Naturopathic medicine is one of the oldest continuously licensed health care professions in the country. Its roots lie in German traditions of "Water Cure" or hydrotherapy from the mid-19th century. Naturopathic medicine expanded upon the water cure and herbal therapies and was developed into a comprehensive philosophy and system of health which came to the United States around the turn of the 20th century.
California became the 13th state to recognize naturopathic medicine and provide licensure to naturopathic doctors. The Act, which created the Bureau, was effective January 1, 2004. The first ND license was issued on January 14, 2005. The Naturopathic Medicine Committee was formed effective October 23, 2009 under the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. There are currently 450 naturopathic doctors licensed by California (this number is updated monthly).*
The Committee is completely funded by application and licensing fees and its staff is responsible for answering public inquiries, analyzing licensure documents, issuing licenses, responding to correspondence, coordinating legislative, regulatory, and budgetary activities, preparing reports, and administering disciplinary and enforcement activities.
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