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What is the difference between homeopathy osteopathic medicine naturopathy and chiropractic?

Buzzwords like homeopathy are used quite often, but what do they mean?

Massage is often recommended as part of a well-rounded homeopathic therapy. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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Massage is often recommended as part of a well-rounded homeopathic therapy.

Developed by a German physician, Christian F.S. Hahneman (1755-1843), the therapy of homeopathy treats patients with small doses of two thousand substances. Based on the principle that "like cures like", the medicine used is one that produces the same symptoms in a healthy person that the disease is producing in the sick person.

Chiropractic is based on the belief that disease results from the lack of normal nerve function. Relying on physical manipulation and adjustment of the spine for therapy, rather than on drugs or surgery, this therapy, used by the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hindus, was rediscovered in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer (1845-1913).

Developed in the United States by Dr. Andrew Skill, osteopathic medicine recognizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in healthy function of the human body. The physician is fully licensed and uses manipulation techniques as well as traditional diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Osteopathy is practiced as part of standard Western medicine.

Naturopathy is based on the principle that disease is due to the accumulation of waste products and toxins in the body. Practitioners believe that health is maintained by avoiding anything artificial or unnatural in the diet or in the environment.

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