Homeopathy treats people and their illnessess holistically rather than focusing on individual symptoms. Homeopathy is based on the principle of similarity - Similia similibus. According to the homeopathic principle, the remedy gives similar symptoms of the illness, and a person gets better when the remedy and the illness cancel each other out. Hippocrates, father of medicine, proposed this idea as early as 400 BC.
Self-medication with homeopathy is possible, particularly in the treatment of simpler problems. World-renowned Dr Reckeweg homeopathic combinations are safe and suitable for self-medication. Their valuation is based on carefully selected raw materials, quality control, and the traditional method of manufacture. Potentisation is done manually with the Hahnemann technique. German doctor Samuel Hahnemann is considered as the father of homeopathy over 200 years ago.
In the most severe situations, it is advisable to consult a professional homeopath.
In Germany, there are 45 000 homeopathic doctors. In Brazil and India, homeopathy is covered by the health care system.
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Homeopathy in Brazilian health care system
Homeopathy was established in the public health care service in Brazil in the end of the 1990s. This move was planned as a complementary practice to the health care service. It is currently in use in more than 1000 towns around Brazil. It is however still not used as a regular practice due to the fact that the Government fears illegal practices, which would cause a lot of problems for the society and also, for the practice itself. Health Ministry introduced a new bill in 2006, which regarded the integration of homeopathy into the public health system. Nevertheless, there was already an interim measure in act since 1999.
Homeopathy has been used as a complementary treatment to treat diabetes, chronic diseases and the like. In Brazil, there are some university centres, medical associations and dispensaries that are recognized by the World Health Organization as institutions with beneficial effects on the integration of homeopathy into Brazilian’s health system. To name a few, we have the Hahnemann Institute of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) whose teaching and outpatient dispensary structure enables comparative studies of various homoeopathy practices to be made, while making access easy for poor population groups from the surrounding favelas; the Paulist Association (São Paulo), whose work is very well integrated with the São Paulo State and City's public health system; the Federal University of Uberlandia, where Professor Dantas, former Dean of the Faculty, who teaches both medical ethics and homoeopathic therapeutics, has begun to introduce students to homoeopathy research and critical evaluation of the literature.