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Homeopathy is a systematic method of stimulating the body’s vital force to heal. First presented by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1810, the word “homeopathy” derives from the Greek “omeos”, meaning “similar”, and “pathos”, meaning “suffering”. In essence, then the basis of this therapy is the use of remedies that assist the body in healing itself.
The remedies used in homeopathy consist of very dilute, potentized concentrations of glandulars, herbs, and minerals that, in high doses, produce the same symptoms as those seen in the patient. In their therapeutic form (often a 1:100,000 dilution of the original substance), they act to specifically stimulate the body to respond to illness or injury, and alleviate the symptoms.
When prescribed by trained individuals, homeopathy is an extremely safe and gentle form of therapy that can have immediate and profound effects. In acute conditions, homeopathic remedies may be administered every few hours; in chronic cases, 2 or 3 times daily may suffice.