What Is Homeopathic Medicine?
Based on the theory that the body has the ability to cure itself, homeopathic medicine has been practiced in Europe since the 1700s. Homeopathic medical philosophy can be summed up as “like cures like”—that is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness.
Historically, people have used homeopathy to maintain health and treat a wide range of ailments, such as allergies, skin disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. It is not considered appropriate for chronic illnesses such as cancer or heart disease; nor should it be used for major infections or emergencies. Homeopathic remedies have been regulated in the U.S. since 1938 and are considered to be safe, but be sure to tell your doctor if you’re using one.