Naturopathy and Homeopathy are both considered holistic disciplines that have similar objectives of invoking good health for the general public, but they have different ways of diagnosing illnesses and of applying treatment methods. The training curriculum for each discipline differs in a few ways. For example, naturopaths are required to complete an accredited 4-year program in order to qualify as a naturopathic physician.
Formal training programs are not required for aspiring homeopaths; however, certified courses are available for individuals who are interested in the discipline. The scope of application varies for naturopathic physicians and homeopathic practitioners. Naturopathic doctors have the same prescription assignment rights as medical doctors, and depending on the type of practice, some naturopathic doctors can perform minor surgeries. Homeopathic practitioners primarily focus on offering botanical and mineral remedies that are found in nature.
Using Vitamins and Nutrients To Treat Illness
One of the revolutionary holistic treatment protocols to come into existence in the past century is the Myers Cocktail. This treatment modality was established by Dr. John Myers as a holistic remedy for medical complications that include asthma, fibromyalgia, depression, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, narcotic withdrawal symptoms and many other conditions. Essentially, the cocktail is a powerful combination of vitamins and minerals that is administered intravenously. Intravenous application has been found to be more effective than oral doses, for intravenous applications introduce higher concentrations of the nutrients directly into the blood stream opposed to oral treatments, which gets diluted when it is filtered through the digestive system. Myers Cocktail ingredients include:
Shared Treatments Used By Naturopaths and Homeopaths
Practitioners of naturopathy and homeopathy have overlapping treatment methods for a wide variety of illnesses. For example, glutathione is used by both practitioners. Glutathione is an antioxidant that is found in plants, bacteria and fungi. It is used by holistic practitioners to treat illnesses and various symptoms of diseases, such as cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, cataracts, diabetes, asthma, male fertility and other medical conditions. Glutathione can be applied intravenously, orally and by inhalation. There are very few side effects of glutathione, for it is considered generally safe. However, glutathione is not recommended for pregnant women or by women who are breastfeeding; and it is not recommended for asthma patients to inhale. Rather, asthma patients should take glutathione orally.
Complimentary Measures for Surgical Procedures and Muscle Injury
One of the fastest growing treatment measures in holistic medicine are platelet-rich plasma injections. PRP injections are a proven treatment method for healing wounds and repairing damaged soft tissue, tendons and ligaments. Platelet-rich plasma injections are applied by extracting blood from a patient, spinning it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets and then injecting the wounded area of the patient with the extracted platelets.