Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic medicine emerged as an alternative to conventional medicine when founded in 1796 by a German doctor and chemist, Samuel Hahnemann, who became discouraged with the practice of routine health care. Hahnemann believed that homeopathic medicine provided a new kind of treatment which focused on the cause of illness, not simply at eliminating its symptoms and believed overall health could be maintained through a healthy diet, regular exercise, fresh air and taking small quantities of naturally occurring substances such as vitamins or root extracts.

Homeopathic medicine is based on the three underlying principles of; the law of similars, single medicine and the law of infinitesimals. The law of similars states that a disease can be cured by giving an affected person small quantities of a substance which causes the onset of symptoms in an otherwise healthy person; in another words, small quantities of the disease will help to rid the body of the illness. Single medicine is the belief that one remedy should treat the entire person rather that treating each symptom individually. The law of infinitesimals is the general rule of giving an individual the smallest possible effective dose of a treatment to minimize the potential for harmful side effects. Overall, homeopathic medicine takes an integrative, holistic approach and utilizes small amounts of herbal and medicinal substances which are thought to produce some of the symptoms the patient is already suffering from which, according to the law of similars, is thought to shorten the lifespan of the disease.

The resurgence in popularity that homeopathic medicine has experienced since the 1980’s is largely due to people who undergo routine conventional care but also supplement their nutrition and lifestyle with homeopathic remedies thought to maintain wellness. This multi disciplined approach utilizes medical technology to aid in diagnosis and treatment of a disease or injury while borrowing from the principles of homeopathic medicine for prevention, wellness and overall health.

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