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From "Homeopathy," by Dr. Domenick Masiello, p. 10 in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Discipline, Edited by Nancy Allison, CMA:

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a holistic system that is used to treat chronic and acute illness and disease. Founded by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700s, homeopathy is based on the concept of "like cures like," which means that remedies are matched to symptom patterns in the patient. To "match" symptoms means that the physician analyzes a patient's symptoms to find a substance, usually from plants, minerals, and animals, that induces the same symptoms in a healthy person. By ingesting small, diluted doses of these substances, the body is stimulated to fight illness. In recent times, homeopathic practices have grown dramatically in popularity as people all over the world rediscover the inexpensive, natural remedies used to cure illnesses that do not respond to conventional treatment.

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