Welcome to the AKANP
The Alaska Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Inc is the professional association for Naturopathic Physicians licensed in Alaska.
Our mission is to advance the philosophy, art and science of naturopathic medicine; to educate the public, and to ensure the rights of Alaskans to access a health system based upon the principals of naturopathic medicine.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle modifications and cutting edge as well as time tested natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex interrelated system (a whole person), not as a clogged artery or a tumor. NDs are deeply interested in what makes a person truly well on all levels of being. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of health care that combines a variety of natural medicines and treatments with conventional medical diagnostics and standards. Naturopathic doctors craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to restore and maintain health.
A licensed Naturopathic doctor (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, botanical medicine, and counseling. A Naturopathic doctor takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed in Alaska as a primary care general practice physician. Naturopathic doctors have been licensed as primary health care providers in the state of Alaska since 1986.
Like all primary care providers, naturopathic doctors work with and refer patients to other healthcare providers including conventional medical doctors, specialists, and complementary healthcare providers, such as acupuncturists and chiropractors.