A traditional naturopath is someone educated in alternative and complementary healing modalities, known collectively as holistic medicine or natural health. However, traditional naturopaths, or holistic health practitioners, do not practice medicine, nor do they treat, diagnose, or prescribe.
This includes the use and promotion of self-injections, even something as 'innocent' as vitamin B-12 shots, for example, regardless of the laws in their state, as this is outside the scope of our practice.
Furthermore, TNDs are not NDs. Graduates from our program may not use the professional designation 'ND'.
In some states, they may be legally permitted to use 'TND' (for traditional naturopathic doctor) or 'TNP' (for traditional naturopathic practitioner).
However, other states restrict any use of the term naturopath at all —this includes licensed naturopaths, who must practice as 'health coaches' in such jurisdictions.
Students and graduates are responsible for doing their own research for the laws in their own city, state, and country to see if it is more preferable to use 'CHHP', for 'certified holistic health practitioner' as an alternative.
According to Bill Bailey, a traditional naturopath, "The practice of Traditional Naturopathy is recognized as a common occupation at the Federal level (U.S. Congress 1928, 1930, and 30 Federal Court rulings between 1958 and 1978) and as such it is a profession protected under the 14th and 9th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution."
Several states have also made this stipulation either by statute or in the courts —while other states, such as Tennessee and Texas have outlawed it.
In such cases, graduates of our TND program may alternately practice as a CHHP, or certified holistic health practitioner.