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A gentle, deeply-healing system of medicine founded by the visionary genius Samuel Hahnemann in the early 19th century, homeopathy uses healing substances so dilute that they do not cause side effects like conventional pharmaceuticals. And unlike pharmaceuticals, which suppress symptoms that later recur (often on a deeper level), homeopathy cures from the inside out. It removes the underlying emotional or mental stress of chronic disease first, then moves the illness out of the body.

Homeopathy treats the whole person -- emotional, mental and spiritual as well as physical. The well-chosen homeopathic remedy brings about a profound sense of well-being before it even begins to cure the symptoms. And the search for the right remedy for a chronic disease begins with an inquiry into the emotional or mental trauma that might have triggered it.

Founded on unfailing scientific laws, homeopathy has stood the test of time for nearly 200 years. It is based on the same paradigm as acupuncture -- that of chi, or vital energy. Homeopathy is energy medicine, working with the body's own healing energy to strengthen it, using remedies that are safe, non-toxic and totally individualized to the patient.

For an excellent introduction to self-care with homeopathy for the layperson, please see Dr. Luc De Schepper's The People's Repertory. Dr. Luc's Human Condition Critical explains the basic laws and principles of homeopathy and the origins of chronic disease. Other books on homeopathy can be mail-ordered from Homeopathic Educational Services and Minimum Price Books.

For more information on homeopathy, including a list of homeopathic practitioners near you, please consult the webpage of the National Center for Homeopathy.