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Running head HOMEOPATHY Theory of Homeopathy Abstract A large portion of the United States population believes that alternative approaches to health care are less evasive and more effective than so-called Western medicine This report looks at the efficacy of homeopathy As this therapy moves into the mainstream there is a need for doctors and nurses to understand its benefits and possible adverse effects Theory of Homeopathy Homeopathy is a type of medical treatment that is based on the theory of treating certain diseases with very small doses of drugs that in a healthy person and in large doses would produce symptoms like those of the disease Webster 1982 From the transcripts of Talk of the Nation National Public Radio the question ofWhat is Homeopathy was asked to Dr Judith Reichenberg-Ullman She is naturopathic physician board certified in homeopathic medicine president of the International Foundation for Homeopathy and author of Homeopathic Self-Care Her reply was Its an approach that treats the whole person and it uses the law of similars which means that we use the same substance which would cause symptoms in a person in a healthy person to treat those same symptoms in a person who has them Homeopathy is one of the fastest growing areas of alternative medicine Homeopathic remedies are sold in pharmacies over the counter although some homeopathic drugs can be obtained by prescription only Since homeopathy is attracting more interest and therefore an ever-increasing number of patients it is also appealing to a large and quickly growing number of practitioners as well Some of these are medical doctors who are frustrated by what they view as the limitations of conventional medicine These professionals who are utilizing homeopathy as an alternative medical treatment to offer their clients are seeking methods that emphasize treating the entire patient as opposed to focusing on just the illness as conventional medicine tends to do Homeopathy closes the distance between healer and patient A gap that
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