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Homeopathic consultation. A female patient has a consultation with a homeopath. A rack of tubes containing medication is seen on the desk. Homeopathic medication is intended to cure the symptoms of an illness by administering tiny doses of substances which cause the same symptoms. Dosages are made through a series of dilutions. Homeopathic substances are prepared from plant, mineral, animal or other biological sources. Homeopathy, founded by Samuel Hahnemann in 1811, is a controversial therapy. It is gaining some acceptance, though, as it requires the doctor to treat the patient as a whole rather than just the specific illness observed.
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