Naturopathic Medicine Week
May 14-20, 2023
Join us as we will celebrate our Montana community, clinics, physicians and the naturopathic principles.
Three decades of naturopathic medicine has had a tremendous impact in Montana. Physicians across the state have brought the wisdom of nature together with the rigors of modern medicine- one patient at a time.
Advocacy, Energy, and Natural Force
Naturopathic physicians are playing a central role in a healthier Montana and increasing access to personalized, cost-effective health care.
The Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MANP) is the non-profit professional association representing licensed naturopathic physicians in Montana and their patients.
The MANP is dedicated to expanding access to naturopathic medicine and ensuring the professional success of all licensed naturopathic physicians in Montana.
MANP advocates and legislative leaders strive to remember we are teachers, and key to our advancement is to educate our leaders, friends and foes. We seek to identify and address the causes of unproductive politics surrounding the practice of naturopathic medicine in Montana. And to keep the whole system in view, and strive to treat everyone with respect even when disagreements arise.
Montana Naturopathic Milestones
Naturopathic physicians succeeded, after a decades-long campaign, to establish licensure in Montana.
"The legislature finds that a significant number of Montanans choose naturopathic medicine for their health care needs and declares that naturopathic medicine is a distinct health care profession that affects the public health, safety, and welfare and contributes to public freedom of choice in health care."
Insurance parity was established via the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Providers Act.
"...the insured has full freedom of choice in the selection of any licensed physician, physician assistant-certified, dentist, osteopath, chiropractor, optometrist, podiatrist, psychologist, licensed social worker, licensed professional counselor, acupuncturist, naturopathic physician, or nurse specialist."
After three decades, major legislation to modernize the Naturopathic Formulary is passed by the Montana Legislature.
"Naturopathic medicine", "naturopathic health care", or "naturopathy" means a system of primary health care practiced by naturopathic physicians for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human health conditions, injury, and disease. Its purpose is to promote or restore health by the support and stimulation of the individual's inherent self-healing processes. This is accomplished through education of the patient by a naturopathic physician and through the use of natural therapies and therapeutic substances."