Oct. 6 – 12, 2014
The US Senate’s primary supporters of integrative health and medicine, Sens. Tom Harkin and Barbara Mikulski have moved for the second straight year — and the Senate has passed unanimously — a resolution declaring this week Naturopathic Medicine Week.
This year Republican Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Independent Angus King of Maine joined as primary sponsors. In its announcement of the event, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) noted that the resolution “once again declared (naturopathic medicine) to be ‘safe, affordable and effective.'”
Naturopathy’s role in US healthcare has risen in the last year with the recent addition of Colorado and Maryland as states bringing the discipline into licensed status. The role of naturopathic doctors (NDs) as primary care providers also continues to gain recognition. The AANP site notes:
The top health needs for which patients most often seek naturopathic care are general primary care, women’s health and aging, and digestive disorders.
For more about the celebration this week and current information about ND practices and collaborations with mainstream medicine, see this AANP web page.