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What is Traditional Naturopathy?

 Leonardo Da Vinci

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

“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.

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, Florida, 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.


1. Associate Degree in Naturopathy (ADN) Program

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.


High School Diploma or GED
Generally takes 12 to 24 months to complete via distance learning

Outline of Courses:

Credit Hours: 60

Tuition: $4800.00

$80.00 per credit hour(Textbooks are not included, some eBooks are.)


Associate Degree in Traditional Naturopathy

Ask us about our all ebook version of the ADN program for overseas students and domestic students who are interested.

Additional courses that are highly recommended:

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

2. Naturopath Diploma (ND) Program

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. 


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

Outline of Courses:

Credit Hours:

  • 75 credit hours via distance learning
  • 25 credits awarded for the 400 hours of internship (See our Resource Center web page for internship sources)
  • Ask us about our all eBook version of this program for overseas students or domestic.

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 / 75 without the internship

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.


Tuition: $6000.00 (based on 75 credit hours)

$80.00 per credit hour(Textbooks are not included, some eBooks are.)

A Natural Health and Wellness Digital Video Workshop is available through 

New Eden School grants 15 actual internship hours for the Video Workshop.


Advanced Professional Diploma in Traditional Naturopathy


ND (Naturopath Diploma)


Graduates can refer to themselves as naturopaths and can apply for board certification with the following organizations below.

Graduates are also authorized to utilize the designation Naturopathic Practitioner (NP) or Natural Health Practitioner (NHP)

Naturopathic registration is available through IANHP

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)

Additional courses recommended:

  • 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
  • Nail, Skin, Tongue Analysis Credit 2

3. Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy (ND) Degree Program

Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy (ND) Degree Program | All Ebooks Version

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 the 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:

Thirteen Credit Hours from the Following Electives:

The elective courses must be chosen immediately at enrollment.  By school approval, certain required courses above can be replaced by other courses we offer.

* Highly recommended


Doctoral Dissertation Credit 18 (no tuition fee)

Note: There are options to the doctoral dissertation

Total Credit Hours: 120

Tuition: $8160.00

$80.00 per credit (Textbooks and some eBooks are not included.)


Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy (ND) Degree

The ND designation stands for Naturopathic Doctor

Check our all eBook version of the Doctor of Naturopathy Degree 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 are not available or sometimes take several months. This program includes video classes and a virtual internship.

Graduates can also use the following alternative designations:

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

Certification Boards:

Naturopathic Registration is available through IANHP

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 ANMA for more information.

4. Naturopathic Practitioner (NP)

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: $3200.00

$80.00 per credit hour

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


Professional Diploma in Traditional Naturopathy

Additional Recommended Courses:

  • Amino Acid Therapy Credit 2
  • Pathology 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
  • R.B.T.I Analysis Credit 2

Board Certification available through:

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

They offer a Naturopathic Practitioner Registration.

5. Naturopathic Counselor (NC)

  • A curriculum that prepares the student for professional naturopathic counseling.
  • A program that is comprised of eBooks only.
  • Requirement: None
  • Duration: Self-paced, generally takes four to six months to complete.

Outline of Courses:

Total Credit Hours: 18

Tuition: $1440.00

$80.00 per credit hour ( Some eBooks are included with the program )


Certificate in Traditional Naturopathy

Alternative designation:

Natural Health Consultant (N.H.C)

Additional Recommended Courses:

Graduates can apply for a Naturopathic Counselor registration with the IANHP

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)

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.