Encyclopedia of Medical Immunology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Ian R. Mackay, Noel R. Rose, Dennis K. Ledford, Richard F. Lockey

Homeopathy in the Treatment of Allergic Diseases

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9194-1_251

Synonyms

Alternative medicine; Classical homeopathy; Clinical homeopathy; Complex homeopathy; Homeopath; Homeopathy medicine; Isopathy

Homeopathy, Definition

Homeopathy is a philosophy of medicine that was originated in the 1790s by the German physician, Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann. His first published paper was in 1796, and was followed up with a textbook explaining his rationale in 1810 “The Organon of the Healing Art.” The principle of homeopathy is “like treats like” in which substances of a said ailment are thought to be isolated, purified, and then diluted. Each dilution must be shaken vigorously. The dilution is based on factors of 100, and is called the Hahnemann or “C” (centesimal) scale. For example, a 2C dilution would require one part of substance in 100 parts water. Then, one part of this first dilution is another 100 parts water. The original mass and volume are not specified. However, if one mole is assumed, then using the dilution factor of 2C, then the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Allergy & ImmunologyUniversity of South Florida College of MedicineTampaUSA