This guide lists core historical texts, books and journals useful to naturopathic physicians (N.D.s) and others interested in natural medicine. It does not include core clinical, biomedical or nutritional resources, although virtually all N.D.s rely on such works and the library offers a high-quality, curated collection of them. Several of the books listed were self published and/or are out of print, but most are widely available.The Bastyr University Library has at least one copy or a subscription for all items.
As a complete system of care, naturopathic medicine is best identified by the philosophical principles that guide practitioners, rather than by specific therapies they may use. The six core principles of naturopathic medicine are:
Wellness and health promotion is an emerging principle.*
Naturopathic medicine has a long and venerable history, stretching from the origins of "nature cure" in 19th century Europe to the science-based flowering of today. The tenets of healthy living--whole foods, sunlight, exercise, joie de vivre--haven't changed much over the years, and foundational historical works have also been included.
*Pizzorno JE, Snider P, and Katzinger J. Naturopathic Medicine. In Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier, 2011.
This introduction to some of the issues and on-going debates is intended to prompt further inquiry and critical evaluation of what you find – and don’t find – in the research. It is not a comprehensive overview of the field or the state of the research in the field. Librarians are available to help you explore the research, and help you answer questions about the context of that research.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website. Naturopathy. 2017. Accessed April 4, 2021. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/naturopathy
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Regulated States and Regulatory Authorities. Updated March 2021. Accessed April 6, 2021. https://naturopathic.org/page/RegulatedStates
Ooi SL, Rae J, Pak SC. Implementation of evidence-based practice: A naturopath perspective. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016;22:24-28. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.11.004
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