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Naturopathic doctors often combine different 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 states, naturopathic doctors have the 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.
Current as of: January 3, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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