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Welcome to AMSA's Naturopathic Medicine Interest Group!

The Naturopathic Medicine Interest Group was established in 2005 to educate AMSA members about the profession and practice of Naturopathic Medicine through an active listserve, an informative monthly newsletter and dynamic programming at the National and Regional conventions. The Group is also dedicated to cultivating a relationship with the members of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association and to helping naturopathic medical students get involved with AMSA


Sign Up for the Naturopathic Medicine Listserve
Join a group of allopathic, osteopathic and naturopathic medical and premedical students interested in building bridges between all of our professions in order to better serve our patients. We encourage you to use this electronic mailing list for group discussions and announcements. Listserve Guidelines

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct branch of medical science and art that recognizes the integrity of the whole person and emphasizes the body's ability to heal itself. The practice of Naturopathic Medicine emerges from six underlying principles of healing. These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are continually reexamined in light of scientific analysis. It is these principles that distinguish the profession from other medical approaches:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
  • Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
  • First, Do No Harm (Primum No Nocere)
  • Treat the Whole Person
  • The Physician As Teacher (Docere)
  • Prevention is the Best Cure

Naturopathic Physicians (NDs) are primary care providers trained in conventional medical sciences, diagnosis and treatment, as well as nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and minor surgery. Some NDs chose to receive further training in natural obstetrics and Chinese Medicine. All licensed NDs must complete four years of graduate medical education at a school accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and pass a two-step board examination (similar to USMLE Steps 1 and 2). Currently, 14 states, the District of Columbia and the US territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors.


Connect With Fellow Students to Learn More

We encourage allopathic, osteopathic and naturopathic medical students (especially those in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Oregon and Washington) to take advantage of this Interest Group and to start building bridges with your medical colleagues. If you would like to connect with a AMSA or NMSA chapter in your area, contact us.

Spend Time With A Naturopathic Doctor to Learn More

If you are a MD/DO student who is interested in Naturopathic Medicine and would like to spend time with a ND, please contact us.






  • Blood Chemistry Analysis: Run by Dr. Dicken Weatherby, this site offers a wealth of information about using functional diagnosis and blood chemistry analysis. You will never look at CBC the same way again!
  • The Bravewell Collaborative: The Bravewell Collaborative was founded in 2002 by a small group of leading philanthropists dedicated to transforming healthcare by returning the soul to medicine.
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Integrative Cancer Care (including naturopathic medicine) and Research in four states.
  • Herbal Educational Services: Information on upcoming herbal conferences, plus a great place to purchase recordings and proceedings books from older conferences.
  • Homeopathic Symposium: Created by Dr. Malcolm Smith, this ground breaking website features interactive video cases that present remarkable cures by homeopathy plus online seminars by world renowned homeopaths like Rajan Sankaran.
  • iCaduceus: iCaduceus is a web-based diagnostic and treatment support system for integrative and holistic physicians. It uses standard (Western) medical definitions of conditions, but provides only non-pharmacological treatments. Student subscriptions are available.
  • Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium: A broad, active coalition advocating public policy to ensure all Americans access to safe, high quality, integrated health care.
  • The Institute for Functional Medicine: A nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to improve patient outcomes through prevention, early assessment and comprehensive management of complex, chronic disease.
  • Mercola Optimal Wellness Center: Almost everything you want to know about CAM/ Integrative Medicine, all in one place. Also offers an excellent weekly email update.
  • Michael Moore's Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: One of the largest collections of medicinal plant images, plus PDFs of dozens of classical botanical texts- all for free!
  • One Lucky Duck: Everything you need to go raw!
  • SaluGenecists, Inc.: Created by a group of NDs and MDs, this company is utilizing artificial intelligence to bring integrative medicine to the masses. This is interesting info from both a personal and professional perspective.
  • Weston A. Price Foundation: Dr. Price was a dentist who studied the effects of nutrient-dense whole foods and animal fats on health. There's a wealth of information on traditional diets, including info on cultured foods, raw milk and the dangers of soy plus many great pages on basic nutrition and the pros and cons of various diets (including vegetarian, macrobiotic and traditional).
  • Whole Health Now: Information on Radar Software, a calendar of homeopathy seminars around the world and MP3s of over fifty teleconferences with many of the best homeopaths alive.
  • Wild Fermentation: Lots of readily accessible information about cultured and fermented foods including Miso, Kefir, Kombucha and Yogurt.



Red Hoffman, ND

Juliet Pena
Premed Representative



General Naturopathic Medicine

  • Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Drs. Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno
  • Textbook of Natural Medicine by Drs. Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno
  • Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Dr. Tori Hudson

Naturopathic Philosophy

  • My Water Cure by Sebastian Kneipp
  • Nature Cure by Dr. Henry Lindlahr
  • The Nature Doctors by Friedhelm Kirchfeld and Wade Boyle
  • Naturopathc Hydrotherapy by Wade Boyle and Andre Saine
  • Philosophy of Natural Therapeutics by Dr. Henry Lindlahr

Botanical Medicine

  • Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth by Dr. Sharol Tilgner
  • Plant Medicine in Practice by Dr. William Mitchell
  • The Herb Book by John Lust


  • Know Your Fats by Dr. Mary Enig
  • The Mood Cure by Julia Ross
  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • Nutrition From Marz by Dr. Russell Marz
  • Staying Healthy With Nutrition by Dr. Elson Haas


  • Desktop Guide To Keynotes by Dr. Roger Morrison
  • Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy by Kent
  • The Organon by Samuel Hahnemann
  • The Science of Homeopathy by George Vithoulkas
  • The Soul of Remedies by Rajan Sankaran

Chinese Medicine

  • Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold
  • Nourishing Destiny by Lonny Jarrett
  • The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk

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