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Homeopathy is a system of complementary medicine based on the administration of minute doses of drugs which are capable of producing in healthy persons symptoms like those of the disease being treated. The result is believed to trigger and strengthen the body’s natural immune response.
Homeopathy in the United States
- Homeopathy came to the United States in 1825 with the immigration of European physicians.
- Homeopathy grew steadily and gained a reputation for being safe and simple and for its avoidance of practices such as bloodletting and using strong drugs to ‘purge’ the body.
- In 1850, the first homeopathic college was founded in Ohio and the practice of homeopathy rapidly spread. Many doctors began to use homeopathic medicines.
- By 1900, homeopathy was popular in many classes of society. There were 100 homeopathic hospitals and 22 homeopathic medical schools in the United States at this time and more than 1000 homeopathic pharmacies. Over 20% of doctors practicing during this period considered themselves homeopaths.
- Today homeopathy is taught in Naturopathic schools and in continuing education classes for practitioners across the US.