What are the possible benefits of naturopathic medicine?

Dr. Christopher Maloney, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Anyone who wants to know the scientific evidence supporting Naturopathic Medicine can skim the sixty-six pages of medline references under the term "Naturopathic." To directly answer the question, Naturopathic Medicine benefits a wide range of areas.

First, Naturopathic Medicine focuses around diet and lifestyle change. While most studies regarding diet may not have the word Naturopathic in the title, a nice pilot study on the positive effects of Naturopathic diet change on Diabetes can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21742282.

Second, many of the lifestyle changes recommended by Naturopathic Doctors involve increased exercise. Again, the vast majority of these studies are not labeled with the term Naturopathic, but here is one on the use of Naturopathy and yoga benefiting patients with hypertension. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21168107

Naturopathic medicine is remarkably effective at reducing the burden of chronic disease precisely because of its focus on lifestyle interventions over pharmaceutical prescriptions. As a direct result of its success, conventional medical practitioners are widely adopting the techniques, treatments and philosophies of Naturopathic Doctors. It is this transition to a better patient treatment model that is perhaps Naturopathy's greatest benefit to patients. Here is a study on the adoption of alternative medicine by Australian M.D.s. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20603310

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