What is Naturopathic Medicine ?


From the World Naturopathic Federation

From the World Naturopathic Federation

Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine with a deep history of traditional views and practices of life, medically trained practicing naturopaths and naturopathic doctors, and natural treatment options offered to patients.

History of Naturopathic Natural Medicine Therapy
Naturopathy: A natural medical therapy that has been around since the time of the Greeks in B.C. was practiced in the German region for centuries as naturopathy. Many of the principles and philosophies of naturopathic medicine originated in Germany and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Before 1900 Naturopaths were trained by European naturopathic doctors from all over the world, using hydrotherapy, medicinal herbs, and other traditional healing techniques. Today, European countries consider the practice of naturopathy as health care, as a health care system that has evolved by incorporating the naturopathic principles, theories, styles, and traditions codified in North America into the traditional medicine of each country. The traditional forms and practices of naturopathic medicine therapy are common in Europe.
North America is considered the home of modern naturopathy or Naturopathic medicine natural medicine therapy. Most schools in North America are government licensed, and all regions within North America are either regulated or working towards licensure (50% of Canadian provinces and 38% of all US states/territories are regulated). There are strong national and regional naturopathic associations naturopathic therapy organizations, ongoing naturopathic naturopathic research, professional groups and journals to support the practice of naturopathic medicine naturopathic medicine. North America North America is credited with codifying the principles of naturopathic medicine and contributing to some of the established theories and practices currently in use around the world.

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When North American or European trained naturopaths/naturopaths move and acquire their skills, naturopathic medicine is introduced to that country. European and North American training with traditional medicine systems in their countries are integrated. For example, naturopathic medicine therapy was introduced to India after being trained by European naturopaths. Respondents from Southeast Asia indicated that they were originally trained in the United States.

The World Naturopathic Federation is currently working on a research project to clarify and systematize the historical basis of naturopathic medicine around the world.

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Naturopathic Principles

Naturopathic medicine There has historically been extensive debate about the principles and practices of natural medicine therapy until 1986, when the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) formed a committee consisting of naturopathic physicians Pamela Snider, Jared Zeff, and others. These practitioners spent over three years reviewing historical data and documents and interviewing over 1,000 people. In 1989, the definition of Naturopathic Medicine naturopathic medicine and the description of the six naturopathic medicine principles were formally codified and accepted by two North American naturopathic societies (American Naturopathic Physician (AANP) and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)). (AANP) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). Based on the 2014 Global Naturopathic Naturopathic Medicine Workforce Survey, these principles appear to have international recognition and acceptance.

The principles of natural medicine therapy as taught in most countries include the following

First, Do No Harm (primum non nocere)

The healing power of nature (vis medicatrixnaturae)

Treat the cause (tollecausam)

Healing the whole person (tolletotum)

The natural medicine doctor as teacher (docere)

Prevention of disease and promotion of health

Wellness (healthy life)

Naturopathic Theories
There are numerous natural medicine therapy theories that are practiced around the world.
Body Fluid Theory
Therapeutic Orders
Complex System Theories

Naturopathic Modalities

The Naturopathic modalities or treatments used around the world vary from country to country. Some of the most common Naturopathic naturopathic modalities are as follows

Clinical Nutrition
Homeopathic medicines
Healing therapies
Compensatory therapy

Biomolecular approach

Modern phytotherapy

Patient Relief Relationships

Physical Medicine
Prevention and Lifestyle Counseling
Hygiene Therapy
Nature Cure

Some Naturopathic Naturopathic Physicians receive additional training in other natural therapies, such asAyurvedic Medicine
Prescription Rights
IV Therapy
Chelating Therapy
Minor Surgery
Colon Therapy (Bowel Cleansing)


Naturopath / Naturopathic Doctor Q&A
Naturopathic naturopathy has existed as a recognized profession for over a century and is currently practiced in over 100 countries. WNF recognizes the global diversity of the naturopathic profession as it relates to educational accreditation standards and political recognition around the world. WNF respects the diversity of the profession and encourages professional collaboration at all levels.

The terminology used in naturopathic medicine is strongly influenced by the political and regulatory situation in each country, as well as the history and development of the naturopathic profession in a given country. In many countries, practitioners of naturopathic medicine are called naturopaths, and medical practitioners are called naturopaths. However, in countries where the practice of naturopathic medicine is generally highly regulated and educated, practitioners are referred to as Naturopathic Doctors naturopathic doctors. The following Q & A is designed to clarify two of the primary titles used within the profession, Naturopath and Naturopathic doctor.
The following is how the terms practitioner "Naturopath Naturopath" and "Naturopathic Doctor Naturopathic Doctor" are translated around the world.

Q: What is the main difference between a Naturopath and a Naturopathic doctor?

A: The term "Naturopath" is the original term used to describe a professional in the field of natural medicine therapy. The term "Naturopath" is in common use in some parts of the world. The term "naturopathic doctor" is in common use in several parts of the world, including naturopathic doctors who have completed a broader naturopathic education program with a doctoral degree, and those areas where the title "naturopathic doctor" is recognized and regulated by the local naturopathic profession. It is important to note that the terms "naturopathic doctor" and/or "naturopathic medicine" do not exist or cannot be used due to regulations in some parts of the world. Japan is included in some of these countries.
There are also extensive naturopathic education programs in some countries, but the title used is Naturopath Naturopath. 

Unfortunately, the basics and fundamentals of natural medicine do not exist in Japan. Hence, the

The Japanese Society of Natural Medicine is now an official member of the WNF.


WHO:At the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA)
World Health Organization: World Health Assembly
For the first time in the WHA document, natural medicine and other therapies were directly included as a requirement in the agenda for universal, patient-centered health care.
agenda, including naturopathic medicine.

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