Definitions for naturopathyˌneɪ tʃəˈrɒp ə θi, ˌnætʃ ə-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
na•tur•op•a•thyˌneɪ tʃəˈrɒp ə θi, ˌnætʃ ə-(n.)
a method of treating disease that employs no surgery or synthetic drugs but uses fasting, special diets, massage, etc., to assist the natural healing processes.
Category: Holistic Medicine and Spiritualism
Origin of naturopathy:
a method of treating disease using food and exercise and heat to assist the natural healing process
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.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A drugless system of therapy, making use of physical forces such as air, light, water, heat, massage, etc. Treatments are often diet- and nutrition-oriented with attention given to the patient's personal history and lifestyle. (From Cassileth, Alternative Medicine Handbook, 1998, p329)