Many people are of the opinion that naturopathy and homeopathy are one and the same. But, the fact is that naturopathy is a broad spectrum, wherein the practitioners tend to prescribe multiple treatment approaches like dietary adjustments, supplements and herbs. On the other hand, when it comes to homeopathy, it is a system of alternative medicine, wherein the practitioners pay attention totally on the application of homeopathic medicines to provide the required remedy to their patients. Here are some details that will explain the difference between these two systems of alternative medicine:
The term ‘naturopathy’ can be called as an umbrella term that encompasses, iridology, nutrition, massage and herbal medications inclusive of homeopathy medicines. The origin of this system is something related to providing natural cure to the patients and different methods like raw diet, fasting, whole foods and hydrotherapy are prescribed by practitioners. However, different therapeutic disciplines were added later apart from these methods to give the wholesome name as naturopathy.
What does a doctor’s visit involve? When a patient visits a naturopathy practitioner, he will most probably get diet advice, minerals, vitamins and herbal medicines may be prescribed. This is the reason why these practitioners are considered as general practitioners of natural therapies. Even though, these professionals use herbal remedies in their treatment, they use these remedies only for acute symptoms as a part of the wholesome treatment plan.
Philosophy: The philosophy of this system of alternative medicine is based on providing an environment for the patients that will support their easy recovery.
Herbal preparations: Generally, the herbs prescribed by these practitioners are made from fluid extracts or plants called as tinctures and they are normally dark in color and will have a bitter and strong taste.
This is a scientific system of medicine, which was developed out of orthodox medicine of the 18th century. On the basis of the symptoms of the patients, homeopaths will prescribe appropriate medications. The unique thing about this alternative system of medicine is that specific selection of medicines is made on the basis of the symptoms of the patient. These practitioners also suggest lifestyle and diet changes like naturopaths, but this system wholly depends on prescribed medicines for providing the right cure.
What does a doctor’s visit involve? When a patient visits a homeopath, the professional will gather complete details about the symptoms experienced. After analyzing the symptoms, unique medications will be prescribed. For instance, if two patients visit a homeopath for the same illness, both of them will be prescribed different medications based on their body condition and the other symptoms they experience.
Philosophy: The philosophy of this system involves finding the medications on the basis of the law of similarity, which denotes that what a substance can cause, it can cure. This means that when it comes to treating bee stings and swellings, the medicine prepared from honeybee will be prescribed.
Homeopathic preparations: Generally, the medications prescribed in this alternative medicine will be in the form of small white pills or drops with slight sweet taste. They do not have any color and they are non-toxic as they are diluted from the source material. Even though, the origin of some homeopathic medicines is herbs, there are many differences between homeopathic medicines and herbal medicines.
Now, both these alternative medicines are gaining popularity to provide the best cure to different issues.