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Homeopathic medicine chest, Europe, 1801-1900

Homeopathy relies on the idea that ‘like cures like’. For instance, if you are vomiting, your treatment will be something that causes vomiting but in a smaller, much diluted dose. There are forty different vials of treatments in this book-like medicine chest, all with handwritten labels. One of the labels reads “Ignatia”. This is a homeopathic treatment used to help with emotional problems and grief, which can cause trembling and agitation. Ignatia seeds affect the nervous system and cause the same effects.

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Glossary: medicine chest

Small chests fitted for bottles and intended to hold medical supplies; of a type made in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Glossary: homeopathy

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