Developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in Germany in the late 1700's and early 1800's, homeopathy is a system of medicine in which remedies are prescribed based on the Law of Similars.
Hahnemann explained the Law of Similars using the Latin phrase Similia Similibus Curenteur which translates: "Let likes cure likes." That refers to Hahnemann's discovery that a substance which in large doses may cause certain symptoms, in extremely small, infinitesimal doses will stimulate the body to rid itself of an illness which displays similar symptoms. Using this principle, homeopathic prescriptions are selected based on the patien's symptoms. In this way a specific remedy choice is made for the individual, who is allowed ot recover free of side-effects from harsh drugs.
Homeopathy became very popular in the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was far gentler, safe and more effective than medical practices of the time. In the early 1900's antibiotics were coming into use and there was a movement by the American Medical Association to suppress homeopathy. That movement was temporarily successful and for most of the twentieth century homepathy was sidelined, practiced by few.
Recently, as people have been living healthier lifestyles and becoming more involved in their health care, homeopathy has enjoyed a resurgence. With it we get gentle complete cures for all sorts of acute and chronic diseases. Homeopathic medicines also speed the healing process after injuries and surgery.