Naturopathic Medicine in Minnesota

Page last updated 19 Dec 2019

Action alert


Senate Bill 1514 and House Bill 1138 attempted to change naturopathic registration into licensing. The bill would have also allowed licensed naturopaths use the title “physician,” prescribe legend drugs, perform minor office procedures, and complete physical examinations including gynecological exams.

HB 1138 authored by Representatives Mary Franson, Peggy Flanagan, and Nick Zerwas.

SB 1514 authored by Senators Melissa Wiklund, Jim Abeler, and Chris Eaton.

Information courtesy of Society for Science-Based Medicine.

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Media Coverage

“Doctors” of Naturopathy in Minnesota? Or: Barbarians at the gate. 2008. Respectful Insolence. Orac.

Scope of practice

Naturopaths are registered in Minnesota.

Title: Can use the title “doctor”

  • Prohibited from using title “physician”

Prescription drugs: Not permitted to prescribe legend substances.

Controlled substances: Not permitted to prescribe controlled substances.

IV administration: Not permitted

Diagnostic tests: May order and interpret diagnostic labs.

Minor office procedures: Permitted.

Spinal manipulations: Permitted.

Childbirth/ midwifery: Not defined. Prohibited from inducing or performing abortions.

Vaccine waiver: Not defined.

Naturopathic assistants: Not defined.

Naturopathic Work Group report to the MN legislature 2009

2019 Minnesota statutes for naturopathy

Continuing education requirements

Naturopaths are required to completed 25 hours of continuing education annually, with five hours in pharmacotherapeutics.


Naturopaths have been licensed in Minnesota since 2008.

How to file a complaint

Naturopaths are regulated by the Registered Naturopathic Doctor Advisory Council which is overseen by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Anyone can file a complaint.

Download the form

Mail completed forms to

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
2829 University Ave SE, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3246