Introduction to Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a system for the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease.
Homeopathy originated in the late 18th century with the German physician Samuel Hahnemann.
3. Law of Similars (Like Cures Like)
The same substance that in large doses produces the symptoms of an illness, in very minute does cure it.
4. Minimal Dose
A remedy is taken in an extremely dilute form; normally one part of the remedy to around 1,000,000,000,000 parts of water.
5. Single Remedy
No matter how many symptoms are experienced, only one remedy is taken, and that remedy is aimed at all those symptoms.
Homeopathic remedies are generally based on natural ingredients from plants, minerals and animals.
7. Clinical Trials
Homeopathic remedies have been shown to have no measurable effect beyond placebo even though millions of people testify to their effectiveness.
Homeopathic remedies are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the FDA does not evaluate the remedies for safety or effectiveness.
Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. Its growth in popularity in the United States has exceeded 25% a year for the last decade.
10. Whole You
Homeopathy is holistic. It treats all the symptoms as one, which in practical terms means that it addresses the cause, not the symptoms.
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy
- ABC Homeopathy: abchomeopathy.com
- Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide (2nd Edition), John W. Anderson, 2002