Naturopathy vs Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine where a Homeopath will concentrate their years of study and practice on one medical system, homeopathic medicines.

Naturopathic practitioners study and practice many natural treatments, such as natural supplements, vitamins, herbs, homeopathy and dietary adjustments.  They may treat a patient with all of these treatments.

There are four fundamental laws of homeopathy.  The laws of similar, Single remedy, minimum dose, and direction of cure.

Law of Similars refers to the fact that any substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person, is capable of curing similar symptoms occurring in a sick person.

A good example of the laws of similars is when we chop or cut into an onion, we can produce watery eyes and a runny nose.  These same symptoms can appear in someone suffering from hay fever or a cold.  A dose of Allium Cepa (A homeopathic remedy made from the red onion) would be given to relieve those symptoms.

Hahnemann discovered the laws of similar back in 1790 when he took a strong dose of cinchona bark.  At this time there was a large outbreak of malaria.  What he discovered after taking this strong dose was that he was having the same symptoms of the sick with malaria.

The remedies carry the energetic information of the original substance into the body to activate their body’s natural immune system and stimulate a healing response. 

Another principle of homeopathy is the use of a Single Remedy.  The homeopathic remedy works by stimulating the vital force and the remedy is chosen is the one that closely matches the symptoms of the disease.  The totality of the patient’s symptoms is matched to the disease picture of the remedy. 

If one was to take a multiple remedy product, if it doesn’t work, try something else. But if it does work, how can the individual know which of the many remedies in the product is the one that worked?

The third law, Minimum Dose, states that one should take the smallest dose to nudge one’s vital force to start the healing process. This allows a practitioner to ease the individual into the healing process.

Hahnemann believed that healing should be “rapid, gently and permanent.

If one uses the Minimum Dose standard, improvement may take a little longer. But one can increase the dosage far more readily and with less disruption than one can step back a dosage.

The fourth fundamental law of homeopathy describes the Direction of Cure. As a person starts to get healthier, a pattern of healing shows itself.  The first healing works its way down the body from head to foot.  The second healing works from inside to the outside, from major organ to minor organ.  Then a reversal of symptoms. 

The first three directions follow a path of down and out.  The fourth direction, as the patient’s ailments are relieved, we may see older or previously suppressed symptoms reappear. For example, a patient suffering from migraines, is resolved but then starts to have knee problems, that they previously experienced years earlier.

These four fundamental laws – Similars, Single Remedy, Minimum Dose and Direction of Cure – are the philosophical framework for homeopathy.  These laws allow one to use homeopathy for healing as Samuel Hahnemann believed it should be: “rapid, gentle and permanent.”

How does Homeopathy differ from conventional medicine?

Conventional medicine or also known as allopathic meaning “other suffering”, seeks to control the symptoms of a condition or illness.

For example, a hay fever sufferer is given an antihistamine to artificially dry up their runny nose and watery eyes. The symptoms may be controlled, but often there are unpleasant side effects like sleepiness and constipation from this kind of medicine.

The homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s natural way to restore your system back to normal healthy self.  They will look for any underlying problem that may be causing the symptoms.  Trying to find the root cause.  Homeopathy recognizes that each person manifest their own unique symptoms.  That is why two people with the same disease may not necessarily receive the same homeopathic remedy.

Is Homeopathy covered by health insurance?

Your health insurance may cover part or all of your visits to a homeopathic doctor but it will depend on the insurer and their coverage package. Sometimes homeopathy has the same status as chiropractic or massage therapy care. You also can claim your consultations on your income tax returns.

As a recognized and regulated health care profession in Ontario, we hope that in time most plans will have coverage.

If your insurance provider does not cover homeopathic care, you can send a letter like the one below to request coverage. To download the letter, click the title below.

Sample Insurance Request Letter (download)


Dear Insurer:

I am currently seeking homeopathic treatment for my health concerns. It is my understanding that many insurance companies recognize the therapeutic benefits of homeopathic medicine in the treatment of many conditions and in preventative health care. Homeopathy is now a regulated profession in Ontario and thus has the same status as other complimentary health care modalities under the Regulated Health Professions Act. The homeopath that is currently treating me is a registered member with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

(Put name of your insurance company here) only provides coverage for homeopathy that is practiced by naturopaths. It is important to note that naturopaths use a wide variety of natural treatments; homeopathy may be one of them. Naturopaths receive a basic training in homeopathic medicine as part of their educational requirements. By comparison, homeopaths have undertaken extensive training in homeopathic medicine, far exceeding the training of naturopaths.  It does not make sense to deny access to those professionals most highly trained to practice homeopathy.

I would like my choice of seeking homeopathic treatment to be fully recognized by your company.  Under homeopathic treatment, my drug bills and visits to allopathic physicians have been reduced. Homeopathic treatment will mean lower costs to all concerned and a higher level of overall health.  Homeopaths encourage and support a health-enhancing lifestyle. Therefore, long-term results will be both beneficial and cost effective for the insurer and the Ontario health care system.

I thank you for your consideration and hope to hear that you are considering this as part of the benefits for your members.


(Your name)

Who Can Use Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is safe and effective for infants all the way up to the elderly and everyone in between.

It is a simple and cost effective way to boost your immune system.  Both acute and chronic conditions are treatable with homeopathy. Some people may learn how to treat simple conditions with homeopathy however more chronic conditions should be treated by an experienced homeopath.  Some of these conditions for example are hormonal imbalances, joint pain, migraines, etc.