July 27, 2017

Washington, DC – Even though the terms “naturopathic doctor” and “naturopath” are often
used interchangeably by medical practitioners in other disciplines and the public, consumers
seeking a naturopathic doctor should know they are not the same.

This is according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), which today released a new FAQ on the differences between a naturopathic doctor and a naturopath, in partnership with the
Institute for Natural Medicine (INM).

Here are 6 things that make licensed naturopathic doctors different:

1. They are graduates of accredited, four-year naturopathic medical colleges
2. They are licensed or regulated by states
3. They must pass rigorous professional board exams
4. They can order diagnostic tests and, in some states, prescribe prescription drugs and
hormones, and perform minor surgery
5. They must carry malpractice insurance
6. They must maintain a commitment to lifelong learning through continuing education

“Knowing the difference between naturopathic doctors and naturopaths can help you make
informed decisions about which type of provider can best help you,” said Michelle Simon,
PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors.

The complete FAQ, “What is the difference between a licensed naturopathic doctor and a
naturopath?” can be found here.

About the Institute for Natural Medicine

The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization
that provides public education about naturopathic medicine and increases consumer access
to naturopathic doctors. As a close partner to the American Association of Naturopathic
Physicians, the INM strives to increase consumer and physician choice in safe, effective
healthcare that improves patient outcomes and lowers costs. For more information visit
www.naturemed.org or call 855-799-4490.

About the AANP

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the professional association that
represents licensed naturopathic physicians. The AANP strives to make naturopathic
medicine available to every American, and to increase recognition of naturopathic physicians
as the identified authorities on natural medicine. Learn more at www.naturopathic.org.

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  • Elena

    Well that’s an interesting point of view, but why try to stake claim to the title Doctor when anyone who has earned a doctorate in any subject uses that title. Why not use Naturopathic Physician as your association does? Or Naturopathic Medical Doctor which clearly shows they are both.
    Seems like more of the God complex issue many MD’s have.
    My ND has a doctorate, she shouldn’t have to drop the title Doctor because she’s not an MD. Ridiculous. Get over yourselves.
    People can ask,be informed, and it will catch on.

  • Carol Purin

    Do Naturopaths go to a 4 year medical school? Is it the same medical training as a Licenced Naturopathic doctor?

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