Naturopaths, also called homeopathic doctors or naturopathic doctors, use their knowledge of the body and natural healing methods to provide preventative, curative and rehabilitative care to patients. They may provide care to specific patient populations or to patients of a wide variety of ages and conditions (as with a general practitioner). Naturopaths are responsible for assessing, monitoring and treating patients, as well as advocating for their practice and establishing contacts. Additionally, these professionals spend a substantial amount of time educating clients about needed lifestyle changes and choices (such as those related to diet and exercise).
Naturopaths often work as a part of private practice and thus spend time performing the tasks that managing a business requires such as budgeting, taxes, maintaining their business license, marketing and managing office staff. Most of these doctors work during regular business hours, although their hours may vary depending on their clients' and/or employer's needs. Because of the independent nature of their practice, homeopathic doctors are usually members of one of the various homeopathy registers.
To become a Naturopaths, individuals must attend a graduate-level naturopathic medical school; these programs take four years and include instruction in the basic sciences (as with instruction to become a medical doctor) and topics such as homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine and clinical nutrition. Additionally, Naturopaths must pass professional board exams and be licensed in their state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice doctor.
Order, perform and interpret non-invasive tests, and analyze records, reports and examination information to diagnose patients' condition.
Monitor the patients' conditions and progress and re-evaluate treatments as necessary.
Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
Prescribe or administer treatment such as colonics, diet and lifestyle changes, herbal remedies or other alternative techniques to prevent illness, disease, or injury.