Side Effects and Risks of Naturopathy

Naturopathy appears to be a generally safe health care approach, especially if used as complementary (rather than alternative) medicine, but several qualifying points are important:

Naturopathy as a whole medical system is challenging to study. Rigorous research on this whole medical system is taking place but is at an early stage. Resources for seeking findings from studies (including studies on many individual therapies used in natural health) are at the end of this Backgrounder.

Some Other Points To Consider

Some Points of Controversy

As in other fields of CAM, there are some controversies in natural health therapy, for example:

NCCAM-Funded Research in Naturopathy

Some recent NCCAM-supported projects have been studying: