The History Of Natural Medicine! Quiz



By: Sarah Crozer

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Think you're a holistic health nut? Test how much you know about ancient and modern natural medicine practices, with this quiz!

What is the main purpose of Holistic Medicine?

That is, instead of treating an illness, as in orthodox allopathy, holistic medicine looks at an individual's overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well being before recommending treatment!


Where is one source the concept of holistic medicine comes from originally?

In the 4th century b.c., Socrates warned that treating one part of the body only would not have good results!


When was the term “holistic” first used?

However, the term "holistic" only became part of everyday language in the 1970s, when Westerners began seeking an alternative to allopathic medicine.


Who can benefit from holistic healing?

Many people are now turning to holistic medicine, often when suffering from chronic ailments that have not been successfully treated by allopathic means!


Someone suffering from _______ is the best type of candidate for holistic medicine?

Holistic medicine is particularly helpful in treating chronic illnesses and maintaining health through proper nutrition and stress management!


What is a key aspect in natural medicine?

Refined foods typically eaten in modern America contain chemical additives and preservatives, are high in fat, cholesterol, and sugars, and promote disease!


With holistic healing it is important for the ________ to be responsible for continuing adjustments.

Ultimately, of course, only the patient can be responsible for making lifestyle changes, for no practitioner can make the necessary adjustments to diet and lifestyle to achieve health!


What is an illness that is not generally suitable for holistic healing practices?

In the case of someone who has a serious illness, such as arthritis, colitis, diabetes, or cancer, (the list is much longer than this), it is strongly advised that they seek the help of a qualified practitioner.


When did holistic medicine start to gain acceptance by insurance?

Around the year 2000 alongside the gain in interest of natural medicine, many insurance companies started to provide some form of alternative, or complementary treatment!


What is the amount of schooling someone goes through to become a naturopathic doctor?

4 years of medical school after a regular university 4 year program. The same as a regular doctor!


What kind of school does one apply to for education in holistic health?

Bastyr University in Seattle, WA is an example of a school for natural medicine, offering many programs.


Used since thousands of years ago, what is a common aspect of this medicinal practice?

Herbs have been used widely since the age of time. Some places best known for this are China and India.


What was the name of the doctor who is primarily responsible for naturopathic medicine spreading to the US?

As a distinct American health care profession, naturopathic medicine is 100 years old, tracing its origins to Dr. Benedict Lust. Dr. Lust came to the United States from Germany to practice and teach the hydrotherapy techniques popularized by Sebastian Kneipp in Europe!


What is the best way to describe the knowledge of medicine?

Thanks to science, knowledge of pharmaceuticals for example, are changing every day!%0D"People have been living on earth for about 250,000 years. For the past 5,000 healers have been trying to heal the sick. For all but the past 200, they haven’t been very good at it."%0D– Dr. Paul Offit


A holistic doctor may use ______ forms of health care.

Holistic doctors can prescribe medications! For example, when a person suffering from migraine headaches pays a visit to a holistic doctor, instead of walking out solely with medications, the doctor will likely take a look at all the potential factors as well!


This Chinese based practice is popular in treating physical pain?

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the practices used in traditional Chinese medicine!


Holistic health practitioners believe your health is ________?

Mind-body techniques strengthen the communication between your mind and your body. Practitioners say these two systems must be in harmony for you to stay healthy.


What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being. An example would be using Lavender for relaxation.


In 2012, about what percentage of Americans had used holistic therapy?

About 4 in 10 adults in the US had used some form of holistic therapy in the past year!


What is the most common natural supplement consumed by adults in the US?

Omegas! Approximately 37% of adults have used fish oil supplements!


Where does the word “drug” come from?

The word is derived from the Dutch word “droog” which means 'dried plant'!


What is Shiatsu?

Japanese ancient massage! Shiatsu massage focuses on certain pressure points along the body. This is similar to the concept of acupuncture.


What does nutritional therapy incorporate?

In modern day there is a whirl wind of crazy fad diets that can be particularly unhealthy. Since everyone has different needs for optimal health, it is best to consult a nutritionist or dietician!


What does the term “probiotic” mean?

A microorganism introduced into the body for its beneficial qualities!


What license is required for a Naturopathic provider to practice?

After his or her education, a naturopath takes a national qualifying examination known as the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX)!


When was the first naturopathic institute established?

Dr. Benedict Lust established the first naturopathic educational institution, the American School of Naturopathy in New York City in 1900!


Accoriding to The WHO, what percentage of the world's population rely on alternative medcine?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 65 – 80% of the world’s population rely on alternative medicine as their primary form of health care! With many treatments stemming from the use of medicinal plants, it is important to make sure resources are being observed and replenished!


For Naturopathic Doctors to legally practice, they must what?

Currently, 17 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States have licensing or regulation laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive examination!


What is a key benefit of natural medicine comparatively to western medicine?

Western medicine (particularly pharmaceuticals) can have many side affects including death.


What is organic?

Organic means it is in its natural state and free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes!


What is a GMO?

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal!


What does an antibiotic do?

Antibiotics are a medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms. Often used to treat severe bacterial infections


About how many Americans seek a Chiropractor?

About one in ten Americans seek Chiropractic care! Chiropractors are often visited for relieving ailments like back pain!


This popular Indian spice has known health benefits when consumed.

Turmeric (found in curry powder) has been surprisingly effective against Alzheimer’s symptoms in multiple studies, and currently out-performs any known Alzheimer’s drug!


What is the emphasis if natural medicine?

Some goals include: Trusting the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself. Treating the whole person and focusing on overall health, wellness and disease prevention!


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