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The efficacy of Naturopathy has survived the test of time

Research

Research is an essential aspect of any system of medicine. Research on naturopathy / naturopathic medicine is supported by a number of naturopathic research institutes and peer-reviewed journals.

There will be a number of key naturopathic-based research articles published over the next few months.  The WNF will be supporting these releases through social media and we wanted to take the opportunity to give members a heads up so that they are on the lookout for the publications and so they can plan to either re-post the WNF announcements or do their own.  Here is a listing of the publications that have recently happened and those that will be happening over the next few months:

  • The Central Role of Research in the Growth of the Global Naturopathic Profession was published last year and has received a lot of interest from the research community.  The purpose of this publication was to more directly link naturopathic practice with research.  Here is the link: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/acm.2018.29055.ljw
  • The International Survey of Naturopathic Practice has resulted in two publications so far and provides a grass-roots snapshot of the types of people who consult with a naturopathic practitioner, the conditions they seek help with, and the naturopathic approach to caring for patients.
  • The Scholarship of the Naturopathic Profession: a bibliometric analysis of naturopath-authored, peer-reviewed publications has been sent to the publisher and should be released within the next month.  This is a significant piece of research for the naturopathic community as it highlights the research supporting naturopathic practice and it clearly defines the naturopathic profession as being research focused.
  • An International Study of Health Promotion and Community Education Activities of Naturopathic Clinicians has been completed and is the process of being written up for publication.  This survey includes the input from about 1,000 naturopathic practitioners around the world and highlights the significant role of the naturopathic profession in community education.
  • Characteristics of global naturopathic education, regulation, and practice frameworks:  results from an international survey  has been submitted for publication and will likely be released by the fall.  This survey is an in-depth analysis of the correlation between naturopathic education and regulation.
  • The WNF has completed an animated video to support the message about building a shield of wellness to protect you from life’s challenges.  The video is translated via subtitles into four languages.  Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJqBBpT9r4JjL1f8D73c-Q   We encourage you to share this on your social media and to share with your members.
  • WNF Rapid Reviews. Based on the support of over 40 naturopathic researchers, practitioners and content experts, the profession has produced twelve rapid reviews related to the role of natural health products in treating acute respiratory tract infections.  These rapid reviews will be published in the next month or so.  The rapid reviews will also be published as a special issue of the scientific journal Advances in Integrative Medicine (Elsevier publication) and will be made open-access – meaning they will be free for download.
    • The rapid reviews that have been included are: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Multivitamins, Zinc, Quercetin, N-Acetyl-Cysteine, Essential Oils, Sambucus nigra (Elderberry), Echinacea spp. (Echinacea), Hedera helix (Ivy Leaf), Sea Buckthorn, and Honey and Bee products
    • The publication of these rapid reviews will allow the naturopathic community the opportunity to engage in the COVID-19 discussion from a position of strength based on research.
  • Survey on Naturopathic Community Clinics has identified that there are over 100 naturopathic-based community clinics in operation around the world.  The results of this survey highlights the important role of the naturopathic profession in providing naturopathic care to the underprivileged and to specialized groups.  We are planning on having the results published this fall.
  • Environmental Risk Factors Initiative.  Starting in September, the WNF will be launching a two-year social media initiative focused on education around environmental health.  The initiative will include:
    • A research-based website to educate practitioners and the public on the role of environment with respect to health and disease
    • An animated video to educate the public about the role of the environment in health.
    • This initiative will be similar to the Anti-microbial initiative (AMR) that we undertook in 2018 and 2019 which reached over 40,000 people through social media.  Here is a link to the AMR website: https://www.wnf-amr.org/

As you can see this is a very exciting time for the global naturopathic profession.  At no other time has there been so much research-based reinforcement of the value and role of naturopathic practice in healthcare.  We do hope that you will join the WNF over the next few months in promoting these key naturopathic research articles.  If you are aware of other key naturopathic-based research articles that we could promote, please let us know.

Health Technology Assessment – Naturopathy

In 2020 – 2021, the WNF will prepare a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) for the Naturopathic profession. This document will be a 350-page research-based book and is what the WHO and other government organizations use to compare one profession to another. It will outline the education, regulation, philosophy, effectiveness, safety and role of the naturopathic profession in the global health-care system.