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Naturopathy: A Natural System of Healing

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe naturopathy, its history, the principles and schools of thought which comprise this healing system, the training and educational requirements of naturopathic practitioners, and the issues inherent in the future of naturopathy.
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Naturopathic medicine has a long, complex history. Considered a way of life and a system of healing encompassing many different modalities, naturopathy is experiencing a resurgence today as a result of the dissatisfaction many Americans feel about conventional medicine and the growing interest and respect for alternative and complementary methods of healing.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define naturopathic medicine.
  • Describe the founding influences of naturopathy.
  • Examine the schools of thought that form the philosophical basis of naturopathy.
  • Discuss the six principles of naturopathy.
  • Compare and contrast the educational requirements of the categories of naturopathic practitioners.
  • Identify conditions for which naturopathic medicine may be beneficial.
  • Describe training, licensing, and efficacy issues related to naturopathic medicine.
  • Examine issues related to the integration of naturopathy medicine into mainstream healthcare.

Today’s consumers spend more out-of-pocket money on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) than on conventional (allopathic) medical care. This is due to many factors, including frustration with conventional medicine and an ever-growing interest in, and respect for, integrative medicine. Individuals frustrated with conventional medicine recognize the effectiveness of an integrated approach to health and appreciate the blend of body and mind, science and experience, and traditional and cultural perspectives for diagnosis and treatment. They prefer the emphasis on the individual as a whole, rather than conventional medicine’s emphasis on diagnostic testing and treatment with medications. Integrative medicine combines both conventional medicine and CAM therapies into a philosophy and practice of healing that incorporates self-healing, a focus on wellness, a view of the body as an energetic system and living entity, the importance of nutrition, natural products, and plants in health, and the importance of individuality in providing care. One model of CAM and integrative primary care is undergoing a resurgence due to its unique blend of vitalistic, scientific, and clinical training in medicine. This model is naturopathic medicine, which makes naturopathy a powerful influence on the healthcare revolution (Pizzorno & Snider, 2015).

Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a way of life with philosophical roots dating back to Hippocrates and the folk medicines of all people on the earth (Pizzorno & Snider, 2015). This distinct system of medicine is based on the healing power of nature and the importance of health maintenance, disease prevention, patient education, and patient responsibility (Bastyr University, 2017; Ehrlich, 2011). Its philosophical beliefs are in sharp contrast to the currently dominant system of health care, which emphasizes the treatment of disease (Pizzorno & Snider, 2015).

The spirit of naturopathic medicine is reflected in the definition of health set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2006):

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (p. 1)

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians [AANP], 2017a). Unlike other health care systems, naturopathy is not a single modality of healing but rather “a comprehensive array of healing practices” (Trivieri & Anderson, 2002, p. 379).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

December 15, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
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Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

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Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.