A system of disease prevention and treatment that avoids drugs and surgery. Naturopathy is based on the use of natural agents such as air, water, light, heat, and massage to help the body heal itself. It also uses herbal products, nutrition, acupuncture, and aromatherapy as forms of treatment.

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  • naturopathy — (n.) 1901, a hybrid from comb. form of NATURE (Cf. nature) + PATHY (Cf. pathy). A correct formation from all Greek elements would be *physiopathy. Related: Naturopath …   Etymology dictionary

  • naturopathy — [nā΄chər äp′ə thē] n. [< NATURE + O + PATHY] a system of treating diseases, largely employing natural agencies, such as air, water, sunshine, etc., and rejecting the use of drugs and medicines naturopathic [nā΄chərə path′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Naturopathy — Alternative medical systems Acupuncture · Anthroposophic medicine · Ayurveda · Chiropractic  …   Wikipedia

  • naturopathy — /nætʃəˈrɒpəθi/ (say nachuh ropuhthee) noun 1. a system of treating disease and disorders in humans based on promoting the body s own natural defences, especially by use of herbs, natural foods, massage, exercise and sunlight. 2. a similar method… …  

  • naturopathy — UK [ˌneɪtʃəˈrɒpəθɪ] / US [ˌneɪtʃəˈrɑpəθɪ] noun [uncountable] a system of medical treatment that treats illnesses by natural methods such as exercise and controlling the food you eat. Naturopathy is a form of complementary medicine. Derived word:… …   English dictionary

  • naturopathy — noun Date: 1901 a system of treatment of disease that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the use of natural agents (as air, water, and herbs) and physical means (as tissue manipulation and electrotherapy) • naturopath noun • naturopathic… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • naturopathy — naturopath /nay cheuhr euh path , nach euhr /, n. naturopathic, adj. /nay cheuh rop euh thee, nach euh /, n. a system or method of treating disease that employs no surgery or synthetic drugs but uses special diets, herbs, vitamins, massage, etc …   Universalium

  • naturopathy — noun A system of therapy that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the use of natural remedies (air, water, heat, sunshine) and physical means (massage, electrical treatment) to treat illness …   Wiktionary

  • Naturopathy — A system of therapy based on preventative care, and on the use of heat, water, light, air, and massage as primary therapies for disease. Some naturopaths use no medications, either pharmaceutical or herbal. Some recommend herbal remedies only. A… …   Medical dictionary

  • naturopathy — na|tur|op|a|thy [ ,neıtʃə rapəθi ] noun uncount the system of medical treatment that treats illnesses by controlling the food you eat and using exercise, rather than by using drugs …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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