Although many holistic practices date back to early Eastern medicine, a surge in popularity was seen in America during the mid-eighteen hundreds. Americans were beginning to be dissatisfied with physicians and allopathic drugs during this time because the human body was viewed as mechanical duplicates of one another (Whorton). Patients wanted a more tailored, focused approach on the specific needs of their bodies. This shift in mindset sparked a revolution of holistic medicine that has continued to expand to the present day. Today, naturopathic medicine includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine, public health measures, hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection therapy, and naturopathic obstetrics (“Definition of Naturopathic Medicine”). With an increasingly health and fitness conscious society, people are hungry for options to enhance their quality of …show more content…
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