Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine whose roots can be traced back to the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates. Yet it was in the 18th century that the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann turned homeopathy into a formal system of practice. Hahnemann observed that while dilutions of certain substances produced symptoms of illness in healthy people, they actually alleviated those same symptoms in sick people when given in minute quantities. That observation, which he termed “like is healed by like,” was, and still is, one of the main principles of homeopathy. Another important, founding principle of homeopathy is that symptoms are not treated in isolation, and are analyzed in the context of the whole person. In the US today, more than 7 million people have used homeopathy.
Source: Natural Health