Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed in 26 states. It is a smaller lesser known profession and the loss different depending on the state. In some states the scope is very broad which includes primary care prescription drugs even minor surgery and other states that it is more restricted. Naturopathic doctors therapeutic order starting from the least invasive to the most invasive. An example of this would be the foundations of health first, various natural medicines second, consider prescriptions if that does not work and then surgery would be a final step. Naturopathic doctors are trained in Western diagnosis and often run more lab work and diagnostic procedures to get an accurate diagnosis then conventional doctors. Expect an individualized approach and a personalized treatment plan that is highly targeted.
The six principles of Naturopathic medicine are:
- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
- Identify and Treat the Cause of disease (Tolle Causam)
- First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
- Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
- Treat the Whole Person
 Sleep, nutrition, exercise, spiritual health, mental health, stress management. For more information go to this map of states.