Licensed naturopathic physicians (NDs) attend four-year graduate-level naturopathic medical schools and are educated in all of the same basic sciences as medical doctors (MDs), but also study holistic and non-toxic approaches to treatment with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum (anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, clinical and physical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, pharmacology, etc.), naturopathic physicians are required to complete extensive training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, psychology, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health), and must complete at least two years of hands-on clinical training under the direct supervision of naturopathic physicians and other licensed healthcare professionals. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.
Naturopathic physicians can serve in either of two roles:
Proper homeopathic prescribing requires years of training. The doctors at Arizona Natural Health Center have dedicated themselves to the study of homeopathy. All of our doctors have completed additional training in homeopathy far in excess of that required for licensing and continue to train with renowned homeopathic practitioners from around the world. Homeopathy demands a very complex set of skills and extensive knowledge of hundreds of homeopathic medicines. The homeopathic practitioner must carefully select a medicine based on an individual’s unique symptoms. For serious or long-standing chronic conditions, appropriate dosing, follow-up, and case management are especially crucial and can make the difference between successful and unsuccessful homeopathic treatment.
Today’s naturopathic physicians blend modern, cutting-edge diagnostic tests and procedures with more traditional methods. NDs perform extensive physical exams and take the time to thoroughly examine your symptoms, your past medical history, and your family health history searching for clues about the cause of your illness.