Homeopathy is a whole medical system that originated in Germany over two hundred years ago. The fundamental idea of homeopathy is the Similarity Principle, which implies that substances capable of causing disorder in healthy subjects are used as medicines to treat similar patterns of disorder experienced by ill people.
Homeopathic medicines are aimed to direct and stimulate the body’s self-regulatory mechanisms. Classical homeopathy is highly individualized while taking into account the symptoms and signs of the disease, the patient’s physical build, personality, temperament, and genetic predispositions. Apart from homeopathic medication, advice on change of lifestyle, diet and substance-abuse behaviors, acquisition of stress-reduction techniques and exercise are part of the package of care. [taken from CAM 2020 – The contribution of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to sustainable healthcare in Europe]
Prevalence of Homeopathy in Europe
Homeopathic medicine is the most common form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Europe with over 50,000 practitioners. It’s effectiveness, low risk of side effects, and reasonable prescription costs make it an attractive and viable alternative medicine to include under national health care schemes.