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    What is the difference between homeopathy and naturopathy?

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    Claudette Wadsworth

    Homeopath, Naturopath

    With 12 years of clinical experience, Claudette is one of Sydney's expert Naturopaths and Nutritionists practicing at Better Health Clinic in Bondi Junction. With prior … View Profile

    Homeopathy is an energetic medicine where there is something that's diluted so there's no actual physical substance left. However there's still the energy of the substance so it's a very minute dosing. It's very old-tradition, while naturopathy is more of an umbrella term including homeopathy and herbal medicine. Naturopathy includes treatment with herbs, nutrition, vitamins, iridology, and may include message and flower essences. Naturopathy is a bit more all-encompassing and depends on one’s preferences around what methods of treatment they would choose to give you.

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    My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease … View Profile

    A meta-analysis of  110 homeopathy clinical trials compared to 110 conventional medicine clinical trials showed that the (weak) evidence for the efficacy of homeopathy could be attributed to placebo.

    See:

    Shang A et al (2005)
    Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy and allopathy.
    Lancet 366: 726-32.

    This means that people who purchase homeopathic products are just buying very expensive water (or a sugar pill).

    The conjecture that "there's still the energy of the substance" in a homeopathic product is not one which evidence-based biomedical professionals would agree with.


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