What Is Naturopathic Medicine? 

The core philosophy of naturopathic medicine includes 6 fundamental principles. The naturopathic doctor (ND) uses these principles as the basis for determining the treatment of clients. 

The 6 principles of Naturopathic Medicine: 

  1. The Healing Power of Nature: Trust in the body's inherent wisdom to heal itself. 

  2. Identify and Treat the Cause: Look beyond the symptoms to find the underlying cause.

  3. First Do No Harm: Utilize the most natural, minimally invasive and least toxic treatments.

  4. Doctor As Teacher: Educate patients on steps to achieve and maintain good health.

  5. Treat the Whole Person: View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical, mental and spiritual dimensions. 

  6. Prevention: Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention. 




There are seven accredited naturopathic medical colleges in the country. The naturopathic doctoral degree is a four-year, postgraduate degree program. To become licensed, students must pass both basic science and clinical board exams. The first two years of the curriculum is very similar to conventional medical school. During this time students focus on anatomy, physiology, pathology and clinical physical diagnosis. Throughout the program students take courses in botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, naturopathic manipulation, minor surgery, pharmacology and body system-focused courses such as, cardiology, pulmonology, urology, gynecology, etc. Students work in the teaching clinic throughout their third and fourth year seeing patients in an outpatient, family practice setting under supervision of an attending doctor.

In states that do not have licensure laws in place there are numerous online degree programs that provide minimal training and certificates for ‘naturopathic medicine.’ These practitioners refer to themselves as ‘naturopaths’ or ‘naturopathic doctors/practitioners.’ Please be aware when seeking out alternative healthcare that your provider is licensed and educated by an accredited program.
For more information visit these links www.naturopathic.org and www.aanmc.org


While Dr. LaRue holds a current license to practice naturopathic medicine in the State of Vermont, Mississippi and the surrounding southern states do not have laws in place for licensing Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. LaRue thus does not offer the full range of services within her training and does not diagnose or treat disease nor practice dietetics but focuses upon health coaching that builds upon client education about natural remedies such as herbs and homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements and dietary and lifestyle changes the client can consider in supporting wellness and health improvements.

Dr. LaRue is not a medical doctor and naturopathic medicine is not a medical specialty but a separate and distinct healthcare tradition. While nutritional therapies are part of her training, Dr. LaRue is not practicing dietetics or nutrition.

Consultations are not a substitute for medical or dietetic care. Educational consultations in nutrition and lifestyle can serve as an excellent adjunct to a medical doctor’s care and are intended to expand a client’s consideration of available options and assist with an understanding of and compliance with any medical care recommendations a client may be receiving as well as assist in the use of natural means to support health. No aspect of an educational consultation should be understood as a basis to avoid any diagnostic work-up or avoid, alter or discontinue any medical treatment. Clients must have a primary care physician and other needed specialists in place prior to consultation and follow-up with their appropriate physician to discuss modifications they intend to make to their health protocols.

Dr. LaRue graduated from an accredited four-year graduate program as a naturopathic doctor (ND), a profession licensed in 22 states, the District of Columbia and two US territories.