Educate. Empower. Transform.
The Institute for Natural Medicine was established in 1992 as a philanthropic foundation serving the profession of natural medicine. When the INM was founded, naturopathic physicians were licensed in only seven states. Now, over twenty states and territories license naturopathic doctors.
Today, our efforts are focused on public education and connecting patients to licensed NDs in their region. Since its founding, the INM has served the natural medicine world in many ways. We have:
Launched the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges
Supported ongoing public education efforts
Played a key role in obtaining licensure for naturopathic physicians in California
Funded graduating natural medicine students in studies that advance the profession (through the Dr. John Bastyr Sunshine Fund Clinical Investigator Research Fellowships)
Our long-term vision includes supporting extended clinical studies that compare natural medical care to mainstream medical treatments in specific populations with specific health conditions. We plan to widely broadcast the results of such studies to advance public education about the efficacy of natural medicine.
Recently, the INM and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) have joined forces to strengthen our efforts. Together, we hope to support a wider variety of activities related to public education, access to natural medical care, and research.
INM envisions optimal health and wellbeing through the transformation of the healthcare system by education about and promotion of the principles and practices of natural medicine.
We strive to achieve this mission through initiatives related to:
Education – Reveal the unique benefits of natural medicine
Access – Connect potential patients to Licensed ND’s
Research – Expand the research database on comparative clinical studies