Differences between Naturopathic and Homeopathic Medicine by Dr. Erica Steele

Differences between Naturopathic and Homeopathic Medicine by Dr. Erica Steele


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Dr. Erica Steele (a healer in the naturopathic field of study) states that naturopathic medicine has made many strides as a respected form of treatment for a wide variety of maladies.



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The Diferences between Naturopathic and Homeopathic Medicine: Dr. Erica Steele
Among the general public, there's a big misconception about alternative medicine. Many people use the terms "naturopathic" and "homeopathic" interchangeably, as if they were the same thing. To the practitioners, nothing could be farther from the truth. Naturopathic and homeopathic practices are two very diFerent ways of interpreting the Ield of alternative medicine.
Naturopathic Medicine is Based on Nature
Simply put, naturopathic medicine is based entirely on treating a patient's symptoms in as natural a way as possible. Drugs and invasive procedures, such as surgery, are openly shunned in favor of holistic techniques that aim to heal the patient completely. DiFerent kinds of naturopathic methods include acupuncture, massage therapy, applied kinesiology and rolIng. Naturopathic medicine casts a wide net.
Naturopathic Medicine is Accepted by the Mainstream
Dr. Erica Steele (a healer in the naturopathic Ield of study) states that naturopathic medicine has made many strides as a respected form of treatment for a wide variety of maladies. or instance, massage therapy has been unilaterally agreed on as a pain reliever and relaxant. ït's also excellent for stimulating blood Low and promoting important bodily functions. Chelation therapy has been proven eFective against atherosclerosis, a condition that can thicken artery walls with an overabundance of white blood cells.
Naturopathy Encourages Good Habits
Naturopathic treatments also are used as preventative measures to improve one's health. They include increasing intake of sunshine, which provides Vitamin D to your body. Vegetarian diets are also often encouraged, as they're known to provide more nutrients than eating habits full of meat. Naturopathic medicine also encourages a healthy exercise regiment, to keep patients physically It.
Psychological treatments are also under the naturopathic umbrella. They include meditation and relaxation techniques and completely revolve around managing stress.
Homeopathic Medicine Targets the Symptom Precisely
Homeopathic medicine is the art of, essentially, Ighting the disease with the disease. ït's based oF of the theory that the substances that cause symptoms of a sickness in healthy people will cure a disease when administered to a sick person. Homeopathic medicines incorporate not only animal and plant material, but synthetic substances as well, setting it apart from naturopathic medicines.
Giving a patient a substance that causes the very disease they have can make them sicker, though. Therefore, homeopathic medicines evolved through the method of diluting said toxic substances, in order for the patient to safely ingest them.
Homeopathic medicine has also inspired isopathic therapy, or the art of using elements of a disease to cure it. ït also inspired homeoprophylaxis, which is used as an alternative to preventing infectious diseases.
But Homeopathic Doctors Also Take Everything Into Account
Homeopathic consultations consist of the practitioner assessing the patient's history. Much like with naturopathic practitioners, they factor in mental and emotional well being as much as physical health. rom there, the homeopathic doctor constructs a formula and creates a remedy that is designed speciIcally to treat all of the patient's symptoms, using all of the patient's background as a guide in creating the remedy.
Select Whatever Method Works For You
Alternative medicine is a complex Ield and it's easy to get confused and get led astray with the diFerent kind of treatments oFered. Be sure to do research on what naturopathic and homeopathic professionals are providing before you commit to a treatment.
Dr. Erica Steele (Naturopathic Doctor & Healer)
Dr. Erica Steele, DNM ND is the founder at Essential Wellness Center who has been treating patients for over a decade with natural medicine. Dr. Erica holds her doctorate in natural medicine and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the University of Natural Medicine located in San Dimas Ca. Dr. Erica prides herself on being a patient advocate for
natural health and wellness. She has a vast understanding of human biochemistry and is a homeopathic practitioner working with patients on biochemical imbalances, restoring patients to functional ranges of health.