What is homeopathy and how does it differ from other 'natural' medicine?

I hear natural remedies being referred to as homeopathic, but I remember hearing something a while indicating this is not necessarily so. Could someone clear up exactly what makes a medicine ‘homeopathic’?


  • Zambiti

    Homeopathy is a specific branch of natural medicine. Some people mistakingly refer to it in a manner that takes in herbalism, naturopathy, and other non-invasive supplement based traditional health care methods.

    The best I can do is send you to a great description online. Dr. Cindee says what it is much better than I ever could.

  • anavrin

    Homeopathy is often referred to as a medicinal practice that uses the natural approach. But, I found a reference wherein it states that it is a system of medicine invented by a German physician named Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. This system has three approaches or principles: law of similars, single medicine, and minimum dosage.

    To find more about it go to this web page: http://www.sojourns.org/BigIdeas/definitions.html

  • mistify

    Basically, homeopathy refers to using the body’s own immune system to fight diseases and illness. "Like cures like" is a phrase you will often hear. "Remedies" trigger similar symptoms to trigger the immune response to kick in and fight the disease. Homeopathic remedies contain trace amounts of some type of substance. They are not enough to harm you, but rather kick the immune system into high gear. Therefore, it is your body that is fighting the illness, not the substance.

    Naturopathy, on the other hand, refers to use of "natural" substances that act medicinally to cure an illness. It may be some type of mineral, herb, etc…but it is the substance fighting the illness, not the immune system, per se.

  • Terry

    Homeopathy is a way of treating an illness in which the patient is given very small amounts of a drug that produces signs of the illness in healthy people.

  • old cat lady

    I think Zambiti’s reference will give you good basic information about homeopathy.

    Homeopathy is "holistic" in its approach to treating patients and not all "holistic" practitioners use homeopathy.

    Homeopathy does not use drugs. 60% of the remedies are derived from plants, others from minerals (arsenic) and metals (gold), some from insects (bees for instance).

    Immune system is a modern term, homeopaths refer to stimulating of the vital force in living things which strives to maintain a physical body in a healthy state of homostatis to aid in overcoming disease assaults on the body.

  • keithw8007

    Homoeopathy is a non-toxic system of medicine used to treat illness and relieve discomfort of a wide variety of health conditions. It is practiced by licensed physicians and other qualified prescribers in many regions of the world, including Europe, Asia, the U.K., and the U.S. Information on the use of a few hundred remedies has been collected for nearly two centuries by homoeopathic practitioners, through research studies known as provings, as well as documented clinical cases and recent scientific trials.


    Keith Woolley

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