Homeopathy comes from two Greek words, homo (similar) and pathos (suffering). Developed by the Saxon physician Samuel Hahnemann in late 18th century it is most famously expressed in the exhortation similia similibus curentur or "let likes cure likes." The practitioner considers the totality of symptoms of a given case, then chooses as a remedy a substance that has been reported in a homeopathic proving to produce a similar set of symptoms in healthy subjects. The remedial substance is usually given in extremely low concentrations. Dilutions are performed according to a procedure known as potentization. Homeopathy is considered controversial because many of its hypotheses and claims have not been verified to, or are at odds with, the standards of modern medicine and the scientific method.
Today, homeopathy is one of the most popular complementary and alternative medicine system. There are an estimated 100,000 registered practicing physicians, with an estimated 500 million people receiving treatment. Various countries now recognize Homeopathic treatment, both practice and teaching of courses now being registered. There could be many reasons for the popularity of Homeopathy, like its cost efficiency, lack of side effects, reported clinical efficacy, and exhaustion of other options. This section of the webdirectory links to various Homeopathic resources, like book stalls, institutions offering courses and medication, etc.