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I believe this is a major question that must be answered.
If HWC as a community can come up with a concise definition and use it on our blogs, posts, tweets, discussions, websites then we will have a consensus.

The more people read the same definition over and over and over the more it will stick in their minds and provide some insight and understanding. I know it is really not easy to explain. Let's give it a try. Especially at a time when people are using the buzz word "HOMEOPATHY" to sell drugs, mattresses and who knows what else?

Here is an article that says Coka-cola is putting "Homeopathic" Cocaine in sodas for people to 'get high'. Yet in the same breath they claim Homeopathics are diluted so much as to have no effect. Very humorous.

Here is something in the news: NATURAL HOLISTIC HEALTH BLOG

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REVISITING THIS QUESTION | Vinton McCabe has inspired us to try this one again. [July 21, 2010]

Creating Our Universal Definition of Homeopath
This is a group effort. Can we agree to agree? Is that possible?
Once we word smith this, then everyone can post it in blogs, website, books, pamphlets, flyers and where ever the eye can see.
Can we agree upon our mission as members of HWC?
HWC Mission: To make "Homeopathy A Household Word." Promoting and advocating homeopathy through education and awareness using technology, individuals writing, presentations and collaboration with other organizations.

Unifying the Spirit of Homeopathy and Accepting that everyone is on the journey to truth and understanding. Creating the BOND THAT TIES US TOGETHER.
NCH | The National Center for Homeopathy defines it this way: Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is based on the Law of Similars. The truth of this law has been verified experimentally and clinically for the last 200 years.

I Love India | Homeopathy is made up of two Greek words, 'Homeo' meaning similar and 'Pathos' meaning suffering. Therefore, it simply treats with remedies in minute doses, which produce symptoms similar to the disease, when taken by healthy people. Moreover, it is based on the natural law of healing- "Similia Similibus Curantur", which means "likes cure likes". The method was given a scientific thought by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), in the early 19th century. 

CCRHINDIA | Central Council for Research in Homeopathy | (Gr. Homoiopatheia, from homoiopathes having like feelings or affections; hamoios, like, similar and pathos, feelings, sufferings). The theory or system of curing diseases with very minute doses of medicine which in a healthy person and in large doses would produce a condition like that of the disease treated.

Webster's Dictionary 

As per the primary principle of Homoeopathy, "Similia Similibus Curentur" or the "Law of Similars" which is the "natural law of healing", diseases are treated by medicines, which are capable of producing in healthy persons, symptoms similar to those of the disease, which it can treat in a sick person.The term "homoeopathy" was coined by Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann and first appeared in print in 1807.



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I am confused why a simple definition needs to include two thousand years of homeopathic philosophy and practice and an accumulation of varied therapies.

Why?

It seems that these are rather artificial barriers to actually creating a workable, simple, short and coherent definition.

Perhaps it is the word "universal" that seems so daunting. Truly, we cannot here (small as this group is compared to the millions worldwide who have an interest in homeopathy) create a "universal" statement of what homeopathy is or what the word means. What we can do is give it a shot. If our definition is a good one, if we indeed can gather together the right words in the right order and put them after the word "homeopathy" by way of explanation, we can help the global homeopathic community take a giant leap forward.

Will a definition make homeopathy a household word? No. But can homeopathy become a household word without a simple, coherent definition, one that is more or less agreed upon? No. Absolutely not.

And the examples you give at the end of your post are slogans, Alexander, not definitions. There is a major difference. Will homeopathy at some point need a good slogan or two? Yes. But it needs a definition first. Unless and until the homeopathic community can agree on a definition of this single term, homeopathy will, in my opinion, remain exactly what it is: a niche medicine, existing on the fringe of world culture.

This is to me both frustrating and tragic--that a form of medical treatment that actually works, that actually helps the patient to heal himself or herself and that actually strengthens the patient's Vital Force with its appropriate use exists in shadows is a sad, sad thing. And that fact that this is due, in large part, because of the infighting and lack of cooperation within the homeopathic community itself is simply inexcusable.

--V
Homeopathy is a therapeutic process which restores an individual to a state of health by selecting and dispensing a homeopathic remedy using the Law of Similars of "likes cures likes."

It appears that contingent and dependent are almost synonymous to each other.

CONTINGENT: 1 the merger is contingent on government approval: dependent on, conditional on, subject to, determined by, hinging on, resting on.
2 contingent events: chance, accidental, fortuitous, possible, unforeseeable, unpredictable, random, haphazard.

DEPENDENT adjective
1 your placement is dependent on her decision: conditional on, contingent on, based on; subject to, determined by, influenced by.

You will get a kick out of all of these:
  • a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated
    wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

     

  • Homeopathy (also spelled homoeopathy or homœopathy) is a form of alternative medicine, first proposed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, that attempts to treat patients with heavily diluted preparations which are claimed to cause effects similar to the symptoms presented. ...
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy

     

  • homeopath - a practitioner of homeopathy
    wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

     

  • homeopathic - Of or pertaining to homeopathy
    en.wiktionary.org/wiki/homeopathic

     

  • A system of medicine founded in the late 18 th century in which remedies consist of diluted substances from plants, minerals and animals. It is based on a theory that "like cures like. ...
    abc.herbalgram.org/site/PageServer

     

  • Homeopathy is a medical system that uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances--called remedies--to stimulate a person's immune and defense system. ...
    www.lohas.com/glossary.html

     

  • A system of medical treatment based on the theory that certain diseases can be cured by giving very small doses of drugs which in a healthy person and in a large doses would produce symptoms like those of the disease.
    www.dhss.mo.gov/PainManagement/Glossary.html

     

  • Contemporary Western homeopathic medicine, based on the work of the German physician and chemist Samuel Hahnemann some 200 years ago, aims to stimulate the individual's innate healing processes through the administration of minute "homeopathic" dilutions of specific remedies. ...
    www.camreports.hs.columbia.edu/diseases.html

     

  • A system of therapeutics devised by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) employing the concept of „like cures like“ and using minute quantities of natural substances which would produce the symptoms of the disease in healthy individuals. ...
    www.visiteuropeanspas.com/glossary/

     

  • A method of treating disease with naturally occurring substances. The art of curing through the use of minute doses of a curative which is likely to be the same curative which, when taken in greater quantities, causes the disease or similar symptoms.
    www.lamasbeauty.com/glossary/glossary_H.htm

     

  • A form of treatment in which substances (minerals, plant extracts, chemicals, or disease-producing germs), which in sufficient doses would produce a set of illness symptoms in healthy individuals, are given in microdoses to produce a “cure” of those same symptoms. ...
    www.mdconsult.com/das/book/body/174862786-2/0/2088/1906.html

     

  • Alternative medicine using herbs that can be enchanted by invoking magic formulas.
    www.unhealthydevotions.com/definitions.htm

     

  • Developed in Germany in the eighteenth century, homeopathic remedies are created from plant, animal, or mineral products diluted thousands-fold in water or alcohol. ...
    www.enotes.com/public-health-encyclopedia/alternative-complementary-integrative-medicine

     

  • The practice of the use of active ingredients in minute dosages along with naturally occurring substances in order to provide a healthier balance of internal chemistry. These minute dosages would be viewed in traditional medicine as ineffective.
    www.health.am/ab/more/headache_glossary/

     

  • The basic system was devised and verified by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann , a German physician, nearly 200 years ago. Treatment is based primarily on symptoms verbalized by the patient after careful self-observation, as well as physical signs detected by the prescriber. ...
    www.fertileheart.com/glossary.php
Debbie, I did indeed get a kick out of all the material that has been created to define homeopathy.

Indeed, the name of my next book (coming out next May) is simply "What Is Homeopathy?"

If I can fill a whole book answering that question it really illustrates just how hard a task it will be for us to define it in just a few words!

We can do it, though, because it is important that we do.
We'll all be looking out for your next book.
Dear members

Lot's of interesting input.

Before Hahnemann, the term HOMEOPATHY was unknown. the term is his invention, so let us see what defines his HOMEOPATHY:

PAR.: 52:
There are but two principle methods of cure: the one based only on accurate observation of nature, on careful experimentation and pure experience, the homoeopathic (before we never designedly used) and a second which does not do this, the heteropathic or allopathic. Each opposes the other, and only he who does not know either can hold the delusion that they can ever approach each other or even become united, or to make himself so ridiculous as to practice at one time homoeopathically at another allopathically, according to the pleasure of the patient; a practice which may be called criminal treason against divine homoeopathy.

which leads us to par.: 109 footnote:
1 It is impossible that there can be another true, best method of curing dynamic diseases (i.e., all diseases not strictly surgical) besides homoeopathy, just as it is impossible to draw more than one straight line betwixt two given points. He who imagines that there are other modes of curing diseases besides it could not have appreciated homoeopathy fundamentally nor practised it with sufficient care, nor could he ever have seen or read cases of properly performed homoeopathic cures; nor, on the other hand, could he have discerned the baselessness of all allopathic modes of treating diseases and their bad or even dreadful effects, if, with such lax indifference, he places the only true healing art on an equality with those hurtful methods of treatment, or alleges the latter to be auxiliaries to homoeopathy which it could not do without! My true, conscientious followers, the pure homoeopathists, with their successful, almost never-failing treatment, might teach these persons better.

Taken those two chapters seriously will enable to see and confirm Hahnemann's discoveries. I think it is difficult to precisely define HOMEOPATHY in less than what is written in the ORGANON.
Unfortunately, anyone who asked the simple question would have wandered away or fallen asleep by the time you read all this.

In needing a universal definition, we need to uphold at least one of that laws of cure, and, in this case, that law is MINIMUM.

When was the last time a dictionary definition went on for two paragraphs?

In the LMHI-ECH document about “Medical Homeopathic Education Standards”, “Homeopathy” is defined as: “a method of medical practice, aimed at improving the level of health of an organism by the administration of proven and sucussed/triturated medicines, which are individually selected in accordance with the law of similars.”

Homœopathy: It's a Greek word, which comes from ‘homoios’ = similar and ‘pathos’ = suffering. The term 'Homœopathy' was suggested during the 1807 AD to specify 'modus operandi' involved in this mode of medication. Only first time during the 1807 he expressed that the execution of 'similia' is 'Homœopathy'. Therefore some physicians get confused between the ‘Homœopathy’ and ‘similia’. The ‘similia’ was begun emerging with the individual experiences about 2500 BC and it was known then as ‘Samh Samam Samyati’. But, in the most scientific experiments, executed in recent era, it has come out of them, it's a most scientific mode of medication.

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