What is Homeopathy? - Overview
Homeopathy (a Greek word meaning "similar suffering") is a system of
medicine which treats disease by the use of natural substances that,
when administered to a healthy person in a more crude dose, produce
symptoms similar to the condition for which they are being treated.
When a small, often infinitesimal dose of a substance is
administered to a person who exhibits symptoms of illness, that
substance can stimulate the body's own healing abilities to effect a
deep and long-lasting cure. Homeopathy, according to Samuel
Hahnemann, is based on the law Similia Similibus Curantur, or let
"likes be cured by likes". This postulate, present in the work of
Paracelsus, the father of chemical medicine, was foreseen in ancient
Greece by Hippocrates.
Homeopathy is the fastest growing system of medicine in the world,
and after conventional medicine, the most widely used. In the early
nineteenth century, Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician and the
founder of homeopathy, became frustrated with conventional medical
techniques of his time and developed homeopathy.