The Institute of Natural Medicine was established in 1992 as a philanthropic foundation serving the profession of natural medicine. When the INM was founded, naturopathic physicians were licensed in only seven states. As of late 2017, twenty states and territories license naturopathic doctors.
Today, our efforts are focused on public education and connecting patients to legitimate licensed NDs in their region. Since its founding, the INM has served the natural medicine world in many ways. We have:
• Launched the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges
• Supported ongoing public education efforts
• Played a key role in obtaining licensure for naturopathic physicians in California
• Funded graduating natural medicine students in studies that advance the profession (through the Dr. John Bastyr Sunshine Fund Clinical Investigator Research Fellowships)
Our long-term vision includes supporting extended clinical studies that compare natural medical care to mainstream medical treatments in specific populations with specific health conditions. We plan to widely broadcast the results of such studies to advance public education about the efficacy of natural medicine.
Recently, the INM and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) have joined forces to strengthen our efforts. Together, we hope to support a wider variety of activities related to public education, access to natural medical care, and research.