2 thoughts on “What can you do with a major in naturopathic medicine?Are naturopathic doctors that same as medical doctors?

  1. No there not the same. A Doctor of Medicine MD degree is trained and licensed to practice medicine and surgery in hospital settings,diagnose and treat and write prescriptions for pharmaceutical drugs,and allowed to use the diagnostic equipment in his office or hospitals.There are some MD’s that practice both types,traditional and herbal medicine.The Naturopathic doctor would be allowed to practice herbal medicine,that is overseen by each States governing board.They usually compound their own medications,and try to keep their patients at home for treatment.Some have a very close relationship with their medical colleagues and hospitals in the area,to help out or consult with difficult cases..Take care SW RNP

  2. First of all, in this country, naturopathic medicine is a post-graduate degree, so you must first have a bachelor’s before you even start learning to become a naturopathic doctor (ND). Schooling takes 4 or 5 years of intensive, full-time training that includes the basic sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pathology…), as well as more in-depth study of body systems, diagnoses, and therapeutics. As far as the sciences go, NDs are trained in the same thing and for the same amount of time as MDs in this country. NDs can and do diagnose illness and are well-trained to do so.

    What differs most is the modalites that are used. NDs work by the principle that the least force can and should be used to help a person to heal. As such, they generally do not prescribe pharmaceuticals (although some states do allow a limited list of prescription medications such as antibiotics and hormones), and instead use nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathy, and physical therapies that are generally easier on the body. They are also trained in minor surgery, and in some states can do things like give stitches, remove moles, get rid of warts, etc.

    NDs are trained for 2 or 3 years in a clinical setting and see hundreds of patients before they graduate. They do not generally work in hospitals (although I know of a few who do). They also strive to have good communication and rapport with the MDs in their area so that they can together give the best possible care to their patients.

    I hope this helps.

    VS
    Naturopathic candidate, 2007.

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