The guiding principle of Homeopathy is stated as “similar cures similar,” similia similibus curentur. The notion of “similar curing similar” dates back to the Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), but it was German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who first codified this principle into a system of medicine. Beginning with experiments on himself, Dr. Hahnemann administered diluted medicinal substances to healthy volunteers. Symptoms that developed in the healthy individuals while taking the specific substances gave the homeopathic “picture” of, and indications for, that remedy. Over the years, by means of these “provings”, toxicological data, and clinical experience, the homeopathic drug pictures of over 2000 substances have been determined, and more continue to be determined every year.
In the practice of Homeopathic Medicine, a detailed, comprehensive interview of the patient, called the homeopathic intake, is undertaken to reveal the physical, psychological, and emotional characteristics and complaints of that individual. The homeopathic practitioner then finds the homeopathic remedy whose symptom picture is the most similar to that of the patient’s. That remedy is then given to the patient to stimulate his/herself to heal.