SAMUEL HAHNEMANN 1755–1843, "Homeopathy." Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Welcome to the Homeopathy Research Guide
Overview and Principles
Homeopathy, founded by a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), is based on the premise that a condition can be cured with a dilute amount of substance that in a larger amount, would cause the condition in a healthy person .The term, homeopathy is of Greek origin and means similar disease. In the practice of classical homeopathy, a single, minimum dose of one remedy is is prescribed.
Researching homeopathy will usually fall into two areas: researching the practice of homeopathy, and looking at clinical evidence of efficacy. Often information about the practice of homeopathy will be in books, whereas information about clinical evidence of efficacy will be found in research databases. This guide aims to provide you with the starting points for both aspects, as well as some context for the research you'll find!
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This introduction to some of the issues and on-going debates is intended to prompt further inquiry and critical evaluation of what you find – and don’t find – in the research. It is not a comprehensive overview of the field or the state of the research in the field. Librarians are available to help you explore the research, and help you answer questions about the context of that research.