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As always, seek professional advice before using any of the methods listed.

Intro and Info

Naturopathy aka Naturopathic Medicine is a type of Alternative Medicine that takes in a wide range of natural treatments, those would include;-

  1. Homeopathy
  2. Herbalism
  3. Acupuncture
  4. Diet Therapy
  5. Lifestyle Counseling

Plus some others.

Naturopaths (those who practice Naturopathy), would favor a holistic approach with non-invasive treatments and will usually avoid the use of surgery and prescription drugs.

Naturopathy would be thought of as a philosophy, that is based on a belief in Vitalism and "Self-Healing", and practitioners often prefer methods of treatment that are not compatible with evidence-based medicine. Naturopathic treatments are considered by many to be full of pseudoscientific, ineffective, unethical, and possibly dangerous practices, whereas many others would claim that standard treatmentsare filled with the same, and purely exist to create money for government bodies, as usual we at Altopedia would recommend that you do your own research, and arrive at your own conclusions before becoming involved with any form of treatment.

Origin of the name

The term "naturopathy" was created from "natura" (Latin root for birth) and "pathos" (the Greek root for suffering) to suggest "natural healing".

In more recent years, naturopathy started to grow out of the Natural Cure movement of Europe, with the term being coined in 1895 by John Scheel and popularized by Benedict Lust, the "father of U.S. naturopathy".

On to the 1970s, and there was a revival of interest within the United States and Canada, in in conjunction with the holistic health movement.


Naturopathic practitioners throughout the USA could be divided into three different categories;-

  1. Traditional Naturopaths
  2. Naturopathic Physicians
  3. Other health care providers that provide naturopathic services.

The scope of practice varies widely between jurisdictions, and naturopaths in unregulated jurisdictions may use the Naturopathic Doctor designation or other titles regardless of level of education. Naturopathic physicians employ the principles of naturopathy within the context of conventional medical practices.

Much of the ideology and of naturopathy, could be considered to be in conflict with the knowledge of evidence-based medicine, again, please make your own decisions. The training of a therapist within these fields could add up to a minor percentage of that of standard health practitioners, and nationally qualified doctors.

According to the American Cancer Society, "scientific evidence does not support claims that naturopathic medicine can cure cancer or any other disease, since virtually no studies on naturopathy as a whole have been published.