The Role of Homeopathy as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine and its Application

Document Type: Letter to Editor

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Medicine, Quran and Hadith Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


omeopathy as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and a holistic medicine can solve some of modern medical problems. Homeopathy, with an age of about 200 years old, first introduced by Samuel Hahnemann a German physician in 1810 and treatment for diseases with about 3,000 homeopathic remedies was addressed based on a golden principle named as “Like cure like” (similia similibus curentur). The origin of homeopathic medicines is as follows: herbal (> 80%), salts (10%-15%) and animal (about 5%). All homeopathic remedies have been recognized by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America in 1938 as "medicine," not a supplement or vitamin. Also, in the largest study in Switzerland in 2011, it has been approved that homeopathic remedies were effective, safe and cost-effective. To the extent that after this study, Switzerland joined the countries of Germany, England, France, Denmark and Luxembourg and provided homeopathic remedies under insurance... (Read More...)