In Washington state Naturopathic Physicians (N.D.) are licensed primary care physicians. Our education includes standard pre-med undergraduate studies, followed by 4-5 years of academic and clinical study at an accredited school, which offers a degree in Naturopathic Medicine.Currently there are three such schools in the United States: Bastyr University is recognized worldwide as a leader in science-based natural medicine education and research. N.D.’s are licensed and trained to diagnose, through history taking, physical examination and ordering lab and other diagnostic tests such as X-rays.
Naturopathic Physicians prescribe certain drugs, but tend to treat using natural therapies. These include nutrition, lifestyle counseling, exercise, detoxification, homeopathy, herbal medicines, and therapeutic supplementation with nutrients.