Homeopathy was developed at the end of the 18th century by the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann.

Medical treatment at this time, such as bloodletting, often harmed and weakened the patient.

So concerned,he decided to develop his own medical theory. He noticed that Peruvian Bark, used to treat Malaria, produced fever when taken by healthy people.
It was this that led him to one of the central ideas of 'homeopathy', which literally means 'similar suffering', that a substance which can cause symptoms in ahealthy person can be used to treat the disease itself.

Like cures like.

This is very different from conventional medicine or 'allopathy', which means 'different from the suffering' where symptoms are suppressed.

Over the following years he tested hundreds of substances in experiments known as provings, and built up a materia medica of remedies.

He found remedies were more effective when they were diluted and shaken or 'succussed'. This process is known as potentization, and results in the diluting water retaining the memory of the original substance.

Remedies are made from the plant, animal and mineral world.