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Background on Homeopathy
In 1796, a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered an effective approach to healing the sick which he called homeopathy, from the Greek meaning "similar suffering". Like Hippocrates two thousand years earlier, he realized that there were two ways of treating illness: the way of "opposites" and the way of "similars". Take for example, the plant Ipecac, which is used in hospitals and poison centres in its crude form to induce vomiting. Homeopathically we may use Ipecac in its dilute form to stop vomiting. In order to achieve a cure we must match the symptoms presented by a sick individual with the symptoms that a remedy can produce in a healthy individual. The symptoms must be similar.

Homeopathy was introduced to North America in 1826 and quickly gained enormous popularity in Canada and the United States. By 1844, homeopaths had organized the American Institute of Homeopathy, America's first national medical society. It was not until three years later that the American Medical Association was formed. By the late nineteenth century, one out of every six physicians was a homeopath. The resurgence of interest in homeopathic medicine expresses a desire from the general public for alternative health care.
The International Academy of Homeopathy Inc. and the Homeopathic College of Canada are proud to be part of the re-emergence of alternative medicine and homeopathy in North America. The time has come for homeopathic medicine to be taught, practised and experienced as the art and science of comprehending the totality of the human body and its emotional and spiritual expressions.




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