2010 Tennessee Code
Title 63 - Professions Of The Healing Arts
Chapter 6 - Medicine and Surgery
Part 2 - General Provisions
63-6-205 - Practice of naturopathy. [Amended effective June 30, 2012. See the Compiler�s Notes.]
63-6-205. Practice of naturopathy. [Amended effective June 30, 2012. See the Compilers Notes.]
(a) It is unlawful for any person to practice naturopathy in this state.
(b) Naturopathy means nature cure or health by natural methods and is defined as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injuries, ailments and disease by the use of such physical forces, as air, light, water, vibration, heat, electricity, hydrotherapy, psychotherapy, dietetics or massage, and the administration of botanical and biological drugs. (c) [Effective until June 30, 2012. See the Compiler's Notes.]
(1) In no event shall naturopathy mean the sale of herbs or natural health information exchanges provided as a service so long as:
(A) The sale or provision of information exchanges is not conducted for the purpose of the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of any physical ailment or physical injury to or deformity of another; and
(B) In any instance involving natural health information exchanges, the seller obtains a signed acknowledgement from the buyer that the seller is neither a licensed practitioner of the healing arts in this state, nor meets the recognized qualification criteria that would allow the provision of any form of diagnosis, treatment recommendation or medical care in this state. For the purposes of meeting the requirements of this section, the seller shall keep the signed acknowledgement from the buyer on file for a period of three (3) years.
(2) This subsection (c) shall be repealed at midnight, June 30, 2012.
(d) A violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor.
(e) This section does not apply to persons who comply with the regulatory laws of the state with respect to the practice of the various healing arts.
[Acts 1947, ch. 2, §§ 1, 2; mod. C. Supp. 1950, § 6940.1 (Williams, § 7025.4); T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 63-609; Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 112; 2009, ch. 416, § 1.]
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My other entry on this: http://liveonearth.livejournal.com/600257.html
This in a 7/09 email from my dad:
I found the word "naturopathic" once on the Tennessee Government web site. Among the things that TennCare, the Tennessee version of Medicaid, will not pay for is specifically listed "naturopathic services". That does not surprise me, because a lot of things one would consider essential for good health are also listed.
In Davis v. Beeler, 185 Tenn. 638, 207 S.W.2d 343 (1947), Appeal dismissed for want of a substantial federal question, 333 U.S. 859, 68 S. Ct. 745, 92 L. Ed. 1138 (1948), naturopaths claimed that they had been unconstitutionally deprived of liberty and property interests by a Tennessee law withdrawing recognition from naturopathy as a separate branch of medicine but allowing methods used by naturopaths to be used by other licensed practitioners. The Supreme Court of Tennessee rejected these arguments and sustained the legislature's power to require that practitioners of limited branches of the healing arts obtain a general practitioner's license. 207 S.W.2d at 345. The jurisdictional statement filed with the United States Supreme Court reveals that these due process and equal protection claims were directly presented on appeal.
In Tennessee and in South Carolina, the practice of naturopathy is illegal. Tennessee law, for example, provides that the practice of naturopathy is a Class B misdemeanor, but renders this prohibition inapplicable to "persons who comply with the regulatory laws of the state with respect to the practice of the various healing arts." Without a similar textual qualification, however, a South Carolina statute prohibits the practice of naturopathy and subjects offenders to a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, or both.
After Lust’s death in 1945, the profession splintered philosophically and regionally, and the American Naturopathic Association itself fractionated into 6 different professional organizations (one of which kept the ANA name). During the 1940s and 1950s, chiropractic schools started dropping their ND programs. From 1940 to 1963, the American Medical Association lobbied effectively against heterodox medical systems, including naturopathy, and Tennessee and Texas legislated against the practice of naturopathy.
Baer, Hans A. “Toward an Integrative Medicine”. AltaMira Press, 2004, pp 35-38. ISBN 075910302X