WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More Americans are seeking complementary and natural health care providers, as they focus on wellness, prevention, and whole-person care. Increasingly, consumers can find licensed naturopathic doctors as members of the professional clinical teams at medical centers of excellence around the United States. Twenty-eight prominent health systems, hospitals, and cancer treatment centers now have one or more licensed naturopathic doctors on staff at their facilities. Today there are approximately 6,000 licensed naturopathic doctors practicing in the U.S. Twenty-three U.S. states and territories currently license naturopathic doctors.
Trained to treat the whole person, naturopathic doctors diagnose, prevent and treat acute and chronic illness. Naturopathic doctors complete a rigorous, science-based, four-year, post-graduate education in an accredited naturopathic medical college, recognized by the United States Department of Education. Working as both primary care providers and members of collaborative integrative healthcare teams, naturopathic doctors address underlying causes of illness. Because of their rigorous training in clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine and more, they are experts at engaging and empowering patients to make lifestyle changes, proven to improve health outcomes.
"Naturopathic doctors are meeting the growing consumer demand for whole-body health care providers, and they are delivering better health outcomes at lower costs," said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors. "In addition to their ability to fill the growing shortage of primary care providers, NDs are sought out for complementary specialty care in oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, cardiology and other core fields."
Spanning academic, University-affiliated hospitals, integrative medical centers, large health systems, and specialty treatment centers, here are 28 medical centers of excellence with naturopathic doctors on staff:
About the Institute for Natural Medicine
The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides public education about naturopathic medicine and increases consumer access to naturopathic doctors. As a close partner to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the INM strives to increase consumer and physician choice in safe, effective healthcare that improves patient outcomes and lowers costs. For more information visit www.naturemed.org or call 855-799-4490.
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