The world of natural medicine is surrounded by myths in the U.S., although more and more people are choosing to include a natural medicine doctor as part of their wellness team. However, the prevalence of myths about this field of medicine continue, including understanding the difference between a homeopathic and a naturopathic doctor. To make it simple, no, these medical practices are not the same. However, they are similar and can be used in tandem. Here are a few similarities and differences between these two natural medicine disciplines.
First and foremost, the difference and similarity between homeopathic and natural medicine is this – all homeopathic medicines are natural, not all natural treatments are homeopathic. Homeopathic is a philosophy that has been used for many centuries, based on the theory of “like curing like”. Small doses of an element that causes a symptom can be used to treat a symptom. This is a very specific form of natural treatment which can be effective, but is very different from other forms of natural medicine.
Homeopathic vs. Naturopathic Medicine
Since homeopathic medicine is its own type of natural or alternative medicine, homeopathic doctors only use homeopathic treatments. However, naturopathic medicine encompasses many different types of natural medicine, including homeopathic treatments. A naturopathic doctor may recommend nutritional treatments, botanical medications, acupuncture, homeopathic medications and many different options for treating their patients. A homeopathic doctor will only use homeopathic medicine.
For those looking for natural options for wellness, both homeopathic and naturopathic physicians can offer natural health benefits. But unless a person only wants to explore homeopathic medicine, a naturopathic doctor can offer a full range of options for natural health care, including the use of homeopathic medicine.
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