The Difference Between Naturopath & Homeopath

The main differences in a homeopath vs a naturopath doctor is the recommended course of treatment and the qualifications earned by the doctor.

A Naturopathic doctor earns a 4 year naturopath medical degree from a naturopathic medical school.  The naturopathic medical degree gives a license as a primary care physician in certain states.  Some states a license is not required so it is important to check out whether the state you live in requires naturopathic doctors to be licensed.  In the states that require a license the doctor must have a license to be practicing and called a Naturopathic doctor.

Naturopathic doctors use basic medical practices to understand and determine the recommended course of treatment.  A Naturopath doctor reaches a diagnosis by performing a thorough patient history and an appropriate physical examination. Based on the information obtained, tests such as labs or imaging may be ordered to rule in or rule out diagnoses and an individualized treatment plan created for you.  They use natural medicines from herbs, plants and minerals, prescription medicine, nutrition and general lifestyle counseling.

Homeopathic treatments and diagnosis are drastically different from a Naturopathic doctor.  Homeopaths offer a “remedy” which is an ultra-dilute “micro” dose of a plant, mineral or other substance found in nature.   Homeopaths do not have a medical degree or license from a naturopathic school.  Homeopaths make diagnosis and treatments plans based on a interview and meeting, asking questions about health history and current conditions.  After you’ve taken the remedy, the homeopath will schedule a follow-up visit to track your progress and make any necessary modifications to your remedy.

Finding Nathurapathic or Homeopath doctors may require additional time and research depending on the state and area you live.  Good resources are internet, referrals from naturopath schools/universities and personal referrals.