“What is Homeopathy?”

“Homeopathy is a system of medicine that uses extremely diluted doses of natural substances to stimulate the body’s own healing powers.  The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words Homoios (“similar”) and pathos (“suffering” or “sickness).

Homeopathic principles of like treats like, are older than Hippocrates himself, but it wasn’t until German physician and chemist, Samuel Hahnemann, in the early 1800’s perfected the way of administering remedies using dilution and potentization that made homeopathy the successful and useful healing medium of healing we have today.  Homeopathy is practiced world-wide.  In France, one-third of family physicians prescribe Homeopathic medicines; in Germany, 20%.  In Great Britain, members of the Royal Family have been homeopathic patients since the time of Queen Victoria.  And in India, there are 120 homeopathic medical schools.  In America it’s about .05% of the population.

Homeopathy was enormously popular in America during the latter half of the 19th century.  At a time when conventional doctors subjected their patients to bloodletting and leeches and dosed them with a mercury-laden purge, homeopathy was the choice of the elite.  (In the movie Little Women, Beth, when stricken with scarlet fever, is given Belladonna, a common homeopathic remedy.)

The advent of “scientific” medicine in the early 1900’s overshadowed homeopathy, but the recent resurgence of natural medicine has brought this age-old form of healing back to the fore.  In fact, according to the Chain Drug Review, “Homeopathic medicine is regarded as the single fastest-growing category in drug stores.”  Walgreen Company, Thrifty, Payless, and Medicine-Shoppe International have introduced homeopathic remedies at some of their outlets, while Eckerd Corp. carries homeopathic remedies in all its 2,000 stores.

To benefit fully from homeopathy, whether you’re treating yourself or family members, you should first understand its principles and how they differ from conventional forms of healing. One of the main points is it treats the whole person as a unique picture, with all your complaints having a connecting link with one another, which includes, mental tendencies, personality and physical symptoms.”

Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health & Healing
May 1995; Supplement
Homeopathy—New Age, But Not New
By Jan Heimlich, Associate Editor