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Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago and has been practiced in North America since the early 19th century. Homeopathy is used for wellness and prevention and to treat many diseases and conditions.

The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering or disease. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself by giving very small doses of highly diluted substances. This therapeutic method was developed by German physician Samuel Christian Hahnemann at the end of the 18th century. Hahnemann articulated two main principles:

• The principle of similars (or "like cures like") states that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people. This idea, which can be traced back to Hippocrates, was further developed by Hahnemann after he repeatedly ingested cinchona bark, a popular treatment for malaria, and found that he developed the symptoms of the disease. Hahnemann theorized that if a substance could cause disease symptoms in a healthy person, small amounts could cure a sick person who had similar symptoms.
 
• The principle of dilutions or the law of minimum dose states that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. In homeopathy, substances are diluted in a stepwise fashion and shaken vigorously between each dilution. This process, referred to as "potentization," is believed to transmit information or energy from the original substance to the final diluted remedy. Most homeopathic remedies are so dilute that no molecules of the organic substance remain; however, in homeopathy, it is believed that the substance has left its imprint or "essence," which stimulates the body to heal itself .This theory is called the "memory of water".

Homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals. Some common remedies include red onion, arnica (mountain herb), euphrasia and stinging nettle plant.

Classical homeopathy often uses one remedy at a time to treat acute and chronic conditions. As homeopathic medicine evolved in the 20th & 21st centuries several remedies were combined to treat disease and to facilitate drainage on a deep cellular level. The essence of homeopathy is to create balance within the body allowing the function of the organ systems to return to homeostasis, inverse to disease where the organ systems have lost or degraded their function. When there is balance there can be no pathology.

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