The 7th Annual U.S. Naturopathic Medicine Week will be held October 6-12, 2019.
Who are naturopathic physicians?
Naturopathic medicine treats the whole person – body, mind and spirit. It considers nutrition, lifestyle, environment, genetics, and social factors affecting health and favors the least invasive approach first. Naturopathic medicine addresses the causes behind illness rather than just treating the symptoms.
- A licensed naturopathic physician attends an accredited, four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in the same basic sciences as an MD; s/he also studies holistic and non-toxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.
- According to the National Institutes of Health, about 4 in 10 adults and 1 in 9 children in the U.S. use some form of alternative medicine.
- The top health needs for which patients most often seek naturopathic care are general primary care, women’s health and aging, and digestive disorders.
- Other conditions commonly treated include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, allergies, asthma, headaches, infertility, Lyme disease, HIV, chronic pain, and more.
- Research from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) reveals that women visit naturopathic doctors more than men, as they seek to return to a state of mental and physical balance and wish to maintain their energy and health as they age.
- A majority of older Americans (65 +) say they would prefer if their doctor began their care with natural therapies rather than immediately beginning with prescription drugs or invasive procedures.
- Naturopathic medicine is not just for the affluent, as evidenced by a predominance of patients in the $50-$100K income bracket.
- Licensed NDs rely on methods and substances that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
- Licensed NDs educate patients and encourage them to take responsibility for their own health.
The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges offers you the chance to learn more about naturopathic medicine. And as a prospective student or as a patient to learn which naturopathic schools meet both federal and academic standards.
In prior years to support this special week, countless AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians) members (practicing NDs as well as students) have organized events ranging from open houses, fun runs, lectures, wine tastings, film showings, health fairs and raffles. Look in your area for naturopathic physicians who are involved with activities that you can join this week.
Priority One continues to support shows and events through our attendance and samples that we sponsor for these events. If you are a naturopathic physician, student or a healthcare professional and you would like samples for your event, please email [email protected] and we will be in touch shortly.