Naturopathy and Primary Care Practice


Fleming SA, Gutknecht NC. Naturopathy and the primary care practice. Prim Care. 2010 Mar;37(1):119-36. Review. PubMed PMID: 20189002; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2883816. [Free full text via PubMed Central.]

Sara Fleming and Nancy Gutknecht, postdoctoral research fellows at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have written a comprehensive review of naturopathic medicine and its current practice in North America, including education, licensing, and therapeutic modalities.

From the Synopsis:

“Naturopathy is a distinct type of primary care medicine that blends age-old healing traditions with scientific advances and current research. It 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.”

The article includes a historical timeline and a list of introductory readings.

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