isopathy


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isopathy

1. the theory that the product of a disease can be used to cure that same disease, as in the treatment of smallpox with substance taken from the varioles.
2. the belief that a diseased organ can be cured by eating the corresponding organ from a healthy animal.
See also: Disease and Illness
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Bigelsen taught us not only great integrative medical practices from around the world, especially Germany, but also the political implications of pursuing innovative and traditional therapies, including homeopathy and isopathy.
Essentially, the study by Lewith and colleagues (2) was not truly an evaluation of homeopathy per se, but of isopathy. The medication used was not prescribed according to the fundamental principles of homeopathy and therefore would not be expected to work.
Isopathy is the term used to describe the use of specific homeopathic remedies for a known allergen.