Working as a Naturopath
The GNC is the regulator for Naturopathy in the UK. Accepted onto our register are practitioners who are either fully qualified naturopaths or naturopathic practitioners. What’s the difference between the two?
The training for our Registered Naturopaths will normally involve a minimum of three years of part-time study. During this time the student will be fully trained in at least one major therapeutic discipline, for example herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, acupuncture, osteopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, students will learn a range of therapeutic skills and techniques that can be applied in practice, including hydrotherapy, and the psychosocial skills that are so important for so many of our clients in our world today.
Another key therapeutic approach is to understand the structure of the body and how misalignments may have a detrimental effect on health; so many people these days recognise the aches and pains that develop as a result of poor posture.
These, and other, therapeutic approaches will be taught from the naturopathic perspective that is explained below. Once qualified, the practitioner is able to register with the GNC as a Registered Naturopath; you will find these naturopaths by using our ‘Find a Practitioner’ search.
Naturopathic practitioners are listed as Associate Naturopaths when you search our ‘Find a Practitioner’ register. They are trained and fully qualified in at least one therapeutic discipline that is taught from a naturopathic perspective, such as naturopathic nutrition, colon hydrotherapy, Hijama, osteopathy, homeopathy, herbalism and naturopathic herbal medicine.