homeopathic medicine

Pronunciation: (HOH-mee-uh-PA-thik MEH-dih-sin)

An alternative approach to medicine based on the belief that natural substances, prepared in a special way and used most often in very small amounts, restore health. According to these beliefs, in order for a remedy to be effective, it must cause in a healthy person the same symptoms being treated in the patient. Also called homeopathy.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2003-02-19