Homeopathy is one of the more recent developments in alternative health care. It is based upon theory of “similars” developed in the 18th century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann.
Hahnemann believed that by administering highly diluted tinctures derived from herbs, minerals, and other ingredients, the body would heal itself of diseases that had symptoms similar to those caused by the medicines.
The Consumer’s Guide to Homeopathy is a comprehensive study of homeopathy. The emphasis here is on research, with much of the book given to discussions of scientific studies and professional procedures, including a detailed appendix of homeopathic resources, books, software, organizations, etc. Although there is information on the use of homeopathic medicines in the treatment of specific conditions, the book’s format is geared toward consumer education.
It answers the most common questions asked about homeopathic medicine, including myths and misconceptions, describes what to look for when choosing a homeopathic physician, and provides readers with information necessary to make intelligent choices about their treatment.
The information is presented in a very accessible way, perfect for anyone interested in trying the medications for themselves. The emphasis here is on home treatment, with fully half of the book dedicated to pictorial descriptions of the remedies used, as well as 100 pages of symptoms charts used to determine which remedies may be most beneficial.