Naturopathy—also called naturopathic medicine—is a medical system that has evolved from a combination of traditional practices and health care approaches popular in Europe during the 19th century.

Guided by a philosophy that emphasizes the healing power of nature, naturopathic practitioners now use a variety of traditional and modern therapies. Practitioners view their role as supporting the body’s inherent ability to maintain and restore health, and prefer to use treatment approaches they consider to be the most natural and least invasive.