Homeopathy is a 'treatment' based on the use of highly diluted substances, which practitioners claim can cause the body to heal itself.
Homeopathy involves giving extremely small doses of substances that produce characteristic symptoms of illness in healthy people when given in larger doses. This approach is called 'like cures like.'
The key premise behind homeopathy is that every person has energy called a vital force or self-healing response. When this energy is disrupted or imbalanced, health problems develop. Homeopathy aims to stimulate the body's own healing responses.
Homeopathy is known by a variety of other names such as homeopathic medicine and 'like cures like'.
It is practiced under various forms including
Homeopathy is also often practiced alongside, or as part of, other complementary and alternative medicines and approaches such as naturopathy.
Some people believe that homeopathy can be used to treat an enormous range of conditions, including some of the medical problems faced by people with autism spectrum disorders. This claim is disputed by many scientists, some of whom claim that it contradicts the known laws of physics, chemistry, and pharmacology. Others go further and claim that it is best described as a belief system rather than as a system of medicine.
According to the NHS Direct website,
'There have been several reviews of the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said there is no evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition.
'The ideas that underpin homeopathy are not accepted by mainstream science, and are not consistent with long-accepted principles on the way that the physical world works. The Committee's 2010 report on homeopathy said the "like cures like" principle is "theoretically weak", and that this is the 'settled view of medical science'.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine