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Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine. It generally eschews the use of surgery and pharmaceuticals in favor of what practitioners feel are natural approaches, such as acupuncture, the use of herbs, and homeopathy. They believe that most diseases are self-resolving through a combination of healthy living and good diet.
Naturopathy started during the 1970s and the approach is occasionally used by physicians, but most practitioners have no medical training. However, several U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions regulate the practice of naturopathy. It is often criticized for it's opposition to vaccination and its promises to treat and cure diseases that usually require intensive medical treatment, such as cancer and diabetes.