medicine, some focus more on nutrition, others may do more adjustments and soft tissue work.
Naturopathic Doctors place strong emphasis on the patient/physician relationship. An N.D. may spend more time with their patients than most other health care providers. On average, they spend 1 hour with their patients on the first visit and at least 30 minutes together during return visits. To find a Naturopathic Doctor in your area, visit the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP) website at www.wanp.org