Naturopathic physicians (NMD’s) are primary care physicians clinically trained in conventional medical sciences with an emphasis on preventative care. The goal of naturopathic therapy is to find and eliminate the root causes of symptoms presented by the patient. In addition, in natural medicine the doctor seeks to teach and empower each person to care for herself in order to improve herself and prevent future problems.
In Arizona, naturopathic doctors are licensed and regulated by the State of Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board. Physicians must have graduated from an accredited four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and pass national board examinations.
The scope of practice in Arizona includes limited prescription privileges, minor surgery, diet and nutrition counseling, homeopathy, acupuncture, botanical medicine, physical manipulation, environmental medicine, and other modalities.
Dr. Marcantel explains much more on the subject of the patient/doctor relationship and getting to the root causes of problems in her series of videos and articles on Understanding the Naturopathic Approach.
You can also learn more about the naturopathic medical profession by visiting the following web sites:
- American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
- Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association
- Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona
- State of Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board