Naturopathic doctors often combine different complementary therapies-such as massage, herbal medicine, or diet-to help the body heal itself and stay well. They may refer people to a medical doctor or specialist when needed. In some provinces, naturopathic doctors have a limited ability to prescribe medicines.

A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) attends a graduate-level naturopathic medical school. The ND studies basic sciences along with alternative approaches to therapy, such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, and bodywork. Naturopathic doctors typically do not continue with postgraduate training, such as internships and residency programs.

After completion of a 4-year naturopathic medical program, an ND is eligible for a licensing exam in a province with a licensing board and standards of practice. 

Adaptation Date: 6/19/2018

Adapted By: HealthLink BC

Adaptation Reviewed By: HealthLink BC