Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care -an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles which underlie and determine its practice. These principles are based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances. Methods used are consistent with these principles and are chosen upon the basis of patient individuality. Naturopathic physicians are primary health care practitioners, whose diverse techniques include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. The following principles are the foundation for the practice of naturopathic medicine
AANP Position Paper on the Definition of Naturopathic Medicine.
Defining the Global Naturopathic Profession: According to the 2015 World Naturopathic Federation Report, a summary of the 1st global naturopathic survey and the 2016 Naturopathic Roots report, the following describes the naturopathic profession globally. A detailed review of these concepts can be found in the White Papers on Naturopathic Philosophy, Principles and Theories on the WNF website.
Defining the Global Naturopathic Profession
AANP Position Paper on the Definition of Naturopathic Medicine
Special Committee on the Definition of Naturopathic Medicine
Co-Chairs: Pamela Snider ND and Jared Zeff, ND, LAc
Members: Buce Milliman ND, Kevin Wilson ND, William Wulsun ND,
Charley Cropley ND, Peter Glidden-Green ND
Adopted unanimously by AANP House of Delegates,
Rippling River Oregon Convention August 1989
Reaffirmed by AANP House of Delegates, August 2000, August 2011