What is the INPA

The Iowa Naturopathic Physicians Association (INPA) is a physician led organization pursuing licensure for the state of Iowa. Our goal is to create and maintain legislation that allows full scope of practice for naturopathic physicians (ND and NMD) within our level of training. 

Our members are graduates of government accredited four-year, graduate-level, fulltime, in-residence naturopathic medical programs. While the State of Iowa does not regulate the naturopathic profession at this time, our members maintain a naturopathic physician's license in another state.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs, NMDs) are the nation's leading experts in natural medicine and natural health care. In states that regulate naturopathic medicine, naturopathic doctors serve both as family doctors and specialists in natural medicine. They are recognized as primary care providers for insurance companies and serve as general practitioners for families.
Congratulations Maryland!

In 2014 the Governor signed landmark legislation for Maryland to license naturopathic doctors.

Maryland's NDs & NMDs will be licensed in March of 2016
Way To Go !

Will Licensing Naturopathic Physicians Cost the State Money?

No.  Licensing Naturopathic Physicians will save the state money.

Our legislation calls for the newest legislative innovation of combining licensing boards therefore saving the state redundant administrative fees as well as reducing health care costs.  Treatment of preventable chronic disease currently cost the state of Iowa close to 1 billion dollars a year.

Is Naturopathic Medicine Safe?

Yes. Naturopathic Medicine is extremely safe.  Naturopathic Doctors are trained to optimize health, prevent illness and refer to other professionals whenever necessary. 

 "Upon reviewing cases contained in Jury Verdicts Northwest’s database we found no cases against naturopaths for prescription negligence, or for that matter our database contained no cases against naturopaths at all.”  Jury Verdicts Northwest covers over 75% of practicing NDs in the country.

“In the years that NCMIC has been insuring Naturopathic Physicians and the colleges, we have never opened a claim based on an allegation against a Naturopathic Physician involving prescription medications."  NCMIC is a Mal-Practice Company in Des Moines, IA, that is the largest mal-practice insurer of naturopathic physicians



The bill numbers and subcommittee members in both chambers have been assigned! Please email the members of both subcommittees and let them know you support the licensure of naturopathic physicians in Iowa. Please reference the bill numbers in your emails for their convenience.


Senate: SSB 1067

Senator Jeff Danielson:

Senator Rick Bertrand:

Senator Wally Horn:


House: HSB 51

Representative Linda Miller:

Representative Kevin Koester:

Representative Cindy Winckler:


Please email your own district senator and representative as well. Both these things need to be done as soon as possible as things move very fast on capital hill! You can find your district legislators by clicking on the link below:


The next step will be to email all of the committee members on the State Government Committee in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. You can find the State Government committee members by clicking the link below and then on "State Government" under each chamber. Feel free to call them as well!


Thank you Iowa!


   Philosophy and Treatment

   Naturopathic physicians are
   trained as integrative doctors,
   emphasizing the use of natural
   therapies in the treatment and
   prevention of acute and chronic
   illnesses.  Naturopathic practice
   is predicated upon the
   assumption  that the human body
   is inherently  capable of healing
   itself. In  practice, NDs perform
   physical  examinations, take
   thorough  health histories, make
   nutritional  and dietary
   assessments, and order lab
   tests.  NDs may also  order
   diagnostic tests and imaging
   procedures such as x-rays,
   ultrasounds, and anything else a
   primary care physician would
   require to assess health and
   determine appropriate treatment
   methods for a patient. Referrals
   are made to specialists or other
   healthcare providers for
   additional  testing or treatment
   when  necessary. Licensed NDs
   are  currently working alongside
   medical doctors (M.D.) and
   osteopathic doctors (D.O.) in
   progressive states to provide
   integrative solutions. 

Why License Naturopathic Physicians?

Here are 5 reasons:

#1  Naturopathic Medicine Lowers Health Care Costs.  The Vermont Auto Dealers Association saved $1.5 million in health care cost the first year they made Naturopathic Medicine available to their members.

#2  Naturopathic Protocols Improve Health.

In a one year study with 800 participants, Naturopathic Medicine:
          - Decreased high blood pressure by 47%
          - Decreased diabetes rates by 20%
          - Decreased obesity by 15%
          - Decreased high cholesterol by 17%
          - Decreased high risk stress by 24%
          - Decreased heart disease risks by 43%

#3  ND’s Increase Traffic to Health Centered Businesses.  There are more health food stores, more organic food choices and more Integrative Medicine options in states that license Naturopathic Physicians.

#4  Regulation Provides Public Safety.  Physicians need a license to carry malpractice insurance and acquire research grants.  Regulation ensures adequate standards in education and best practices.

#5  No Licensure = No Access.     

Only with Licensure of Naturopathic Physicians can you have access to Naturopathic Care.  Without licensure you will have to go to another state to see a physician with formal training in nutrition and primary care diagnosis.

 Currently, 17 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto  Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing or regulation laws for naturopathic  doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from an accredited  four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board  examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license. 

 Licensed naturopathic physicians must fulfill state-mandated continuing education requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state's law.  The states that currently have licensing laws for naturopathic physicians are:

    • Alaska
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • District of Columbia
    • Hawaii
    • Kansas
    • Maine
    • Maryland 
    • Minnesota
    • Montana
    • New Hampshire
    • North Dakota
    • Oregon
    • Utah
    • Vermont
    • Washington
    • United States Territories: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine bridges the gap between natural and conventional medicine. It is a distinct and comprehensive form of medicine that blends centuries-old, natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems. Naturopathic medicine covers all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care, with a special focus on whole-patient wellness. Naturopathic physicians are specifically trained to integrate natural and conventional medicine. As such, Naturopathic physicians complement and enrich other medical models and treatment modalities.