Many people think that homeopathy and naturopathy are one and the same thing. Naturopathy is a 'broad spectrum' descriptor in which practitioners are more likely to prescribe multiple treatment approaches like supplements, herbs and dietary adjustments. Conversely, homeopathy is a single system of medicine in which practitioners focus totally on the application of homeopathic medicines.
Naturopathy is an umbrella term for many natural therapies, which include herbal medicine, massage, nutrition, iridology, and can include homeopathy. Naturopathy's origin is in 'nature cures'. Over time, various therapeutic disciplines have been added to become what is now known as 'Naturopathy.'
Homeopathy is a scientific system of medicine, which grew out of the orthodox medicine of the 18th century. It matches a medicine to the patient's symptoms. The unique characteristic of homeopathy is the specific selection of a medicine to correspond with the patient's symptoms according to specialised homeopathic case taking. Homeopaths often consider diet and life-style as naturopaths do, but it is the prescribed homeopathic medicine, which is used to directly treat a patient's condition.