PA Homeopathy - Dr. Bernardo A. Merizalde

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Oct 23, 2013

Is there any difference between homeopathy and naturopathy?


Homeopathy can be considered a form of naturopathy. Naturopathy cannot be considered a form of homeopathy.


According to the definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, homeopathy is a medical approach that treats diseases with infinitesimally small doses of substances that, in large amounts and administered to a “healthy” individual, would produce the same symptoms as the disease; these experiments are called “provings.” Naturopathy is an alternative system that treats diseases with options like acupuncture, colon therapy, electrotherapy, exercise, herbs, hydrotherapy, hypnosis, natural elements, good nutrition, reflexology, stress relief, and tissue manipulation while avoiding pharmaceuticals and surgery. Of course, homeopathy is part of a naturopath’s toolkit, but they are usually not specialized in homeopathic medicine.

For homeopathy to be effective, a practitioner must focus on the client’s symptoms and identify the remedy that will most closely resemble those symptoms, based on the findings from the provings and catalogued in reference books called “Homeopathic Materia Medica.” A naturopath, on the other hand, focuses primarily on the cause of the disease instead of its symptoms and the various modalities of treatments suitable to treat the patient. Of course, homeopaths also consider the causes of disease, but these factors are weighed equally with the particular symptoms presented by the patient.

Homeopathy is a distinct system of medicine, with its origins in the work of Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor from the late 18th and early 19th century. Naturopathy, because it includes a variety of natural treatment options, is not based on any one practitioner’s work.definition of homeopathy in dictionary

Homeopaths are professionals trained in homeopathy as a specialty. Naturopaths may be trained as general doctors. Some individuals, without professional education, may become self-taught practitioners who may claim to be homeopaths or naturopaths, but they are usually not certified or licensed healthcare practitioners.

Homeopathy focuses on the body’s response to homeopathic remedies and the progression of healing. Naturopathy places emphasis on the combination of various therapeutic modalities for the benefit of the patient.

Homeopathy can be considered a form of naturopathy. Naturopathy cannot be considered a form of homeopathy.


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