Naturopathic Licensing

Naturopathic medicine is licensed in 23 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but Michigan isn’t yet one of them. Explore below how you can help Michiganders everywhere access safe, holistic health options.

Why License Naturopathic Doctors?

Highly Trained Professionals

NDs are highly trained general practitioners who are experts in integrative and complementary medicine, including clinical nutrition, herbal medicine and physical medicine. NDs focus on disease prevention but can also treat acute and chronic conditions.

Regionally Accredited Education

Naturopathic Doctors graduate from a 4-year residential graduate level medical programs. ND programs are offered in regionally accredited colleges and universities, recognized by the same accrediting agencies as MD and DO programs.

Working Together

NDs work along side MDs and DOs in private practices as well as at Beaumont Hospital, where patient visits to staff NDs grew by over 12% in just 4 years. NDs are also trained to make appropriate referrals to specialists when indicated.

The Benefits of Naturopathic Licensing

  • Licensure would allow Naturopathic Doctors to practice under the full scope of naturopathic medicine for which they were trained.
  • Local communities would enjoy an increase in safe and natural healthcare options, allowing access to highly individualized naturopathic medical care.
  • Naturopathic Doctors would help ease a stressed and overburdened medical system by filling the much-needed role for primary care medicine in the State of Michigan.
  • Patients would not have to travel outside Michigan to see licensed Naturopathic Doctors.
  • Licensure helps create jobs by encouraging more Naturopathic Doctors to move to Michigan communities, including rural areas without availability of health care.

States Licensed with Accredited Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine:

New Hampshire
North Dakota
Rhode Island
Wisconsin (2022)

United States Territories:

District of Columbia
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands

Naturopathic Licensing Status in Michigan

Michigan does not currently have legislation for licensure of Naturopathic Doctors to practice as healthcare practitioners. The Michigan Association of Naturopathic Doctors is spearheading an effort to license accredited Naturopathic Doctors. Senate Bill SB990 to license NDs is currently in the Senate Health Policy Committee which was heard on May 26th, 2022.

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How You Can Help

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Contact your representatives and discuss the importance of licensure of Naturopathic Medicine for the benefit of your family and community. Mention Senate Bill 826 and your support.

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