Intended for healthcare professionals

What is homeopathic therapy, and how does it work?

Some cynics would say that there are only three treatments for dermatological conditions – steroids, antibiotics or both! However, there are actually many complementary or alternative forms of treatment for skin maladies, and homeopathy is one of them. Homeopathy is a therapeutic system based on the Similia Principle. The name comes from the Greek: homoios-pathos, which literally means ‘like suffering’. In other words, a medicine that causes symptoms can be used to treat a condition that produces those same symptoms. Traditionally the spelling has been ‘homoeopathy’ but the middle ‘o’ is no longer used and the internationally accepted version is ‘homeopathy’.
Dermatology in practice 2006; 14(1): 12–14
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