Traditional Naturopathy vs. Naturopathic Medicine: What’s the Difference?

Kolawole Braimah

Did You Know.......
Naturopathic medicine is used for most health issues? Some of the more common ones include:

  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Fertility issues
  • Digestive problems
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Chronic pain

More and more people in today’s society are seeking the benefits of alternative healthcare.  Some believe that people are seeking alternatives because they are frustrated and disenchanted with conventional healthcare as conventional healthcare focuses on treating symptoms of dis-ease with a band-aid approach as opposed to treating the cause of dis-ease. 

  • Holistic healthcare, specifically naturopathy believes that symptoms are signs that there is an imbalance in the body and focus on healing the cause of the symptom and healing the whole person. Naturopathy is one of many modalities that can assist a person on their journey to good health.  However, the field of naturopathy can be confusing if one does not understand how it is practiced.
  • Naturopathy is a philosophy and a system of non-invasive healthcare that promotes and encourages healing naturally within an individual. Believing in the healing power of nature, naturopathy focuses on educating and counseling individuals on the various techniques that support this philosophy. 
  • Naturopathy uses natural substances, such as ;
  • Foods
  • Vitamins
  • Mineral
  • Botanical substances
  • Sound
  • Water
  • Heat
  • Energy
  • Non-manipulative bodywork
  • Tissue manipulation
  • Exercise

  • Traditional naturopathy is naturopathy. As the names implies, it is the traditional form of naturopathy that has been used by traditional societies since the beginning of human life.
  • The traditional naturopathic practitioner/consultant counsels people on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Traditional naturopathic practitioners/consultants receive their training from various programs such as mentorship programs, alternative health clinics and institutions, and/or private schools that focus on holistic health studies.
  • They usually become certified by private /public institutions and then registered to practice naturopathy by the Ministry of Health.   
  • Naturopathic medicine is different from traditional naturopathy in many ways.
  • Although it shares the belief in the philosophy of the body’s own healing powers, it is a system of medicine that is based on scientific research.
  • Naturopathic physicians attend four-year graduate level naturopathic medical schools and are trained in basic medical science and conventional diagnostics.  They acquire licenses to practice naturopathy. 
  • They are trained to diagnose and treat clients. Traditional naturopathic practitioners/consultants are trained to consult clients.
The Coalition of Natural Medicine has this to say about the difference between the two:
“What is the difference between naturopathic medicine and traditional naturopathy?
Licensed naturopathic doctors (also sometimes referred to “naturopathic physicians”) have been trained in “naturopathic medicine.” Education in naturopathic medicine differs from traditional naturopathy in that the former is an adulterated form of naturopathy that combines true naturopathic remedies with   certain invasive, allopathic modalities. Such modalities include drawing blood and performing surgery, as well as prescribing pharmaceuticals and ordering x-rays.
True naturopathy simply involves natural, non-medical, non-invasive, traditional naturopathic modalities.” (
  • Traditional naturopathic practitioners/consultants can be very skilled in teaching and educating people about good health and wellness.
  • The healing techniques and methods that they use are effective in restoring balance and homeostasis within one’s body so that healing occurs naturally.
  • Although they do not replace conventional medical doctors, they can be a workable adjunct or alternative to maintaining good health.  
A Last Word. Who Can Use It?
It's a good option for people who might not find relief for their chronic illness through traditional medicine.
In many cases, you can use both conventional and naturopathic medicine to treat an illness. For example, naturopathic remedies may help ease the side effects of chemotherapy. But remember to tell your regular doctor about any naturopathic treatments you’re on. And, you should tell your naturopathic doctor about your conventional medications. That way, both providers can work as a team for your health. 
LifeWellness Wholistic Centre provides a wide array of Naturopathic therapies including Wholistic wellness, colon cleanse, weight loss programs, pain management, stress management, emotional and mental therapies, various forms of detoxification and rejuvenation.
We are offering complimentary Wholistic Wellness Assessment throughout the month of May. Kindly call and book an appointment.
Walk into your divine presence and sending you all divine light, life and light.
Kolawole M. Braimah is a Health & Wellness Consultant, Iridologist, Energy Healer, Life Coach and ABNLP Certified NLP Practitioner

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