A naturopathic doctor is a state-licensed doctor who uses natural and holistic treatments that have no harmful side effects.

To be licensed as a naturopathic doctor (ND) in the state of Washington, it is necessary to graduate from an accredited four-year, post-graduate medical school and pass a rigorous national board exam. Naturopathic medical schools include extensive training in medical science and diagnosis, as well as natural treatments, including nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, lifestyle modifications, and counseling.

Naturopathic doctors follow these principles:

  • Nature has a tendency toward health and healing. Naturopathic doctors support this tendency in their patients.
  • Naturopathic doctors treat their patients as whole people. The body, mind, and spirit are not separate from each other.
  • Naturopathic doctors use the safest, least invasive methods appropriate for their patients.
  • Naturopathic doctors identify the cause of their patients’ complaints and treat the cause so that the benefits are long-lasting.
  • Naturopathic doctors show their patients how to live lifestyles that will help prevent future diseases.
  • Naturopathic doctors believe that all good doctors are good teachers.