A system of medicine based on the theory that “like cures like.” Homeopaths encourage healing by administering tiny doses of harmless, highly diluted animal, plant, or mineral substances that in larger quantities would produce illness (just as you are immunized against flu by being given a harmless form of flu). Most chronic and acute illnesses are thought to respond in some way to homeopathic remedies. Although the remedies are regulated by the FDA, homeopathic practitioners are minimally regulated in the US. Therefore, always check into a practitioner’s credentials.

Sujathe Mannal, B.H.M.S.