​​Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, 

Washington DC, Hawaii, Kansas, 

​Maine, ​Maryland, New Hampshire,

 North Dakota, Oregon,
 Utah, ​Vermont, Washington 

Contact the State Licensing Board for more information regarding these states.

The Yellow Colored States you can practice with restrictions. 

Minnesota- You can practice as a Complementary & Alternative Health Care Practitioner. See MN Statutes Chapter 146A, added in 2007-2008. For more details contact the office of Unlicensed Complementary Alternative Healthcare Practice 
Colorado-   You can practice as a Complementary & Alternative Health Care Practitioner.

See Colorado SB 13-215 passed 2013
 You can practice as a Naturopath. As well as other titles.  See California SB577 passed in 2002

Definition of Naturopathy

Montana Code Annotated 2003
Title 37 Chapter 26-302. Exemptions. (1) This chapter recognizes that many of the therapies used by naturopathic physicians, such as the use of nutritional supplements, herbs, foods, homeopathic preparations, and such physical forces as heat, cold, water, touch, and light,are not the exclusive privilege of naturopathic physicians, and their use, practice, prescription, or administration by persons not licensed to practice naturopathic medicine is not prohibited by this chapter. 
     (2) This chapter does not restrict or apply to the scope of practice of any other professions licensed, certified, or registered under the laws of this state.

The Red colored States require a State License to practice.

If you have any questions about practicing in your state, ANMA suggests that you seek legal advice. 

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The Green colored States do not require a license to practice Naturopathy

Definition of Naturopathy

Naturopathic State Laws

​​Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee
In these states, it is Unlawful to practice Naturopathy.

It is a misdemeanor subject to fines or imprisonment or both.

Naturopathic Practitioners were first licensed in Florida in 1927. In 1957, the legislation abolished the licensing authority for Naturopathy. Those holding licenses at that time continue to be licensed and no new licenses have been issued. Doing anything that requires a license without a license is illegal.

South Carolina- 
South Carolina Code of Laws States:

​It shall be unlawful for any person whether heretofore licensed or not under the laws of this or any other State to practice naturopathy in this State.  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t40c031.php


63-6-205. Practice of naturopathy.
(a)  It is unlawful for any person to practice naturopathy in this state.

(b)  “Naturopathy” means nature cure or health by natural methods and is defined as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injuries, ailments and disease by the use of such physical forces, as air, light, water, vibration, heat, electricity, hydrotherapy, psychotherapy, dietetics or massage, and the administration of botanical and biological drugs. 

(c)     (1)  In no event shall naturopathy mean the sale of herbs or natural health information exchanges provided as a service so long as:
          (A)  The sale or provision of information exchanges is not conducted for the purpose of the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of any physical ailment or physical injury to or deformity of another; and

          (B)  In any instance involving natural health information exchanges, the seller obtains a signed acknowledgement from the buyer that the seller is neither a licensed practitioner of the healing arts in this state, nor meets the recognized qualification criteria that would allow the provision of any form of diagnosis, treatment recommendation or medical care in this state. For the purposes of meeting the requirements of this section, the seller shall keep the signed acknowledgement from the buyer on file for a period of three (3) years.

          (2)  [Deleted by 2012 amendment]
(d)  A violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor.
(e)  This section does not apply to persons who comply with the regulatory laws of the state with respect to the practice of the various healing arts.

Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a natural health care profession, emphasizing prevention, support, and optimal health through the use of all natural, non-invasive therapies and natural substances that encourage an individuals’ inherent self-healing process. Naturopathy recognizes the body’s self healing abilities. The human body has the inherent ability to recover from the constant assaults by the environment, lifestyle, and improper or bad dietary habits. Taking into account an individuals’ physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spirituality and other factors naturopathy encourages healthy choices and the elimination of underlying causes of illness. Clients are encouraged to take charge of their own well being. Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine never includes minor surgery or prescription drugs. Instead clients are advised to seek out properly trained professionals that provide such services. Naturopathy does not cure disease. Instead naturopathy supports the body through treatment programs that may over stress the body.