Is acupuncture a type of naturopathy?

Acupuncture is a kind of treatment commonly practiced by naturopaths. Many naturopathic physicians recommend acupuncture. Some states license naturopaths to provide this treatment.

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
Acupuncture is not a type of naturopathy. It is a practice with ancient roots that uses needles to stimulate energy paths or meridians of the body to improve the flow of energy or chi and restore balance and health to the body.

Naturopathy is a health system that utilizes many alternative therapies to enable the body to heal.  These may include nutrition, exercise, herbal remedies, homeopathy and acupuncture.  

Continue Learning about Acupuncture

The Power of Acupuncture
The Power of Acupuncture
You may not like the idea of being needled, but acupuncture has been a go-to therapy for over 5,000 years. And this Chinese healing art, which uses ha...
Read More
Can acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine help treat lupus?
Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAcMaoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Unfortunately, lupus is relatively new and not fully understood. Also, autoimmune conditions lik...
More Answers
What is an acupuncture needle?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
An acupuncture needle is a stainless steel needle that is slightly thicker than a human hair. Acupun...
More Answers
How Do the Results of an Acupuncture Face Lift Compare to Surgery?
How Do the Results of an Acupuncture Face Lift Compare to Surgery?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.