Homeopathy or Naturopathy – What Is The Difference?

Most people have heard of homeopathy, but less have heard of naturopathy; although, the few who have heard of both would probably find it difficult to explain the difference between the two.

However, there is a distinct difference between these two alternative medicines and the theories which they use.

The main difference between the theories of homeopathy and naturopathy are as follows:


1. The practitioner of homeopathy is called a Homeopath.

2. Homeopathy uses the philosophy that “like cures like” – if an individual has mercury poisoning, then that person will be treated with mercury to cure it.

3. Homeopathic remedies are used as the primary medicine to treat all of an individual’s problems with a “one remedy” will cure-all approach.

4. Homeopathy is a complete medicine which can treat minor ailments such as: colds, fevers, and headaches, etc., through to more serious diseases like cancer.

5. Homeopathic remedies are very small quantities of plant, mineral, or animal extracts that are beaten down until only the memory of what was there is left.


1. The practitioner of naturopathy is called a Naturopath.

2. A Naturopath may have knowledge of many natural therapies, including: acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Western herbalism, homeopathy, and nutrition, etc.

Specific studies may have also been taken into any one of these alternative medicines (up to 4-years in each).

3. Naturopathy uses the philosophy that to heal the body and mind, the use of natural resources must be used to provide a permanent solution to the problem.

4. Naturopathy usually focuses on Western herbalism and botanical medicine to treat an individual’s problems; although, it may use complimentary alternatives too.

5. Similar to modern-day medicine, naturopathy may use various medicines to treat each individual problem that an individual may be suffering from.

Note: Whether homeopathic remedies or naturopathic medicine are used, they must be done so under the strict guidance of either a Homeopath or Naturopath.

Not all remedies and medicines are suitable for everyone, and should therefore not be self-administered.

Philip is a Freelance Writer, Author, and Owner of Cancer Cry. He was born in Oxfordshire, England; however, today he lives in Mexico where he has been based for many years, researching and writing about cancer and other health related issues. If you would like to read more of his articles, check out his blogsite – http://www.cancercry.com – and at the same time, please recommend it to others. 

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