Maine's specialists in natural medicine.
The Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors is the professional association for Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) who live and work in Maine.
Formed in the mid-1990s by a small group of trailblazers, the association now includes more than 35 licensed NDs. They are among more than 4,000 nationwide. This steady growth reflects a rising public interest in holistic treatments and natural methods of healthcare that are outside the scope of conventional medicine.
While NDs in Maine come from diverse backgrounds and specialize in different types of treatments for patients, they all share a common approach. Naturopathic Doctors seek to find and treat the underlying causes of illness, rather than simply managing symptoms. Here are some facts about MAND members:
Training and education. NDs in Maine must be graduates of accredited, doctoral-level naturopathic medical schools. This encompasses more than 4,000 hours of education and training, including the same Western medical sciences as MD's. Members must be licensed by the State of Maine.
Time with patients. NDs take extra time to listen, answer questions, and discuss options. An initial visit typically lasts one or two hours. Patients of ND's are full partners in their treatment, and are empowered to take control of their own wellbeing.
Natural solutions. Prescription drugs can be helpful. Too often, though, they suppress pain and other symptoms, while underlying causes are not addressed. This can lead to more health problems. NDs look for and treat root causes. They prefer natural methods and substances that support the body’s resources and have fewer side effects.
In Maine, the ND license assures the public that the holder meets high standards of education and ethics. NDs continue to earn the trust and collaboration of MDs, DOs and other healthcare providers throughout the state.