A therapeutic system of medicine that is based on the principle of similars – like cures like – which means that a substance that can cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person.
Homeopathy aims to aid and stimulate the body’s own defense and immune processes – healing power by introducing tiny doses of natural substances that should trigger a person?s body to correct itself naturally.
Homeopathic medicines are derived from a variety of plants, animal materials and minerals.
These medicines are prescribed to fit each individual’s needs, given in much smaller and less toxic doses than traditional medications, and are used for both prevention and treatment.
Established 200 years ago by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, and is recognized by the World Health Organization as the second largest therapeutic system in the world.
Naturopathic physicians and other trained homeopaths have led a resurgence of this therapy in the United States in the last decade, and is widely practiced throughout Europe.
In US, the manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines are regulated by the FDA. Homeopathic medicines were recognized as official drugs by a Congressional act in 1938.