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Contrary to the assertions of Martin Whitehead and colleagues(VR, 28 July 2018, vol 183, pp 135-136) there is only one law in homeopathy: ‘Similia similibus curantur’, that is ‘Let likes be cured by likes’. This principle dates back to ancient times, but its use was formulated by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). The phrase led to the coining of the word ‘homeopathy’.
This homeopathic principle accords with the phenomenon of hormesis (the paradoxical, stimulatory or beneficial effects of low doses of toxins).1 A hormetic dose response curve is non-linear: J-shaped with …
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