What is Homeopathy

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What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a therapeutic science of symptom similarity based on the axiom of “Like Cures Like”. It is placed as part of healthcare system of many countries being alternative, complementary or mainstream system of medicine. It was founded in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathy is a therapeutic system of medicine based on the philosophy of like cures like. Homeopathy is a form of holistic system of medicine, wherein the individual is given advantage over disease. It has gained a substantial popularity all over world due to its clinical efficacy, and scientific basis.

Official Recognition

  • Homeopathy is currently practiced in over 80 countries, and has legal recognition as an individual system of medicine in 42 countries and is recognized as a part of complementary and alternative medicine in 28 countries [Ref].
  • It is officially recognized and integrated in the healthcare system of India, having largest number of practicing homeopaths and biggest infrastructure of homeopathy.

What are the sources of Homeopathic Medicines?

  • Homeopathic medicines are prepared from natural substances like plants, minerals, animals and also from various other sources like chemicals, radiations etc. [Ref]
  • These medicines are prepared by a special technique called potentization in which the original substance is diluted and energized in a stepwise manner. [Ref], [Ref]

How does it Act?

  • The homeopathic practice takes into account the holistic approach towards a diseased individual, and involves holistic approach to manage/cure it.
  • Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body’s natural, self-healing power to repair and heal itself.
  • Homeopathy has proven to be safe for every age group, and may also be used safely in babies, women and elderly.
  • There are various research studies that indicate that homeopathic remedies are safe and non-toxic.

Please also see, “Science Behind Homeopathy (How Homeopathy Works)”

Types of homeopathic treatments

In Homeopathy a patient is dealt in following ways:

  • Cure
  • Relief
  • Management
  • Palliation

Applicability of Homeopathy

  • Homeopathy has been able to treat various common clinical conditions and also a proven role in various subclinical conditions [Ref], [Ref], [Ref], [Ref]
  • It is also used to improve quality of life in patients suffering from incurable and terminal illnesses as a complementary and add on therapy.

Research in Homeopathy

Homeopathy is gaining popularity

Famous people who have been known to use homeopathic medicines include David Beckham, Usain Bolt, Cher, Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Monica Bellucci, Prince Charles, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Charles Dickens, W.B. Yeats, William Thackeray, Benjamin Disraeli, Pope Pius X, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, William Lloyd Garrison, Daniel Webster, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Seward, artist Jackson Pollock, W.C. Fields, and former American Presidents James Garfield and William McKinley.

 

Other Resources and Links

Homeopathy: Science of Gentle Healing by Central Council for Research in Homeopathy.

The Snooks: About Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy by British Homeopathic Association

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