Unfortunately, the sound of the word “homeopathy” often gets in the way of understanding its true meaning. The German word, Homöopathie, is often confusing once it’s translated into the English word, “homeopathy.” The mistake arises in the prefix “homo.” In English, “home” leads some to believe that it must mean home remedies or folk medicine. From this, people suppose that homeopathy must incorporate the use of herbs, food supplements, vitamins or other holistic methods.
The word, “homeopathy” is based on two Greek words, homo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning, disease.
Its underlying principle is known as the “Law of Similars“, established by Samuel Hahnemann in the eighteenth century. It states that any substance which can cause symptoms when given to a healthy person, can also heal those same symptoms in a person who is not well.
The “Law of Similars” is not a new concept. In the fourth century, Hippocrates wrote, “Through the like, disease is produced and through the application of the like, it is cured.”
After years of work and countless experiments, Hahnemann established his hypothesis to be true. Thus the “Law of Similars” is not a theory. Instead, it is shown to be a resounding law of nature or a biological law that can be proven again and again without failure.