This powerful system of medicine is more than 200 years old and is used worldwide by hundreds of millions of people to effectively treat both acute and chronic disease. The use of homeopathic remedies is inexpensive and non-toxic and particularly effective in treating chronic illnesses that fail to respond to conventional treatments. Homeopathy is also a superb method of self-care for treating minor conditions such as the common cold and flu.
The word homeopathy derives from the Greek word "homoios" meaning similar and "pathos" meaning suffering. Homeopathic medications are generally dilutions of natural substances from plants, minerals and animals. Based on the principle that "like cures like", these remedies specifically match an individual's symptom pattern and function by stimulating the body's natural healing response. The FDA recognizes homeopathic remedies as official medications and regulates their manufacturing, labeling and dispensing. Homeopathic remedies also have their own compendium, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, first published in 1897.