Homeopathic and natural medicine are both based on traditional methods. However, both fields are growing by leaps and bounds, finding a place in modern medicine. Alternative medicine is a rapidly changing area of health care and sure to see major changes in the next year. Here are a few predictions we expect to see fulfilled in 2015.

Increased Evidence

While naturopathy and homeopathy both have been criticized for having little scientific evidence, this is becoming an increasingly incorrect observation as more studies are released almost every day supporting these tried and true forms of medicine. Every day, new studies are released finding that naturopathic treatments are safer and more effective. Homeopathic medicine has recently become a major focus of clinical trials all over the world. A recent study in Greece, for example, found that combining homeopathy with hypoglycemic drugs controls blood sugars in twice as many people than hypoglycemic drugs alone.

Increased Awareness of Ancient Models of Health

As acupuncture, herbal medicine, and homeopathy have become mainstream medical treatments, people are viewing less familiar old models of health care as less suspicious. For example, ayurveda and traditional Chinese models of health are gaining prominence. In addition, lesser known treatments such as ayahuasca are becoming popular. Many people are increasingly aware of the expense and lack of efficacy of modern Western medicine, and thus are interested in learning about the unknown.

Prominence in Infectious Disease Treatment

Homeopathic and naturopathic medicine are both based on the principle of maintaining whole body health. While dealing with infectious diseases is one branch of this philosophy, it has never been the main focus. However, the rise of dangerous global diseases will likely make alternative remedies for infectious disease more relevant. Many people are interested in homeopathic and naturopathic treatments for Ebola and other terrifying illnesses as modern medicine offers little more than palliative care.

Renewed Focus on Mind-Body Connections

The mind-body connection was well-known in homeopathic and naturopathic medicine far before it was even acknowledged by the greater medical community. Alternative medicine practitioners are thus in a unique position to take leadership in advocating for continued focus in this area. Recent studies have found, for example, that meditation activates non-functioning neurons in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. There are a variety of studies supporting the mind-body connection that has always been accepted by homeopathic and naturopathic physicians. The community should continue to advocate for holistic care.

Nutrition as Medicine

The standard Western diet is growing more depleted of necessary nutrients, causing a great deal of illness and malaise. Homeopathic and naturopathic practitioners in 2015 will respond to this growing issue by providing therapies that both replace these missing nutrients or enhance their uptake and bioavailability. Modern people need nourishment in addition to medical treatments.
Naturopathic and homeopathic medicine are based on ancient beliefs yet open to new health care methods. With more and more modern people embracing alternative medicine, the forecast for these arts is sunny and clear for 2015 and beyond. 2015 will be the year of alternative medicine!

Todd Nelson, D.Sc. trained at the International Center for Natural Health and Medicine, graduating with both a Naturopathic Doctor degree and a Doctor of Holistic Health Sciences degree. Aside from heading the Tree of Life Wellness Center in Lakewood, Colorado as a homeopathic doctor, Todd is also a co-author of 3 books.