Is there a difference between a “naturopath” and a “naturopathic doctor”?

Dear Doctor: Is there a difference between a “naturopath” and a “naturopathic doctor”?

ADear Patient: Yes, although the differences can be confusing. The term “Naturopathic Doctor” can only be used by licensed medical practitioners who have attended an approved naturopathic medical school and practice in a licensed state. In an unlicensed state, both terms can be freely used by anyone, regardless of their background or training. Some of these practitioners may have an extensive background of information and years of experience treating patients. Others may have only attended a weekend workshop. Naturopathic doctors are very proud of their schooling and the education they have received.


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