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Line breaks: hom|eop¦athy
Pronunciation: /ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθi
, hɒm-/
(also homoeopathy)

Definition of homeopathy in English:


A system of complementary medicine in which ailments are treated by minute doses of natural substances that in larger amounts would produce symptoms of the ailment. Often contrasted with allopathy.
Example sentences
  • He practises a multi-therapy system using acupuncture with homoeopathy and nutritional therapy to treat chronic diseases.
  • For this reason, many people turn to complementary therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal remedies.
  • In homeopathy, dosage is minute and symptoms are meant to intensify as part of the self-healing process.


early 19th century: coined in German from Greek homoios 'like' + patheia (see -pathy).



Example sentences
  • Other forms of treatment may include yoga or Pilates, homeopathic and herbal remedies, hydrotherapy and acupuncture.
  • Neil is a senior lecturer at two leading complementary therapy colleges and has two busy homeopathic practices.
  • Clinical uses of this tree have been well described in homoeopathic and Ayurvedic literature.


Example sentences
  • It is now available homeopathically and in various preparations as an asthma preventive.
  • We designed the trials for clarity, simplicity, and internal validity to answer the basic question we had posed: Does a homoeopathically prepared dilution show a positive effect over and above its placebo effect?
  • Treating dairy cattle homeopathically is saving a farming couple $5000 a year, producing much happier, healthier cows and more milk.


Example sentences
  • Throughout the century, homeopathists, herbalists, practitioners of electro-magnetism, and other unorthodox healers continued to attract patients and test the reach of the law.
  • At least homeopathists believe what they are saying.
  • ‘I would have had no objection to a homeopathist sharing the show,’ he says, ‘because it would have been even more convincing to the viewers that arguments of homeopathists against providing information are untenable.’

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