Scope of practice

Naturopathy covers many aspects of well-being. We use herbal medicine, nutrients and supplements, homeobotanical and homeopathic remedies, essential oils, and flower remedies. We advise on diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes. Some naturopaths may also practise massage and other body work.

By means of investigation, Naturopathy may use blood tests, live blood analysis, urine, saliva and hair analysis. Iridology and kinesiology are also techniques used.

Naturopaths recognised by the NMHNZ have received rigorous training and education including: 

  • knowledge of research methodology, methods and critique 
  • reviewing scientific information and research into natural plant/sea/animal/mineral substances and nutritional science 
  • medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical assessment, physical examination, and laboratory evaluation)
  • thorough case-taking 
  • clinical decision-making and the formulation of wellness or treatment plans, coaching and education, and referrals as appropriate. 

Standard health assessment utilised includes physical examination, naturopathic assessment, functional testing as well as routine laboratory testing. Modalities utilised by naturopaths include nutrition, dietary intervention, lifestyle coaching, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, homoeopathy, physical and mind-body therapies and energy techniques. The scope of practice of the Naturopath varies according to the individual’s training. It is expected that a Registered Naturopath, practising in other modalities, has a peer-recognised qualification that underpins their additional scope of practice.