Allopathic Medicine, also called ‘conventional’ or ‘Western’ is the dominant medical practice in the United States. It’s general focus is the alleviation of symptoms.
Natural practices are often employed using this philosophy of care by ‘conventional’ and ‘alternative’ practitioners as well as do-it’s-yourselfers. This is basically symptom suppression using natural means.
The difference between Naturopathic Medicine and all other systems of healing is its philosophical approach. Natural means are employed with the intention to heal, but of greater importance is the attention to determining the underlying cause of disease so it may be addressed. Solving the problem of disease results in genuine wellness, eliminating the need to define health as temporary or requiring long term medication/herbs to be ‘healthy’.