Learn about Naturopathic Medicine
The History of Naturopathic Medicine
In the United States, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, peer review, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research. The History of Naturopathic Medicine Naturopathic medicine as a distinct health care profession is almost 100 years old and has its origins in the philosophy of Hippocrates and the healing wisdom of many cultures. Benedict Lust brought Naturopathic Medicine to New York State in 1896. In the early 20th century, practitioners of a variety of medical disciplines joined together to form the first Naturopathic medical societies. Naturopathic medical conventions attracted more than 10,000 practitioners; there were more than 20 Naturopathic colleges, and Naturopathic physicians were licensed in most states.
Naturopathic medicine experienced a decline in the 1940’s and 50’s with increased popularity of pharmaceutical drugs and technological medicine, and a widespread belief that these therapies could eliminate all disease. Over the past twenty years, a health-conscious public has sought out alternatives to conventional medicine and, because of this; Naturopathic medicine has experienced resurgence.
Naturopathy continues to grow and evolve as a body of knowledge. Naturopathic medicine, as an organized profession, is committed to ongoing research and development of its science. It incorporates many elements of scientific modern medicine.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Treat the Whole Person
Is Naturopathic Medicine Effective?
Naturopathic diagnosis and therapeutics are supported by scientific research drawn from peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines, including naturopathic medicine, conventional medicine, European complementary medicine, clinical nutrition, phytotherapy, pharmacognosy, homeopathy, psychology and spirituality.
Information technology and new concepts in clinical outcomes assessment are particularly well-suited to evaluating the effectiveness of naturopathic treatment protocols and are being used in research, both at naturopathic medical schools and in the offices of practicing physicians. Clinical research into natural therapies has become an increasingly important focus for naturopathic doctors.