The Naturopath and Herald of Health Magazine - Benedict Lust N.D. Editor 1913
Naturopathy (also known as naturopathic medicine or natural medicine) is an eclectic alternative medical system that focuses on natural remedies and the body's vital ability to heal and maintain itself. Naturopathic philosophy favors a holistic approach and minimal use of surgery and drugs. Naturopathy comprises many different treatment modalities of varying degrees of acceptance by the medical community; diet and lifestyle advice may be substantially similar to that offered by non-naturopaths, and acupuncture may help reduce pain in some cases. Naturopathy has its origins in the Nature Cure movement of Europe. The term was coined in 1895 by John Scheel and popularized by Benedict Lust the "father of U.S. naturopathy". US jurisdictions that currently regulate or license naturopathy include: Alaska, Arizona,California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas,Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Vermont, New Hampshire, Oregon, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Utah, and Washington. Additionally, Florida and Virginia license the practice of naturopathy under a grandfather clause. Naturopathy is taught in many universities today and there are many students enrolled in the programs.