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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-88

Homeopathy - A reveiw

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, University of Nigeria teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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Homeopathy is the teaching of the German professor of Medicine, Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1834).[1] It is a systematic science which correctly applies the laws of nature to stimulate the healing energies of the human being. Homeopathic medicine is based on three principles, namely: the law of similars, which states that an agent which produces a disease can also cure that diesease. Secondly, the systematic testing of drugs on healthy persons and thirdly, the applicatation of very small doses. Homeopathy is not limited to certain diseases but is unversally applicable to all diseases. It is under the umbrella of what is called “holistic health”. The basic concept is that each of us is an integrated whole, each of us is a unique individual, whole and complete, functioning as a totality in relation to the universe surrounding us. All states of health or disease must be viewed in this context. To the extent that we deviate from this perspective, we experience disharmony and “dis-ease.” Conversely, the more we live within this principle, the more we enjoy a balanced state of harmony and vitality. In this context, symptoms are seen as attempts by the body to heal or to signal distress, and they are respected as such - in marked contrast to the standard medical approach in which symptoms are viewed as disturbances to be suppressed. The understanding of the basic principles of homeopathy is considered necessary in order to remove the prejudice against it by some orthodox medical doctors.

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