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Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine. It is based on the belief that a special energy called "vital energy" guides bodily functions such as metabolism, reproduction and growth.[1] Naturopaths mostly use holistic forms of treatment. They generally avoid the use of surgery and drugs. Many naturopaths reject modern science.

The term "naturopathy" comes from Greek and Latin. It means "nature disease".[2] Modern naturopathy developed from the Natural Cure movement in Europe.[3][4]

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  1. Sarris, Jerome; Wardle, Jon (2010). Clinical Naturopathy: An evidence-based guide to practice. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone / Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 32–36. ISBN 9780729579261. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  2. "Naturopathy: An Introduction". National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services. March 2012 [created April 2007]. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  3. Brown, P.S. (April 1, 1988). "Nineteenth-century American health reformers and the early nature cure movement in Britain". Medical History 32 (2): 174–194. PMC 1139856. PMID 3287059. 
  4. Langley, Stephen. "History of Naturopathy". College of Naturopathic Medicine website. UK.

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