Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself by giving very small doses of highly diluted substances that in larger doses would produce illness or symptoms - "like cures like" principle.
Homeopathy is a Greek word ‘homeos’ means similar and ‘pathos’ means suffering. These two words put together give a single term that implies ‘like suffering’. This word combination defines the basic homeopathy principle of ‘like cures like’. It means treat an illness with a natural substance, which could produce similar symptoms in a healthy person.
On the other hand, the word “Allopathic” derived from the Greek words allows meaning “opposite” and pathos meaning “diseases” or “suffering.” Thus, allopathic medicine means to treat with a drug that produces an effect opposite to the disease or suffering.
Hippocratic tradition of "First, does no harm" is the base over which homeopathy developed.
Dr. Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann
In 1796 German physician, Dr. Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann introduced and systematized Homeopathy as a distinct eco-friendly medical system and named this new system of medicine as “homeopathy” in 1807.
He born in Germany on 10 April 1755 midnight and died in France on 2 July 1843. He discovered the homeopathic principle of similar in 1790 and published it in 1796. He got M.D. with honors in conventional medicine (or orthodox medicine) from University of Erlangen, Germany. He practiced conventional medicine from 1779-1784. In late 1781, he was appointed as Medical Officer of Health for Gommern near Magdeburg for one year. He realized his own school of medicine was brutal.
From Germany homeopathy spreads to Austria in 1816 and then to rest of the Europe. 10 April is celebrating as World Homeopathy Day; birth date of Dr. Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, the founder and father of Homeopathy. His birth week from 10th to 16 April every year is celebrating as World Homeopathy Awareness Week.
Homeopathic view of illness or disease
The concept of disease in homeopathy is considering as a disturbance of the whole organism. The specific organs are not the cause of illness (disease); instead, disturbance of the life force (vital energy) of the body is the cause of illness. Homeopathy treats the patient as a whole and not just the disease. Homeopathy believes in totalistic and individualistic approach.
How Homeopathy defines health?
Health is not merely an absence of disease; instead, a state of equilibrium of vital energy that holds the constitution in harmony. Health is defining as a physically painless, mentally clearer without confusion, and emotionally calm. Homeopathy defines health, medicine and vital force as dynamic entities. Sign of people with good health is refreshing sleep.
Homeopathic view of Cure (Healing)
Homeopathic cure define as a rapid, gentle and permanent health restoration in a reliable and most harmless way within its comprehensive principles. Cure means the recovery of stability of the physical, mental and emotional norms.