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The History of Homeopathy

The system of healing known as Homeopathy was developed by a German physician, Dr Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. Hanhnemann observed that a substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy person can also then be used to cure those same symptoms in a sick person. Hanhnemann used the term 'Law of Similars' to describe this. Homeopathic remedies are used to stimulate the healing response in the body - to trigger the body's own abilities to heal itself. 

  • Over 200 million people world-wide use Homeopathy on a daily basis (Ref 1).

  • In Europe alone, 40 out of 42 countries use Homeopathy (Ref 2).

  • Over 6 million people in USA use Homeopathy on a regular basis (National Institutes of Health). 

  • Homeopathy is supported by the National Health system in England, Germany, Chile, Cuba, India, Switzerland, Mexico and Pakistan (Ref 3,4, 5)

  1. Prasad R. Homoeopathy booming in India. Lancet, 2007; 370:1679-80.

  2. Homeopathic medicinal products. Commission report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of Directives 92/73 and 92/74, 1997.

  3. Ghosh AK. A short history of the development of homeopathy in India. Homeopathy, 2010;99(2):130-6.

  4. Legal Status of Traditional Medicine and Complementary/Alternative Medicine: A Worldwide Review, World Health Organization, 2001.

  5. Professor Woods of the MHRA, response to Q211, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee hearing of evidence in preparation of Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy report (London: The Stationery Office Limited, 2010).