In traditional medicine, symptoms are treated to be the manifestation of the disease itself. Prescription drugs are administered to the patient in order to kill the bacteria causing it or to dampen the symptoms of the said condition.
Although this is the usual way of treating diseases and is the general practice in almost every aspect of medicine, there are still other forms of medicine practiced until now with a totally different aspect of cure.
You might ask, how does the concept of homeopathy differ from that of conventional medicine? Let us say that in common medicine, it attempts to take away the symptoms to prevent the disease whereas homeopathy attempts to stimulate the body to recover itself. To begin with, let us imagine that any symptom, no matter how uncomfortable and unpleasing it is, is the representation of the body’s attempt to restore itself to health.
Traditional medicine lets us interpret symptoms as something that is wrong with the body that must be set right; in homeopathy, they are signs of the way our body is attempting to heal itself. So instead of attempting to stop the cough with suppressants as the conventional way of medicine, a homeopath will register an herbal medicine that causes a cough in a healthy person, thus stimulating the body to try to restore itself.