The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering or disease. Homeopathy (“home-ee-AH-pah-thy”) is a form of health care that developed in Germany and has been practiced in the United States since the early 19th century. Homeopathy is an alternative medical system built upon a complete system of theory and practice. Homeopathy takes a different approach from conventional medicine in diagnosing, classifying, and treating medical problems.
Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness. Treatment involves giving very small doses of substances called remedies that, according to homeopathy, would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in healthy people if they were given larger doses.
Treatment in homeopathy is individualized (tailored to each person). Homeopathic practitioners select remedies according to a total picture of the patient, including not only physical symptoms but lifestyle, emotional and mental states, and other factors as well.