Homeopathy uses natural substances in micro-doses to relieve symptoms by stimulating the natural ability of the body to rebalance and heal itself. Homeopathic medicines are used to treat many acute health conditions. Homeopathic medicines are therapeutically active micro-doses of mineral, botanical and biological substances. Today, homeopathy is used by millions of patients worldwide and is recommended by over 400,000 health care professionals.
The history of homeopathy begins with the discoveries of its founder Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician. Hahnemann first coined the word "homeopathy" ("homoios" in Greek meanssimilar
, "pathos" meanssuffering
) to refer to the pharmacological principle, the law of similars, that is its basis. Actually, the law of similars was previously described by Hippocrates and Paracelsus and was utilized by many cultures, including the Mayans, Chinese, Greeks, Native American Indians, and Asian Indians, but it was Hahnemann who codified the law of similars into a systematic medical science.
Like other over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, homeopathic medicines are presented either as single medicinces (containing only one active ingredient) or as speciality medicines (containing multiple active ingredients to relieve the most common symptoms of a particular condition). Homeopathic medicines are available in a variety of dosage forms such as tablets, suppositories, eye drops, gels, creams, ointments and liquids.
VitaScript's professional staff and related medical physicians work with patients and clients on the proper recommnedations and effective use of homeopathic medicines. Feel free to contact us with any questions or your interest in homeopathy and homeopathic medicines.
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A Condensed History of Homeopathy
Dana Ulman, MPH