Bill to certify NC naturopathic doctors introduced

Apr 13, 2017
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RALEIGH — A bill that will help to assure the safe, effective practice of naturopathic medicine in North Carolina has been introduced by the North Carolina General Assembly.

SB 258, the Enact Naturopathic Doctors Certification Act, sponsored by Sen. Joyce Krawiec, Sen. Jerry Tillman and Sen. Tommy Tucker was introduced on March 15.

Enactment of the bill will increase citizens’ access to safe and effective alternatives in health care; improve public safety in seeking out these alternatives; and decrease health care costs through a strong focus on preventative medicine and the utilization of natural, low-cost therapies.

Specifically, the bill establishes educational, board certification and continuing education standards, which are consistent with established national standards for naturopathic doctors.

If passed, North Carolina will become the 23rd U.S jurisdiction to recognize and regulate the practice of Naturopathic Medicine. Earlier this month, naturopathic doctors from across North Carolina came together at the state capitol to educate senators and representatives about the benefits of certifying naturopathic doctors.

This legislative effort is spearheaded by the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NCANP), the state professional organization that represents naturopathic doctors in North Carolina who are graduates of four-year in-residence accredited naturopathic medical schools and who have passed rigorous post-doctoral board examinations.

Naturopathic doctors focus on a patient-centered, holistic approach to healthcare. They combine standard medical diagnostic skills with the utilization of natural, noninvasive, and nontoxic therapies to prevent and treat acute and chronic illness.

Naturopathic doctors utilize a variety of modalities, including dietary counseling, lifestyle counseling, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine and targeted nutrient therapy to empower patients to improve their health.