Homeopathy is based on the theory that “like cures like”. It means that a substance causing particular signs in large dosages will treat symptoms if managed with a much diluted dosage by means of stimulating the natural curative response of the body. Homeopathic medications are individualized to every patient. Before administering the medicine, a homeopath thinks about the lifestyle of the person, nutrition and mental and emotional stresses, and also specific symptoms.
Homeopathy was developed in 1700s by Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor and physicist. After extensive experimentation and studies, Hahnemann formulated the 3 main principles of homeopathy:
- Like cures like; the Law of Similars
- A substance becomes more potent if it is more diluted; the law of the Infinitesimal Dose or Potentization
- Every sickness is specific to a patient, which indicates that different patients having similar symptoms may have different treatments