homeopathy

noun
ho·​me·​op·​a·​thy | \ˌhō-mē-ˈä-pə-thē, ˌhä-\

Definition of homeopathy 

: a system of medical practice that treats a disease especially by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in larger amounts produce in healthy persons symptoms similar to those of the disease

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Other Words from homeopathy

homeopath \ ˈhō-​mē-​ə-​ˌpath \ noun

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But critics say that many keystones of naturopathic care, such as homeopathy and intravenous vitamin treatment, haven’t been scientifically proved. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "‘Natural’ doctors face skepticism from practitioners of conventional medicine," 9 Apr. 2018 Schmierer is also listed online as CEO and owner of Dr. Zinsser Pharmaceuticals, a medical-products company, and runs Rappen-Apotheke, a pharmacy that specializes in homeopathy and is located near the clinic, according to its website. Lindsay Gellman, Longreads, "The Last Resort," 22 Mar. 2018 But a large and growing body of research has found that homeopathy doesn’t work any better than a placebo. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "‘Natural’ doctors face skepticism from practitioners of conventional medicine," 9 Apr. 2018 Unani and homeopathy — both promoted by Modi’s AYUSH Ministry — originate in Greece and Germany, respectively, and many countries have competing claims on the discovery of aloe vera’s medicinal properties. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "How ghee, turmeric and aloe vera became India’s new instruments of soft power," 29 Jan. 2018 In January, lawmakers tried to pass a new bill in Parliament that would allow practitioners of ayurveda, homeopathy and other alternative health-care systems to prescribe modern medicine after completing a three-month course. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "How ghee, turmeric and aloe vera became India’s new instruments of soft power," 29 Jan. 2018 The homeopathy industry has fought hard against FDA regulation. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "FDA to crack down on ‘snake oil’ homeopathy," 19 Dec. 2017 Most homeopathic products won’t be affected The field of homeopathy has grown exponentially in the last decade, becoming a nearly $3 billion industry, according to the FDA. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is Homeopathic Medicine, and Why Is the FDA Cracking Down On It?," 19 Dec. 2017 Other dangerous ingredients used in homeopathy products include nux vomica, which contains strychnine. Matthew Perrone, Houston Chronicle, "Health officials to target high-risk alternative remedies," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of homeopathy

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for homeopathy

German Homöopathie, from homöo- homeo- + -pathie -pathy

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homeopathy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of homeopathy

: a system for treating illnesses that uses very small amounts of substances that would in larger amounts produce symptoms of the illnesses in healthy people

homeopathy

noun
ho·​me·​op·​a·​thy
variants: or British homoeopathy \ ˌhō-​mē-​ˈäp-​ə-​thē , ˌhäm-​ē-​ \
plural homeopathies

Medical Definition of homeopathy 

: a system of medical practice that treats a disease especially by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in larger amounts produce symptoms in healthy persons similar to those of the disease — compare allopathy sense 1

Other Words from homeopathy

homeopathic or British homoeopathic \ ˌhō-​mē-​ə-​ˈpath-​ik \ adjective
homeopathically or British homoeopathically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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