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Naturopathic physicians undergo training similar to medical and osteopathic doctors. Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year postgraduate schools with rigorous admissions requirements comparable to other medical schools. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree is awarded after classroom, clinic and practical study. ND's are trained in medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, radiology, minor surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, psychology, dermatology, and clinical and physical diagnosis. Specialized naturopathic techniques can include therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, and counseling.

Professionally-recognized colleges of naturopathic medicine in North America are National College in Portland, Oregon;  Bastyr University in Bothell, Washington;  Southwest College in Scottsdale, Arizona; University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Canadian College in Ontario, Canada.

Like many states and provinces, Hawaii's laws require extensive post-doctoral board examination for licensure. This policy is supported by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, which also maintains high standards of education and medical practice and encourages scientific research.

Physician and Patient: Partners in Health
Your naturopathic physician works with you to encourage your body's built-in healing abilities and encourages health-promoting and disease-preventing practices through education.

Naturopathic medicine relies upon a partnership between the patient and the physician. The patient should be prepared to take responsibility for their own health and wellness, supported by the physician and the treatments.

The naturopathic physician performs a wide variety of diagnostic tests including physical exams, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing, and X-ray examinations. Trained in a wide variety of natural therapies, your physician will combine and tailor these treatments to your specific needs to bring about changes necessary to overcome disease and assure optimal health. As with all physicians, NDs refer to other medical specialists when appropriate.