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What is Traditional Naturopathy?

 Leonardo Da Vinci

“Naturopathy is a philosophy that encompasses a view of life; it’s a model for living a full life. The word naturopathy is a Latin-Greek hybrid, which can be defined as ‘being close to or benefiting from nature.’” — Stewart Mitchell, Naturopathy: Understanding the Healing Power of Nature

A traditional, classical naturopath specializes in wellness. That is to say, teaching clients how applying natural lifestyle approaches can act to facilitate the body’s own natural healing and health building potential. The traditional naturopath does not undertake to “diagnose” or “treat diseases,” but rather recognizes that the majority of sub-health conditions are cumulative lifestyle effects, and that the underlying cause of what we call “disease” (or, “dis-ease”) is improper diet, unhealthy habits, and environmental factors, which cause biological imbalances leading to a weakening of the natural defenses and subsequent breakdown in health.

The New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal Studies is a leading school that teaches traditional naturopathy in light of contemporary disease and disorders. If you want a Doctor of Naturopathy Degree, this is the place you need to be at.

Traditional Naturopathy is a natural healing art that promotes well-being.

Traditional Naturopaths guide and teach their client in natural health approaches such as fasting and detoxification, dietary improvements, the use of herbs, hot baths, aromatherapy, exercise, rest, sunshine, and many other natural health modalities.

The practice of Traditional Naturopathy is not considered the practice of medicine and is currently legal in all 50 states, except South Carolina and Tennessee.

The practice of Traditional Naturopathy is recognized as a common occupation at the Federal level (U.S. Congress 1928, 1929, 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.

Traditional Naturopathy is legal in Europe and in most countries.



For those that do not desire a doctorate level curriculum, this program is ideal in that it equips the student with all the principles, the healing arts, and the science that a naturopathic practitioner needs in order to efficiently and effectively counsel individuals in natural health care.

Graduates can refer themselves as naturopaths and can apply for board certification with the following organizations:


This three year program meets the World Health Organization (WHO) standards for Naturopathy training. Ideal in countries where the WHO standards are respected.
A useful program where the designation “doctor of naturopathy” is not permitted. This program meets the World Naturopathic Federation training standards for membership.

Note: The WHO Training Standards for Naturopathy is quickly becoming the global standard of excellence for Naturopathic education.

* IANHP Approved Naturopathic Curriculum


High school diploma or GED
Duration: Distance learning, generally takes 24 to 36 months to complete

Outline of Courses:


75 credit hours via distance learning
25 credits awarded for the 400 hours of internship

Note: Certain courses can be replaced by other courses we offer. Courses that can be replaced are; Practical Iridology, Herbal First Aid, Kinesiology, Homeopathy, and Reflexology.

Notation: Natural Health Approaches I Credit 5 can be replaced by Natural Therapies Credit 5


Total Credits: 100

Note: Students can begin their internship after the first 15 courses are completed. A local internship is recommended. See our Resource Center for internship information.


$4500.00 (based on 75 credit hours)

$60.00 per credit hour(Textbooks are not included, some eBooks are.)

A Natural Health and Wellness DVD Workshop is available for purchase at

New Eden School grants 25 internship hours for the DVD Workshop.

Award: Advanced Professional Diploma in Traditional Naturopathy

Designation: ND (Naturopath Diploma)

New:  Naturopath Diplomate (ND) Advanced Doctorate Diploma Program                                                        With the completion of a Doctoral Dissertation Credit 18 (would cost only 540.00 instead of 1080.00) a Naturopath Diplomate (ND) Advanced Doctorate Diploma would be granted. The total cost is 5,040.00 and with the 30% discount (if paid in full) it would cost 3528.00  The internship is not required for the doctorate. The total credit hours awarded is 93 but the student only pays for 84. When submitting an application, click other and enter Naturopath Diplomate (ND).

Ask about our all eBook version of the Naturopath Diplomate Program for overseas students and for U.S. students that are interested. The eBook version is ideal for those that live outside the USA where textbook shipments sometimes take several months.

ND graduates can apply for board certification with the following organizations:

American Council for Holistic Medicine

American Naturopathic
Certification Board (ANCB)

American Naturopathic Medical
Certification Board (ANMCB)

Naturopathic registration is available through

This organization grants you the use of the Registered Traditional Naturopath (RTN) designation.

Graduates may apply for Board Certification with the American Association for Natural Wellness Practitioners (AANWP) at

Additional courses recommended:


  • Amino Acid Therapy Credit 2
  • Pharmacology Credit 4
  • Digestive Wellness Credit 4
  • pH Balance for Optimal Wellness Credit 1
  • Wellness Counseling for Natural Health Professionals Credit 2
  • Natural Solutions to Food Allergies and Food Intolerances Credit 3
  • Micro-circulation Enhancement Credit 1
  • Nail, Skin, Tongue Analysis Credit 2
  • Cancer, GMO’s and Vaccines Credit 4


One of the best, in-depth, traditional ND curriculum in America and abroad.

In this doctorate level curriculum, the student is properly trained in traditional naturopathy and is educated in conventional approaches in order to wisely give naturopathic consultations to those in need of it.

This curriculum exceeds the World Health Organization (WHO) Standards for Naturopathy training.

* IANHP Approved Naturopathic Curriculum

Important: This doctorate curriculum does not prepare or authorize graduates to diagnose or treat disease but to educate and counsel individuals or groups in natural health. 

Doctor is defined as ” teacher”
Physician is defined as “healer”
Doctors of Traditional Naturopathy are teachers.


Completion of the Associate Degree in Naturopathy (ADN) or a college Associate degree.                                                                                                                60 credit hours in a non-related field is also acceptable.                                                                                                                                                                                      Note: With approval of the New Eden School, we may qualify natural health professionals directly into the ND program if they have been in practice or business for at least two years in the area of  counseling, consulting, coaching, or practice.

Duration: Average time of completion is 36 to 48 months by distance learning

Outline of Courses:

Seven Credit Hours from the Following Electives:

The elective courses must be chosen immediately at enrollment

* Highly recommended


Doctoral Dissertation Credit 18 

Note: There are options to the doctoral dissertation

Total Credit Hours: 120

Tuition: $5,820.00

$60.00 per credit (Textbooks and some eBooks are not included.)

Important: The  Doctoral Dissertation has  no charge. 

Award: Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy (ND) Degree

The ND designation stands for Naturopathic Doctor

Graduates can also use the following alternative designations:

Doctor of Natural Health (DNH)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Natural Health Diplomate (N.H.D)

Certification Boards:

The American Council for Holistic Medicine at

American Naturopathic
Certification Board (ANCB)

American Naturopathic Medical
Certification Board (ANMCB)

Naturopathic Registration is available through

Registration allows you to carry the designation: Registered Traditional Naturopath (RTN)
400 Clinical hours are required for registration.

Note: Our Doctor of Naturopathy program does not qualify graduates to take the NPLEX exams. We are not aware of any online school that does. See for more information.



An excellent diploma program comprised mostly of eBooks. This Naturopathic Study program provides the student the education needed to offer competent naturopathic counseling.


High School Graduation or GED


An average of 12 months or more to complete

Outline of Courses:

Total Credit Hours: 40

Tuition: $2400.00

$60.00 per credit hour

Chemistry Basics, energy medicine and Bach Flower Remedies eBooks are included in the tuition, the rest need to be purchased through

Award: Professional Diploma in Traditional Naturopathy

Additional Recommended Courses:

  •     Amino Acid Therapy Credit 2
  •     Pathology I Credit 5
  •     Pathology II Credit 5
  •     Kinesiology Credit 3
  •     Micro-circulation Enhancement Credit 1
  •     Nail, Skin, Tongue Analysis Credit 2
  •     Basic Sclerology Credit 1
  •     Natural Solutions to Food Allergies and Food Intolerances Credit 3
  •     Cancer, GMO’s and Vaccines Credit 4

Board Certification available through:

American Council for Holistic Medicine (ACHM)

American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB)

Graduates can apply for membership and/or registration with the International Association of Natural Health Practitioners at

They offer a Naturopathic Practitioner Registration.


  • A curriculum that prepares the student for professional naturopathic counseling.
  • A program that is comprised of eBooks only.
  • Requirement: High School or GED
  • Duration: Self-paced, generally takes four to six months to complete.

Top Field Accreditation and Approvals

American Naturopathic Certification Board

American Naturopathic Certification Board

American Council for Holistic Medicine (ACHM)

American Council for Holistic Medicine (ACHM)

Complementary Medical Association

New Eden School is a registered college of the Complementary Medical Association

New Eden School Of TraditionalNaturopathy

Our Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy Program meets and exceeds the World Health Organization (WHO) Standards for naturopathy training.

New Eden School has students throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere.

New Eden Naturopathic graduates should be able to practice in every European country except Germany, Switzerland, and Hungary.
Please check your country’s laws for updates.


The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group.

For those that desire to meet the WHO Standards for Naturopathy Training, you would need to complete 400 actual hours of internship (hands-on).

Click here to view the WHO Standards for Naturopathy Programs.

Register Naturopath

Register as a Naturopath with the IANHP at:

Primitius International

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New Eden Scuola Di Naturopatia

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