Americans Celebrate the Healing Power of Nature in October

Contact: Mike Jawer
Phone: 202-237-8150

Events Nationwide Are Being Held to Raise Awareness of Naturopathic Medicine

Washington, DC – October 7, 2013 – Today marks the beginning of Naturopathic Medicine Week, the occasion for helping Americans learn about the health benefits of naturopathic medicine.  Naturopathic Medicine Week (October 7 – 13) was established following passage of a resolution by the U.S. Senate that recognized the ability of naturopathic physicians to provide “safe, effective, and affordable health care.”
Naturopathic medicine is a form of medicine that:
  • Considers the whole person
  • Focuses on the causes of illness, not just the symptoms
  • Emphasizes prevention and ongoing wellness
  • Uses natural treatments that are less invasive and less expensive than conventional drugs and surgery.
“Given the rising costs of health care, the anticipated shortage of primary care physicians, and the ever-expanding interest in holistic health and wellness, the public deserves to know more about naturopathic medicine,” said Michael Cronin, president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).  “Our members will be holding a range of free events and activities expressly for people who may be curious about natural medicine and how it works compared to conventional medicine.”
Approximately 4,375 doctors in the US are licensed to practice naturopathic medicine, having graduated from accredited 4-year naturopathic medical schools.  Naturopathic doctors are rigorously trained in approaches that facilitate the body’s inherent self-healing ability.  They treat a full range of illnesses and work closely with their patients, guiding and empowering them education and self-care. 
“Naturopathic Medicine Week is taking place all across the country the second week of October,” said Jud Richland, CEO of the AANP.  “From weight management and diabetes to allergies, digestion and bone health, patients of naturopathic physicians are able to realize improved health and optimal wellness through the principles and practices of naturopathic medicine.”
A press kit on naturopathic medicine and a link to S. Res. 221 is available at www.naturopathic.orgg/naturopathicmedicineweek.

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The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the professional association that represents licensed naturopathic physicians.  AANP strives to make naturopathic medicine available to every American, and to increase recognition of naturopathic physicians as the identified authorities on natural medicine. Learn more at