Because I practise both Classical Homeopathy and Naturopathy, which are each referred to as a 'Modality', I am frequently asked as to what the difference is between a Naturopath and a Homeopath. The one thing they have in common is that they both treat the person as a whole, in other words, we don't just treat the disease state, for example if the person presented with a cold sore, we would look at dietary factors that relate to the person getting a cold sore and we would also take into consideration their mental state and the stress that they have probably been under and then make up a prescription to address all these factors and not just the cold sore.
Naturopathy encompasses many fields including Nutrition, Herbal Medicines, Bach Flowers, Vitamins and Minerals, Iridology and often some low potency Homeopathics all of which are derived from substances found in Nature or delivered personally by the Healer. I feel the one place Naturopathy shines is when it comes to the liver. The Medical Profession has no answer for conditions relating to the liver, for example, a person, often elderly who is taking many Prescription drugs.
They often present to me with itchy skin which is a sign that their poor old liver isn't coping with the detoxification process involved in metabolizing all these drugs therefore the toxins then start to eliminate via the skin. I have even had a couple of Medical Doctors consult me for their itchy skin.
In Australia, a Naturopath is not permitted to 'diagnose' a person's condition even though it may be obvious what their problem is and we are not allowed to say we are 'treating' them so if we really need a diagnosis then we firstly need them to consult their Doctor before we then effect a plan to help them deal with their disorder.
There is no scientific basis to Homeopathy and it is a relatively new modality, 230 years odd, compared to Herbal Medicine which dates back thousands of years and is therefore considered to have 'imperial knowledge' as to the effectiveness and the appropriate dose and disease states for which they are prescribed. Homeopathy involves the prescription of highly diluted substances which in fact end up containing none of the original substance and are therefore referred to as having a placebo effect by people who don't understand the principles. I love using Homeopathics when it comes to skin conditions such as Dermatitis, Eczema and Psoriasis and this is where I will use it the most.
Homeopathy is very cheap compared to the cost of Natural Medicines and Supplements so if a person doesn't have a lot of money to spare or if they are suffering from a skin ailment then I will often use Homeopathy whereas I personally will usually use Herbal Medicines and Minerals for liver detoxification even though it is possible to do a Homeopathic Detox. It really comes down to personal preference and in my case, years of Clinical Experience as to which one I use for what condition at the time and I will always perform an Iridology assessment no matter which modality I am going to use.
Date posted: 2013-09-02 | posted by: debras