Term: homeopathy, (homeo-) +(-pathy)
Origin: Anc Greek
όμοιος (adj)/homeos(=same, similar)
–πάθεια/patheia (suffering) in masculine gender is πάθος/ pathos(=passion, sorrow, strong emotion). a suffix used in modern formations to mean "one suffering from"
by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who developed the theory that each naturally occurring substance diluting in a standardized manner could be used to treat the symptoms they were known to produce. This idea is referred to as the “Law of Similarsand Hahnemann and his students approached their treatments in a holistic way as every disease they thought that is a matter of the whole of the body and spirit.
A system for treating disease based on the administration of minute doses of a drug that produces symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of a disease eg the administration of onion which brings tears could in minimum dose to treat disease that have as main symptom watering eyes.