homeopathy[hō′mē äp′ə t̸hē]
The definition of homeopathy is an alternative medical treatment that uses small doses of natural substances to stimulate the body's immune system and natural healing ability to fight the illness.
How It Works
Given the correct environmental factors such as nutrition, herbs and supplements, our bodies are designed to heal themselves when ailments or diseases occur.
- Utilizes natural substances from plants, animals and minerals in minute quantities to stimulate the body’s immune system to cure problems or ills.
- Chooses substances that, when given to a healthy person in larger quantities, will cause symptoms similar to those experienced by the patient.
- Deals with the whole person when determining a course of treatment. Information regarding a patient's genetic links and family histories are obtained, as well as current physical, mental and emotional symptoms
Benefits of Homeopathy
- Natural substances and the minute amounts administered seldom yield side effects.
- Personalized approach provides a holistic approach - mind, body and spirit - to illness that may offer better results in the overall treatment and response of the patient.
- An example of homeopathy is taking tablets specific to your illness purchased from a health food store.
- An example of homeopathy is giving substances that, when given to a healthy person in larger quantities, will cause symptoms similar to those experienced by the patient.
- An example of homeopathy is using red onion, mountain herb and stinging nettle as substances in some homeopathic remedies.
- An example of homeopathy is "potentizing" which is the dilution of a more concentrated solution of the substance. In most remedies, the dilutions produce a solution that no longer contains any of the original substance.
Origin of homeopathyGerman homöopathie, literally , likeness of feeling (see homeo- and amp; -pathy): coined (c. 1800) by (Christian Friedrich) Samuel Hahnemann
- ho′me·o·path′ , ho′me·op′a·thist
- A system of treating diseases with small amounts of substances which, in larger amounts, would produce the observed symptoms.