Homeopathy is a therapeutic system that has been used for over 200 years. The term homeopathy comes from the Greek works homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering or disease. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the second largest therapeutic system in the world.
Samuel Hahneman, a German physician developed homeopathy. Homeopathy may be defined as the therapeutic method of symptom-similarity. The recognition of this law was there even before Hahnemann. Paracelus, Hippocrates, and ancient ayurvedic texts have also mentioned this law.
It is based on two principles-the first being ‘like cures like’. In other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it were taken in large amounts. The second principle, that only the ‘minimum dose’ should be employed is based on the understanding that the stimulus of the medicine works from within the vitality and is not imposed from the outside. Only enough is given to initiate the healing process, which it then carries on by itself.