A naturopathic physician has completed a 4 year doctorate program in natural medicine. This means that in a state where they are licensed, they have nearly Identical prescriptive rights as other medical professionals. A naturopath who has no formal education or state licence would not have this right or responsibility.
Traditional naturopaths focus on the client as a whole. They look to the cause of a health concern rather than suppressing symptoms, thus recognizing symptoms of dis-ease as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. The naturopath works to educate his or her clients in how to stimulate the body’s own vital healing forces. Although all naturopaths emphasize choices based on their own personal interests and experiences, they maintain a consistent naturopathic philosophy.
All living things have a natural ability to heal themselves. When properly functioning, our bodies promote self-cleansing and self-repair, and, therefore, self-healing. While modern medicine spends much of its time focused on killing germs, bacteria, and viruses, naturopathy aims to bring the body back into balance, making it strong and resistant against dis-ease.
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
Limitations on prescriptions would be based on the state you live in. Not all 50 states have a scope of practice for naturopathic physicians and not all states with a scope of practice will allow naturopathic physicians to write prescriptions. However, a naturopathic physician in any state can work closely with your primary care physician in regards to changes that may need to be made. You can do a search for the naturopathic association in your state to see what the scope of practice in your state includes.