Homeopathy :: Homeopathy in healthcare

Health care or healthcare is the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical, nursing, and allied health professions. Homeopathy system has a specific role in healthcare as an alternative system of treatment.

Homeopathy (also spelled homeopathy or homoeopathy) from the Greek words όμοιος, h?moios (similar) and πάθος, p?thos (suffering), is a system of alternative medicine that treats “like with like”, using remedies that it is claimed would, in healthy individuals, produce similar symptoms to those it would treat in an ill patient. Practitioners believe that the potency of a remedy can be increased by systematically diluting the dosage, along with succussion or shaking, to a point where the original ingredient is not present.

Although homeopathy is reported to be “growing in popularity by leaps and bounds,” and “growing in popularity in the United States faster than any other method of alternative healing,” that “sales of homeopathic medicines have grown at a rate of 25-50% per year during the past ten years,” and is “increasingly being endorsed by doctors,” yet it is controversial does not satisfy the scientific standards of evidence-based medicine.

The term “homeopathy” was coined by the Saxon physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843) and first published in 1796.

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