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Homoeopathic practitioner Dr Rajan Sankaran believes his field can work in harmony with modern medicine

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To those not familiar with it, the term homoeopathy raises either a mixture of suspicious disbelief or doubtful amazement. The alternative medicine, at times viewed as a kind of magic, is in fact capable of yielding positive results by providing holistic healing solutions. At least, that is according to world-leading homoeopathic practitioner Dr Rajan Sankaran, who was visiting Thailand to raise awareness of homoeopathic medicine. 

Based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself, homoeopathy involves two main principles. One, it uses the "similar theory" or the law of "like cures like" healing discovered in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, who was frustrated with conventional medicine. Hahnemann found that a substance that brings on a symptom in a healthy people can be used to heal the symptom in a patient.

Onions are used to explain this law. When we cut an onion we will get watery eyes, as if we had a cold. Onions have long been used as a cold treatment. Homoeopathic remedies are selected by how they match the symptoms.

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