Naturopathic Medicine in New York

Page last updated 19 Dec 2019

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Senate Bill 4297 and Assembly Bill 5913 Licensing bills.

SB 4297 referred to Senate Comm. on Higher Education; AB 5913 referred to Assembly Comm. on Higher Education. 

Would allow naturopaths to diagnose and treat disease and employ a broad scope of practice including intravenous administration of substances, the ordering of imaging exams, and prescription of hormones. Naturopaths would have to complete a one-year residency to become licensed.

Sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle and Representatives Steve Englebright and Marc Butler.

Information courtesy of Society for Science-Based Medicine.

Want to get involved?

Contact your New York Senate and Assembly representatives and voice your opposition to legitimizing the practice of naturopathy.

Not sure what to say? Check out these tips for speaking with lawmakers from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Sign the petition Naturopaths are not doctors: stop legitimizing pseudoscience

Media Coverage

New York state of mind and naturopathic nonsense. Naturopathic Diaries. 2017. Britt Hermes.

Scope of practice

Naturopaths are not registered or licensed in New York.


In 2015, bill A07035 was introduced to regulate naturopaths and establish a scope of practice for the profession.

How to file a complaint

Complaints against physicians are investigated by New York’s Office for Professional Misconduct. Anyone may file a complaint against a naturopath practicing medicine without a license. More information can be found on the office’s website.

Download complaint form

Send completed forms to

Office of Professional Medical Conduct
Central Intake Unit
Riverview Center
150 Broadway­ Suite 355
Albany, NY 12204­2719