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Membership helps support the Mission Statement of the World Naturopathic Federation

WNF Research Working Group

There is a tremendous amount of research supporting the practice of naturopathy / naturopathic medicine. This research spans traditional knowledge, original research, systematic reviews, case studies and other forms of research. Ensuring that research is an integral of naturopathic educational institutions is becoming quite standard.

One of the challenges is in knowing where to access research that supports the use of individual naturopathic modalities and knowing those organizations and institutions that conduct naturopathic research.

The WNF Research Committee will be engaging in a number of research projects aimed at addressing the question, “To what degree is the practice of naturopathy supported by research.”  Here is a list of the projects:

  • The 1st project is focused on analyzing the research done by naturopathic researchers
  • The 2nd project will analyze the peer-reviewed articles written by naturopaths/naturopathic doctors globally
  • The 3rd project will analyze the frequency that naturopathy is mentioned in research
  • The 4th project will look at the research supporting naturopathic modalities.

The naturopathic research committee will be providing a comprehensive listing of naturopathic research institutions and creating a hub for accessing naturopathic research on our website.  As part of this process we will also be highlighting significant findings in naturopathic research, especially as it relates to world health issues such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease and obesity.

Other initiatives of the naturopathic research committee include engaging in fundraising for key naturopathic research projects, such as a cost-effectiveness analysis of naturopathy / naturopathic medicine and in providing opportunities for key naturopathic researchers to complete their PhD.

The WNF research committee is also leading a global survey on Intra-professional Collaboration. This survey is being in done in conjunction with EuroCam and the International Association for Human Values. The purpose of the survey is to explore the attitudes that Traditional and Complementary Systems of Medicine have towards intra-professional collaboration.

If you have any questions about any of the initiatives of the WNF Research Committee please contact Iva Lloyd, ND at

The naturopathic research committee currently consists of seven members from three different world regions.

Members of the Naturopathic Research Committee consist of:

  • Chair: Dr. Iva Lloyd, ND (Canada)
  • Dr. Paul Saunders, PhD, ND (Canada)
  • Dr. Jon Wardle, PhD, ND (Australia)
  • Dr. David Lescheid, PhD, ND (Germany)
  • Dr. Kieran Cooley, PhD, ND (Canada)
  • Dr. Amie Steel, PhD, naturopath (Australia)
  • Dr. Ryan Bradley, ND (USA)

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