Naturopathic medicine is a distinct practice of medicine that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process to treat each person holistically and improve outcomes while lowering health care costs. Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. They diagnose, prevent and treat acute and chronic illness, restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person's inherent self-healing process. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them. Their Therapeutic Order™, identifies the natural order in which all therapies should be applied to provide the greatest benefit with the least potential for damage.

The United Natural Products Alliance has an MOU Partnership in place with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to promote natural product patient health by advancing the highest quality natural health products to people with the greatest health needs. Additionally, UNPA's President Loren Israelsen is a member of the Bastyr University Council advisory board, and Frank Lampe, VP of communications & industry relations, sits on the Leadership Council for the Institute for Natural Medicine, a professional organization focused on public education and connecting patients to legitimate licensed NDs in their region. See the press release announcing these appointments here.

For more information about naturopathic medicine, including a list of frequently asked questions about naturopathic medicine, and how to find a licensed naturopathic doctor, visit the website of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)