Homeopathy is an alternative medical system developed in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann. Hahnemann believed that “like cures like” where a substance that would cause the symptoms in a healthy person is administered to cure an illness with similar symptoms in an ill person. There are numerous examples to applying this concept to homeopathy such as:
– Onions are known to cause teary eyes and runny nose and it is used as a homeopathic remedy for common colds and hay fever.
– Atropa belladonna, a toxic plant which—when directly consumed—causes fever as a sign of being toxic to the body. However, it is used as a homeopathic remedy for fevers.
– Substances extracted from bee venom are used as a cure for itchy swellings.
Homeopathic remedies can be extracted from plants, minerals, or animal products. The natural substance goes into a process of repeated dilution until only traces of the original substance remains. These remedies are meant to stimulate the body’s natural defenses and healing powers.
Although Homeopathy is still considered as a pseudoscience and that it is no different from the placebo effect, there is anecdotal evidence that it cures ailments such as:
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome
– Ear Infections
– Insect Bites