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Updated July 26, 2009

Definition:

Homeopathic techniques, based in the belief system known as homeopathy, are a controversial alternative to traditional medicine. Formally introduced in the 18th century, homeopathic medicine is actually an older form of treatment that predates modern medical knowledge.

Homeopathic techniques are based on several concepts, the most important of which is “the law of similars.”

This is an ancient belief based on the concepts of sympathetic magic, in which like attracts like. Homeopathic practitioners believe that disease is caused by an imbalance of various life forces. Inducing symptoms similar to those of the disease will stimulate the body to react more strongly against those symptoms, expelling the original disease.

Homeopathic techniques are extremely complicated, and practitioners study for years to understand the complicated balance of remedies. Many homeopathic medications are considered safe by today’s standards, but some are not.

Additionally, homeopathic remedies have not undergone rigorous double blind testing for safety and efficacy. Therefore, they are not regulated by the FDA and the full effects of homeopathic remedies are not entirely understood.

Should you decide to undergo homeopathic treatment, it is extremely important that you work closely with both a homeopathic specialist and a medical doctor. It is easy to do more harm than good, particularly if you suffer from any underlying medical conditions.

Pronunciation: home-ee-op-a-thee
Also Known As: homeopathic remedies, homeopathic techniques, homeopathy
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