Homeopathy

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Homeopathy Homeopathy is an alternative form of medicine which involves treating individuals with “natural” substances at an attempt to trigger the body’s natural method of healing. There are three basic principles of Homeopathy. First, Homeopaths believe in the idea that you can treat “like with like.” Homeopathy contends that substances that produce symptoms in healthy people can cure those symptoms in sick people. The second is the principle of minimum dose which says that extreme dilution enhances the curative properties of a substance, while eliminating any possible side effects. Homeopathic remedies are prepared by highly diluting the substance in water or alcohol, often until none of the original substance remains. Last is the idea that when prescribing a remedy a doctor must study the person as whole. Basically your emotional characteristics and personality might match you with a different treatment then someone is exhibiting identical symptoms. This means there could be countless possible remedies for each person. (ICBS, Inc) The idea of Homeopathy has been around for around 200 years and the supporting evidence is continued to be tested and analyzed. The theory that you can treat “like with like”, or Law of Similars, was developed by Samueal Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy. Hahnemann based this idea off of his study of cinchona bark, which is used to treat malaria. Upon ingesting the substance he experienced symptoms common to malria. Hahnemann then concluded that the drug's power to cure the disease arose from its ability to produce symptoms similar to the disease itself (Barrett). The idea that high dilutions of a substance causes the substance to become more powerful is proven by the scientific claim of the memory of water. This is the assumption that water has the ability to retain a "memory" of…...

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