Homeopathy comes from the Greek words - homoeo (similar) and pathos (suffering). This system of medicine attempts to stimulate the body to recover itself. Homeopathy seeks to correct 'like with like'. Samuel Hahnemann described this principle by using a Latin phrase Similia Similibus Curentur, which means, "Let likes cure likes." While this system of medicine has been around for about 200 years, it is receiving considerable attention now as a popular form of alternative medicine.
Homeopathic medicines seek to recognize and remove the underlying cause for the symptoms. While conventional medicines try to suppress a symptom such as cough or fever, homeopathy seeks to look for remedies that will cause similar symptoms in a healthy person. Conventional medicine seeks to dry up the mucus, reduce the histamine level and aid in comfortable sleep. Homeopathy medicine will differ for persons suffering for a barking cough or dry cough in the evenings.
Homeopathic medicines appear to be small white sugar pills. The medicines are usually alcohol-based or can be diluted in water. Most of the homeopathy medicines are derived from vegetable and plant materials. They are prepared in concentrated form and then undergo a process of dilution to a potency that is sufficient as treatment for a particular ailment.
Potentization is a process of diluting the homeopathic medicine in alcohol or lactose so as to make it more palatable. A homeopathy medicine is more effective and powerful as it gets diluted. This is because homeopathy medicine is based on the premise that dilution enhances the curative properties of a substance.
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