Module 3: Cross-cultural Naturopathy

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Ms. Angeline Arumugam

Ms. Angeline Arumugam

Angeline Arumugam is the Founder & Manager of FAM Superfoods, a business enterprise  dedicated towards creating natural remedies that help to restore balance & promote overall wellness. For the past 5 years, she has been focusing on formulating products that enhance detox functions, digestive restoration & immune support.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Advanced Diploma in Naturopathic Practice & Herbalism Certificate from the Health Academy of Australia.

Course Description & Organisation

4.1. Description:

This course gives an overview of the underlying principles of naturopathic principles across cultures, through the paradigm of “food as medicine”. This module is an educational introduction to the concept of naturopathy and its cultural variations, and does not contain any form of prescription.


4.2. Organisation: 

4 sessions of 2 hours weekly.

  • Each session is broken down into 4 – 6 micro modules of 20 – 30 minutes each.
  • Each micro module reflects one core idea and one learning objective.

Course’s Objectives

This short course aims at introducing Naturopathy and the role of plants, more specifically, local edible flora or “ulam” in human health and nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Understand principles of Naturopathy and its approaches.
  2. Understand the main nutrients and their role in human health.
  3. Understand the health benefits of ulam Intake to prevent and combat diseases.
  4. Understand the relationship between lifestyle and food (ulam) Intake In relation to one’s health.

Teaching Method

  • Lecture (presential and online) > 70%
  • Applications (workshop, case studies) > 30%

Assessment Details

The breakdown of the assessment modalities is as follows:

  • Continuous Assessment (CA): 40%
  • Final Assessment (FA): 60%


Details are shown here below.

  • Continuous Assessment (CA)

CA is conducted at the end of each session in the form of 1 brief online Quizz.  CA is worth 40% of the total assessment, i.e., 10% worth per session.


  • Final Assessment (FA) 

FA is conducted at the end of the module, and comprises 2 modalities, cumulating to 60% of the overall assessment: 

  • Comprehensive Quizz that recapitulates knowledge acquired throughout sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4: worth 20%.
  • Group assignment: worth 40%

Detailed course contents and time allocation

Session 1: Introduction to Naturopathy (2 hours)

  • Topic 1 Definition of Naturopathy
  • Topic 2 Historical backgrounds & origins of Naturopathy
  • Topic 3 Core principles of Naturopathy
  • Topic 4 Holistic approach to health & wellness
  • Topic 5 The body’s self-healing mechanisms
  • Topic 6 Case study & group discussion


Session 2: Naturopathy & Society (2 hours)

  • Topic 1 From the anthropological lens
  • Topic 2 Naturopathic practices amongst various cultures 
  • Topic 3 Pillar principles of Western naturopathy
  • Topic 4 Pillar principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Topic 5 Pillar principles of Ayurveda
  • Topic 6 Showcasing naturopathic key-ingredients across cultures


 Session 3: Naturopathy : How Can It Benefit Us (2 hours)

  • Topic 1 Understanding our body’s signals – symptoms & root cause
  • Topic 2 Self-Assessment: Lifestyle evaluation
  • Topic 3 Understanding Nutrients – Macronutrients, Vitamins, Minerals 
  • Topic 4 Capitalizing Nutrients in promoting health
  • Topic 5 Handling naturopathic ingredients: Dos and Don’ts
  • Topic 6 Case Study: Food as Medicine


SESSION 4: Naturopathic Approaches (2 hours)

  • Topic 1 Herbal medicine and its applications
  • Topic 2 For digestive health
  • Topic 3 For mental & emotional wellbeing
  • Topic 4 For immune system
  • Topic 5 Detoxification & fasting strategies 
  • Topic 6 Significance of naturopathy in today’s world


SESSION 5: Online Quizz + Group Assignment

References for this Course

  • 8.1 Indicative Reading

Fleming, S. A., & Gutknecht, N. C. (2010). Naturopathy and the primary care practice. Primary care, 37(1), 119–136

Snider, P., & Zeff, J. (2019). Unifying Principles of Naturopathic Medicine Origins and Definitions. Integrative medicine Encinitas, Calif., 18(4), 36–39

Tripathi, Pragati & Bahuguna, Yogendr & Raghav, Shelly. (2021). A Review on Herbal Naturopathy. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review

Zeff JL, Snider P, Myers S, DeGrandpre Z. (2019) Chapter 3: A Hierarchy of Healing: The Therapeutic Order. A Unifying Theory of Naturopathic Medicine


  • 8.2 Webography, Videography and other media

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General Information

  • Subject name: Cross-cultural Naturopathy
  • Micro-credentials / number of credits: 
  • Contact hours: 8 hours (presential mode: hours / online: hours

Entry Requirements




Total Hours

8 hours

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