Benefits of Natural Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is Effective and Safe

In an experiment published in the journal, Homeopathy, in 2005, Dr. Melanie Trichard treated 499 children suffering from recurrent throat infections with either antibiotics or homeopathy. The experiment showed that in response to homeopathy:

  • Children experienced 30% fewer episodes of infection
  • Children experienced 35% fewer complications from their treatment
  • Cost of care was 10% cheaper
  • Only 10% of parents had to miss work to care for their children, as opposed to 32% of parents whose children were taking antibiotics

In a survey given to 135 patients from 5 different ND clinics:

  • 49% reported lowered or discontinued use of conventional medical treatment
  • 96% rated self-care education as excellent or good
  • 92% rated effect on lifestyle as excellent or good
  • 68% rated treatment as successful
  • 53% stated that problems other than their chief complaint had improved as a “side-effect” of the therapy

In a survey given by Medalia Healthcare to primary care physicians in a 45-clinic network in 1997:

  • 30% said appropriate use of CAM could provide more cost-effective care
  • 69% said appropriate use of CAM could lead to savings under capitated contracts

Naturopathic Medicine is Cost Effective

In a program conducted by Green Mountain Wellness Solutions for the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association in 2005-2006, 848 employees were examined and advised by naturopathic physicians for one year. For those employees who participated:

  • incidence of high blood pressure dropped 36%
  • incidence of diabetes dropped 13%
  • risk for cardiovascular disease dropped 35%
  • obesity fell by 15%
  • physical inactivity fell 21%
  • high cholesterol fell 17%
  • smoking fell by 17%
  • high risk stress fell 24%

For those employees who also participated in a supplementary pedometer program:

  • high blood pressure dropped by 47%
  • diabetes fell by 20%
  • risks for cardiovascular disease fell 43%

These figures do not only describe an improvement in the health of the employees. Since many of these conditions can be quite costly to treat through conventional care, the data also show a great reduction in the cost of healthcare for the employer. By using complimentary and alternative medical care the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association saved:

  • $315,000 in direct health care costs
  • $1,145,000 in indirect health care costs (absenteeism, low-productivity, etc.)
  • Almost $1,500,000 in total health care costs

The use of regulated naturopathic medical care is physically and economically beneficial to employers and employees alike. The care that naturopathic physicians provide is often less dangerous and uncomfortable then some more conventional medical treatments. Naturopathic care can also be less expensive than conventional medicine, making health care more available to those who otherwise could not afford it. Licensure minimizes the potential for malpractice of naturopathic medicine and maximizes the medical options available to residents of licensed states.

In addition, A landmark study released in September 2004 at a congressional hearing found potential cost savings resulting from daily use of calcium and folic acid could save $15 billion in health care costs. (Dietary Supplement Education Alliance, Health Impact Study). An even more recent study released June 2007 reports that supplementation with “calcium, Vitamin D, folic acid, omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), and lutein with zeaxaanthin by select populations could save more than $24 billion in health care costs.”