Naturopathic Medicine in Michigan

Page last updated 19 Dec 2019

Action alert

The state association website states it is “spearheading” licensing legislation for the up-coming session but makes no mention of an active bill. The state organizers inaccurately refer to licensed naturopaths as having completed medical educations:

Naturopathic Physicians have attended 4 year accredited medical school, passed national medical exams (NPLEX), and completed medical residencies.

This is wildly misleading.

Naturopaths attend accredited naturopathic schools, not medical schools. Naturopaths are not required to complete residencies to practice, except for in the state of Utah. In states that allow licensure, naturopaths must pass a naturopathic licensing exam called the NPLEX. This exam tests benchmarks that are set by the Committee on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). The NPLEX is not a board certification exam, which tests a licensed physician’s knowledge in a specialty field following a multi-year long residency position. Due to major deficiencies in their training, graduates of naturopathic schools accredited by the CNME are not eligible for these medical residency positions completed by physicians.

Media Coverage

Will naturopathic quackery be licensed in Michigan? Respectful Insolence. 2013. Orac.

Scope of practice

Naturopaths are not licensed or registered in Michigan.


In 2015, Representative Lyons re-introduced House Bill 4531 to license naturopaths. The bill died in chamber.

How to file a complaint

Physicians in the state are regulated by the Michigan Board of Medicine. Anyone may file a complaint against a naturopath practicing medicine without a license.

Download complaint form

The MD profession box should be checked to file a complaint against a naturopath practicing medicine in Michigan. Send completed forms to

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Professional Licensing Investigations & Inspections Division
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909-8170
Detailed information regarding the complaint process can be found here.