Homeopathy is an alternative medical approach that relies on the body’s self-healing mechanisms. This therapeutic form originated with the German physician Samuel Hahnemann and is based on the principle of similarity. In homeopathy (derived from the Greek “similar suffering”), an illness is treated with a small amount of a natural substance that, when administered in larger doses to a healthy person, produces symptoms similar to those characteristic of a specific disease. This “similarity rule” forms one of the three fundamental principles of homeopathy, along with “drug proving” (knowledge of symptoms a substance can evoke in a healthy individual) and “potentization” (strong dilution combined with vigorous agitation or trituration).

The active substances used are of plant, mineral, or animal origin and are mainly administered in the form of globules, but can also be in drops or tablets.