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Can Naturopathic doctors practice medicine?

Can Naturopathic doctors practice medicine?

With the passage of SB907, NDs gained the ability to practice medicine in California. Although this was a great victory for our profession, in order to ensure that licensure occurred, we had to make some initial compromises.

Do naturopathic doctors go to medical school?

Naturopathic physicians: These are also called naturopathic doctors (ND) or doctors of naturopathic medicine (NMD). They usually attend an accredited four-year, graduate-level school. Traditional naturopaths: These practitioners don’t attend an accredited naturopathic medical school or receive a license.

Can Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine write prescriptions?

NDs complete rigorous education in pharmaceutical drugs during their four-year, science-based medical education and they may prescribe medications when indicated as allowed by state regulations. However, naturopathic doctors typically don’t prescribe drugs at the first sign of symptoms or trouble.

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Can naturopathic doctors perform acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a kind of treatment commonly practiced by naturopaths. Many naturopathic physicians recommend acupuncture. Some states license naturopaths to provide this treatment.

Can an ND perform surgery?

“Although NDs may be well qualified to practice naturopathic medicine that utilizes natural medicine and treatments in a natural approach, NDs do not receive the education and training in naturopathic education programs to safely perform minor procedures and prescribe without physician supervision,” wrote Kimberly …

Can NDS do Botox?

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I am sometimes presented with patients who are surprised that I offer cosmetic anti-aging treatments like Botox and fillers. By reviewing the various options and strategies with my patients, we are able to utilize Botox and/or fillers as part of a preventive anti-aging program.

Can NDS order labs?

Yes – Naturopathic doctors can order any laboratory testing or imaging needed to help diagnose or manage your condition. This includes blood testing, stool testing, X-rays, MRI, CTs and many other types of labs and imaging.

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Can NDs inject Botox?

Yes. Intramuscular injections are within the California ND scope of practice, and injectable nutraceuticals are part of the ND independent formulary.

What states can NDs prescribe medicine?

States currently offering licensure or registration to naturopathic physicians:

  • Alaska.
  • Arizona.
  • California.
  • Colorado.
  • Connecticut.
  • District of Columbia.
  • Hawaii.
  • Idaho.