Naturopathic medicine has been practiced for centuries, but many people still question the validity of this field of medicine due to inaccurate stereotypes. Naturopathic Medicine Week, May 16-22, is all about educating the others on the principles of naturopathic medicine and the role it plays in preventing disease, finding the root cause of illness, and lowering health care costs. Here are a few common myths about naturopathic medicine.
Naturopathic medicine isn’t backed by science
Naturopathic medicine has evolved since it began thousands of years ago and now incorporates modern science and research with natural remedies. Evidence-based research is critical to effective treatment and many naturopathic doctors and researchers are dedicated to research that would improve existing therapeutics through scientific exploration.
Naturopathic and conventional medicine don’t work together
Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that naturopathic doctors oppose all conventional medicine and pharmaceuticals. While naturopathic and conventional medicine work differently, they don’t oppose each other. In fact, the two often work together to create an integrative health care plan to maximize the health of a patient.