Homeopathic medicine, aka homeopathy, is an alternative medical practice that was developed in the late 1700s.
Homeopathy is generally based on two main principles:
- A substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person can be used in diluted form to treat symptoms and illnesses, a principle known as “like-cures-like”;
- The more diluted the substance, the more potent it is, which is known as the “law of infinitesimals.”
Homeopathic products come from plants such as red onion, arnica [mountain herb], poison ivy, belladonna [deadly nightshade], and stinging nettle, minerals such as white arsenic, or animals such as crushed whole bees. (FDA.gov)