The founder of homeopathy is the German physician Samuel Hahnemann. It was he who, intrigued by the action of quinine, used to treat malarial fever, began to take daily to 80 grams of cinchona bark. After a time in an absolutely healthy person showing signs of malaria, first began to shake hands and then started a fever. This amazing experiment and marked the beginning of homeopathy, whose name comes from the Greek word homois – and similar pathos – disease. It is based on the principle of "treating like with like", ie, burns treated with warm, during headache given substance, its cause, and vomiting prescribe an emetic. This principle of similarity makes homeopathy system of treatment for symptomatic analogy. This means that the efficiency of the means chosen for treatment will be high only if the drug intoxication symptoms in a healthy person will fully consistent with the clinical picture observed during the illness. The founder of homeopathy Hahnemann considered health as a balance of "vital forces".
In case of illness, in his opinion, one of the vital energy begins to dominate and violate the nature of the pledged balance. The task of the doctor in this case that awaken the life-giving force in the body, which will replace the "enemy" from illegally occupied territory. This can be done only by drugs that cause a healthy person symptoms similar to the aforesaid diseases. Traditional medicine should be directly opposite principles – is trying to find a tool that would weaken or destroy disease.