What is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor?
A registered naturopathic doctor (RND) attends a four-year naturopathic medical school and is highly educated in conventional medical science and natural therapies with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. To attend a registered naturopathic medicinal program, one must have an undergraduate degree with advanced science prerequisites. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, a registered naturopathic doctor also studies clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, nature cure, and counseling. A registered naturopathic doctor takes rigorous professional board exams and is recognized as a doctor in the state of Colorado. In other states, naturopathic doctors are licensed physicians and recognized as primary care doctors, although this is not the case in Colorado.
Registered Naturopathic doctors combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic doctors help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic doctor's role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.
For more information visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctor (CAND) websites.
Naturopathic Doctors in Colorado:
NDs are recognized as doctors but not physicians, and thus are unable to prescribe most prescription medications. Other states have varying degrees of licensing and registration. They are regulated by DORA and must have completed specific education, pass national board exams, complete yearly continuing education, and register with the state of colorado to be called a naturopathic doctor.