This report documents the process and findings of the Naturopathic Medical Research Agenda, a project funded by NIH-NCCAM through a grant that ran from August 1, 2002 through August 31, 2004. The goals of this project were:
Participants in the project included over 1200 individuals, representing a broad range of scientific and clinical backgrounds. Input from the naturopathic profession itself was substantial, involving participants from the naturopathic medical colleges and the national professional association, and encompassing many of the profession’s leading faculty, researchers, clinicians, and writers. Conventional physicians and scientists also participated broadly and made significant contributions through the NMRA Workgroup.
A series of meetings was held during the project period to elicit, discuss, analyze and prioritize feedback on the direction of the Agenda, and on the criteria by which decisions would ultimately be made. Articulation of the following guiding principles emerged:
The Agenda should be designed to test three fundamental hypotheses:
The scientific exploration of naturopathic medical practices and principles will yield important, perhaps even revolutionary, insights into the nature of health and the biology of
The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project has begun engaging naturopathic scholars and scientists from all naturopathic medical colleges and conventional academic research communities in rigorously defining and updating the terms associated with these naturopathic concepts.
Scientists do not assume that the biology of healing is identical to or subsumed with the biology of disease. Scientific investigation of naturopathic principle-driven hypotheses will require diverse basic and clinical methods.
Four tracks have been identified to foster diverse research leadership and broad participation in research initiatives among the participating naturopathic medical colleges:
These Tracks will allow each institution to appropriately focus its infrastructure development, as well as assist faculty, clinicians, and researchers to develop skills in specific areas of interest.
Other implementation steps include:
Publications and Dissemination Track
The goals of this inter-institutional track are:
Establish a Web-based resource of all research publications on naturopathic medicine.
Modern Era – Codification Pathway
1905-1920: Lindlahr’s – The Philosophy of the Unity of Disease and Cure through Nature Cure
1986-1989: Definition of Naturopathic Medicine – Principles of Practice
1997: Process of Healing, Model of Healing, Determinants of Health & Hierarchy of Therapeutics
1998: Therapeutic Order; Determinants of Health, NM Model of Healing
1998- 2003: Integration Project
2001: Principles rea-ratified
2002 – 2004: The Future and Foundations of Naturopathic Medical Research – The Naturopathic Medical Research Agenda:
2006: JACM April 2006 – The NMRA Executive Summary
2007 -Present: Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project
2010: Principles re-ratified
2015: Naturopathic Medicine Institute
2012 – 2022: Revival – Restore the Vis, Revitalization, The Vis Retreat
2022: FNM Institute