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Between Naturopathy and Homeopathy

Ok, I get it. The two words sound a lot alike! If you've Googled this before, you may be even more confused. However, this post is meant to clear up some of the confusion and to set record straight!


  • Practitioners referred to as Naturopaths, Naturopathic Doctors or Naturopathic Medical Doctors

  • Licensed Naturopathic Doctors are qualified to act as your Primary Care Physician or General Practitioner

  • Generally abbreviated as ND or NMD. The term "naturopathy" was created from "natura" (Latin root for birth) and "pathos" (the Greek root for suffering)

  • Broad spectrum word- naturopathic doctors treat all sorts of ailments.

  • May use functional lab testing

  • May use herbs and other botanical medicine in treatment

  • May utilize nutritional IV therapy

  • May prescribe homeopathy- does not however, make them a homeopath

  • May use acupuncture- (if they are in a licensed state in which they are allowed to perform)

  • May incorporate lifestyle and nutritional counseling into treatment

  • May prescribe medications (depending on what state you live in)


  • Practitioners referred to as Homeopath or Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine

  • Generally abbreviated HOMEO, DHM

  • Generally not qualified to be your Primary Care Physician or General Practitioner

  • Homeopathy is one specific treatment modality, although diet and lifestyle may be addressed as well

  • Each state has differing laws for practicing homeopathy, but most states require an MD, DO or ND license to diagnose and treat

  • The term comes from Greek homoios (similar) and pathos (suffering)

  • Philosophy is based on the "Law of Similars" meaning "like cures like" when remedies are given

  • Homeopathic remedies (medicine) are prescribed to match the patient's symptoms

  • Homeopathic remedies are administered in drops or small white round pellet form

  • Homeopathic remedies are diluted several times resulting in very low potencies

  • Classical homeopathic consultations are typically an in depth analysis about current state of health and recommendations are based upon that

There you have it! See, it's not so confusing!

If you would like more information on any of the treatments listed above please contact: Skin, A Naturopathic Clinic.

Skin, A Naturopathic Clinic is located in Encinitas, CA. The Naturopathic Doctors look forward to working with you to look and feel your best!

This article is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes. Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

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