People might be surprised to discover that Naturopathic medicine, while rooted in traditional remedies with long historical use, is heavily backed by rigorous scientific methods. Treatments involving clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Diet and Lifestyle Therapy have consistently shown clinical improvement, cementing their place in complementary health care.
Naturopathic medical schools are accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) after which they are eligible for membership in the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). There are seven accredited schools in North America, including two here in Canada. These government-appointed boards require candidates to pass comprehensive examinations before licensing them to practice.
Below, you will find more information on how exactly we are trained in this profound and effective model of primary health care.
Did you know?
In 1983, the World Health Organization recommended the integration of Naturopathic Medicine into conventional health care systems.
In 1994, Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences, a Naturopathic medical school, was awarded almost $1 million in research funds from the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine to research alternative therapies for patients with HIV and AIDS.
Graduates of accredited Naturopathic medical colleges are required to have more hours of study in basic sciences and clinical sciences than graduates of Yale or Stanford medical schools.
The “anti-cancer” diet recognized by the National Cancer Institute was first published in a Naturopathic medical textbook in the 1940s.
Graduates of accredited Naturopathic medical colleges receive more formal training in therapeutic nutrition than MDs, osteopathic physicians, or registered dietitians.
The government of Germany now requires conventional doctors and pharmacists to receive training in Naturopathic techniques because of their cost-effectiveness.
Today, there are over two thousand licensed practicing Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.s) in the United States and Canada.
As of August 1996, 12 states in the US and five provinces of Canada now license Naturopathic Doctors as primary-care physicians. It was projected that all 50 states would license Naturopathic Doctors by the year 2010.
The County Council in Seattle, Washington, established the nation’s first government-subsidized Naturopathic medical clinic.