Advocacy for naturopathic medicine

Research in peer-reviewed journal on what licensed naturopathic doctors do. Naturopathic medicine serves as a form of primary care in the treatment and prevention of disease. It is commonly used for chronic conditions, for treatments unsuccessful by conventional standards, as adjunctive care for cancer and other immune-related and stress-related conditions. It is excellent to visit a naturopathic doctor before and after surgery as it improves the outcomes of surgery and speeds recovery time.

Prim Care. 2010 Mar;37(1):119-36.

Naturopathy and the primary care practice.

Fleming SA, Gutknecht NC.

Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1100 Delaplaine Court Madison, WI 53715-1896, USA.


Naturopathy is a distinct type of primary care medicine that blends age-old healing traditions with scientific advances and current research. Naturopathy is guided by a unique set of principles that recognize the body’s innate healing capacity, emphasize disease prevention, and encourage individual responsibility to obtain optimal health. Naturopathic treatment modalities include diet and clinical nutrition, behavioral change, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, pharmaceuticals, and minor surgery. Naturopathic physicians (NDs) are trained as primary care physicians in 4-year, accredited doctoral-level naturopathic medical schools. At present, there are 15 US states, 2 US territories, and several provinces in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand that recognize licensure for NDs.

In Vivo. 2007 Mar-Apr;21(2):423-8.

Review. Evidence-based complementary oncology. Innovative approaches to optimize standard therapy strategies.

Beuth J, Schierholz JM.

University of Cologne, Institute for Naturopathy, Joseph-Stelzmann-Strasse 9, 50931 Cologne, Germany.


Cancer diseases demand diagnostic and therapeutic measures with proven quality, safety and efficacy. The basis for evaluation is clinical studies representing levels I or II (randomized controlled trials (RCT) or epidemiological cohort studies) in accordance with recommendations of the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, University of Oxford, UK Regarding these claims, surgery, chemo-, radio- and hormone therapy have emerged as the gold standard in the treatment of carcinomas. These therapies have proven their cancer destructive potencies and their curative feasibilities, dependent on the particular cancer entity and stage. Complementary therapies are recommended to support and optimize the scientifically-based cancer standard treatment. Complementary medicine is currently widely debated by the oncological community, because the required scientific proof of safety and effectiveness for most of the therapeutic approaches has not yet been definitively provided. In the past years, basic research and clinical evaluation of defined complementary therapeutic concepts in oncology have been intensified in an attempt to integrate these procedures into evidence-based medicine. Scientifically-based therapies of complementary medicine cannot replace the well studied conventional cancer-destructive therapies such as surgery, chemo-, radio- or hormone therapy. Accordingly, they are by no means « alternative therapies ». Complementary approaches in oncology that are recommended as additional to standard cancer destructive therapies claim to optimize this therapy. A great body of data emerging from scientifically sound clinical trials prove that defined complementary procedures are beneficial for the patients.


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