Fever and Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • A. Sahib El-Radhi


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and healthcare practices and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used alongside the conventional medicine, while the alternative medicine is used instead of the conventional medicine. Most populations in the developing world rely on CAM for health issues using some form of CAM, as discussed in the chapter.

Homeopathy is considered as a holistic system of medicine that uses highly dilute substances in an attempt to stimulate the body’s potential for self-healing. It was developed two centuries ago by the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann, who thought the side-effects of the orthodox drugs were unacceptable. He then began to investigate the healing power of natural remedies. The homeopathic practice is based on the principle that if a symptom picture is correctly matched to its compatible remedy, then the patient would be swiftly cured.

The principal purpose of adding this chapter to this book is to search for those homeopathic and herbal medicines for effective remedies against fever. It is known that homeopathy helps fever not by suppressing it but stimulating the body to overcome the infection causing the fever. In addition, there has been a resurgence of the use of herbal medicine due to problems associated with the western medicine, including side-effects of the chemical drugs and increasing drug resistance.


Homeopathy Herbal medicine Safety of homoeopathy Acupuncture Spiritual healing 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Sahib El-Radhi
    • 1
  1. 1.Chelsfield Park HospitalOrpingtonUK

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