Naturopathy is a care system that combines natural therapeutic traditions with modern science to restore health using natural approaches and the least invasive method of treatment. The word “naturopathy” was coined in 1892 to describe a system that uses natural therapeutics. It is based on the concept of the healing power of nature. In the US, naturopathic medicine traces its origins to Dr. Benedict Lust,who founded the first naturopathic college, the Yungborn Health Institute in New Jersey. Nowadays, Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary care physicians who have attended a four-year naturopathic medical school, are clinically trained, and work in all aspects of family health.
Naturopathy integrates the use of natural healing methods, which include botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, manipulative therapy, acupuncture and lifestyle counselling.
Some treatments from a naturopath include:
Hydrotherapy (water therapy) — These therapies include drinking natural spring water, taking baths, alternating hot and cold applications, and water exercise, all of which are thought to stimulate healing and strengthen the immune system.
Physical medicine — This natural approach to healing involves using touch, hot and cold compresses, electric currents, and sound waves to manipulate the muscles, bones, and spine.
Detoxification — This therapy removes toxins from the body by fasting, using enemas, and drinking lots of water.
Lifestyle and psychological counseling
 Source: Naturopathy | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/naturopathy#ixzz3jfMXFiQM
NIH, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Chiropractic”.
www.naturopathic.org. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.