Seattle, June 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Growing reliance on medications linked to depression coupled with increasing national suicide rates has Americans looking for new options to manage common health conditions, including high blood pressure and chronic pain. Naturopathic medicine expands treatment options for patients, and a growing number of medical doctors are collaborating with naturopathic doctors for this reason and others. This is according to the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM), which today released a new FAQ in partnership with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

One third of Americans use complementary and integrative healthcare approaches today. Licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs), who complete a four-year, science-based, post-graduate medical education, are at the forefront of complementary and integrative health disciplines. Naturopathic doctors enhance care and expand treatment options for patients because they:

  • Take a whole-body approach to health
  • Prioritize natural therapies
  • Apply rigorous training in clinical nutrition
  • Employ advanced training in behavioral medicine
  • Provide highly individualized care
  • Are fluent in integrative and complementary approaches

“Today, consumers are seeking wellness, prevention, and health creation beyond disease management. These areas are focal points of naturopathic medicine,” said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors. “Because of their deep experience in evidence-based alternatives that expand patient choice, naturopathic doctors are increasingly recognized as a vital part of the healthcare team.”

The complete FAQ “Why are a growing number of medical doctors collaborating with naturopathic doctors?” can be found here.

About the Institute for Natural Medicine

The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides public education about naturopathic medicine and increases consumer access to naturopathic doctors. As a close partner to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the INM strives to increase consumer and physician choice in safe, effective healthcare that improves patient outcomes and lowers costs. For more information visit www.naturemed.org or call 855-799-4490.

About the AANP

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the professional association that represents licensed naturopathic physicians. The AANP strives to make naturopathic medicine available to every American, and to increase recognition of naturopathic physicians as the identified authorities on natural medicine. Learn more at www.naturopathic.org.

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