What is Naturopathic Medicine? Definition and Scope of Practice of a Naturopath (Naturopathic Physician, Naturopathic Doctor)
Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) Index CODE: 079.101-014 TITLE(s): DOCTOR, NATUROPATHIC (medical ser.)
Diagnoses, treats, and cares for patients, using system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing human body: Utilizes physiological, psychological, and mechanical methods, such as air, water, light, heat, earth, phytotherapy, food and herb therapy, psychotherapy, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, minor and orificial surgery, mechanotherapy, naturopathic corrections and manipulation, and natural methods or modalities, together with natural medicines, natural processed foods, and herbs and nature’s remedies. Excludes major surgery, therapeutic use of x ray and radium, and use of drugs, except those assimilable substances containing elements or compounds which are components of body tissues and are physiologically compatible to body processes for maintenance of life. GOE: 02.03.04 STRENGTH: L GED: R5 M4 L5 SVP: 7 DLU: 77
Naturopathy as a branch of medicine has been formalized by a 1929 act of congress (Chap. 352 @ 1326, 5.3936, Public No. 831 [also found as 45 St. 1339] dated February 27, 1929 and its clarifying amendments H.R. 12169 of May 5, 1930 & January 28, 1931 and corresponding House Report #2432 of January 30, 1930) which establishes through “congressional intent” that Naturopathy as a branch of the healing arts is placed on the same basis as allopathic medicine, osteopathy and chiropractic and the term “Naturopathy” is self-definitive to the same extent as are the terms medicine, osteopathy, and chiropractic. “Naturopathy” has been established in said Congressional Legislation, from codified lex scripta (written law) — The Herbalist Charter 34 & 35 Henry VIII, C.8 (1542).