Homeopathy and alternative medicine
The system of scientific knowledge and practical measures used to detect, treat and prevent disease is called medicine. Conventionally, the medicine can be divided into two areas: traditional and non-traditional (alternative, non-classical).
Alternative medicine uses the knowledge accumulated by people for many centuries experienced by. The main difference between these two directions can be called that the approaches of alternative medicine are based on the assessment of the manifestations of the disease, and conventional medicine studies the mechanisms of diseases.
It is possible to allocate following kinds of alternative medicine: phytotherapy (treatment with medicinal herbs), urine therapy (external or internal application of urine of man or animals), aromatherapy (treatment using scents), acupuncture (acupuncture, acupressure), apitherapy (treatment with honey), manual therapy (a complex of biomechanical techniques performed by hand), hirudotherapy (leeches latch) and more.
Homeopathy is a type of alternative medicine. It’s a Greek word composed of two words: homoios – similar, similar, similar and pathos – disease. Homeopathy involves homeopathic Materia Medics and clinical observations.Materia Medica – medical monograph devoted to descriptions of drugs and their applications – a treatise on the drugs. Clinical observations describe the development of the disease, its stages and their characteristics, the order of appearance and disappearance of the symptoms, peculiarities of treatment at each stage that characterises homeopathy as a practical science.
The basic principle of homeopathy is like cures like. Diseases are treated by small doses of substances that in large doses is harmful (may be toxic) and may induce these diseases in healthy people. As medicines in homeopathy uses ingredients of natural origin – plant extracts, animal venoms, etc. They do not have bactericidal or bacteriostatic properties and acts on the body in General.
It is considered that, unlike traditional medicine, homeopathic medicines stimulate the body his own strength and direct them to treatment.