Allopathic and homeopathic principles
Traditional medicine was termed Allopathy by Hahnemann – the founder of Homeopathy. Allopathy translates into ‘different suffering’. For example, an allopathic prescription for nausea would be a medicine that would suppress the symptom of nausea.
Homeopathy works to stimulate the body’s own innate healing systems. A person’s symptoms are indicators of a disturbance in this homeostasis – what Dr. Hahnemann called the vital force. Homeopathy views the suppression of symptoms (whether by allopathic medicines or lifestyles) as working against the vital force and possibly driving the illness to a deeper level resulting in a chronic condition. Contrary to the allopathic treatment, for nausea, a homeopath would prescribe a medicine in homeopathic preparation (potentized) that in its crude form (unpotentized) would actually cause nausea.