Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care system founded on the honored medical principle that nature heals.
Our bodies have the inherent ability to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic Medicine supports this endeavor using remedies and techniques that are in harmony with natural processes, preferring noninvasive treatments which minimize the risks of harmful side effects.
Naturopathic Medicine was established in the United States over 100 years ago. Earlier in the century there were more than 20 naturopathic medical colleges, and naturopathic physicians were licensed in a majority of the states. Naturopathic Medicine experienced a decline in the 1940s and 50s with the rise and popularity of conventional medications, technological medicine, and the idea that medications could eliminate all diseases. It has experienced a resurgence in the past two decades, as a health conscious public seeks out alternatives to conventional medicine.