Homeopathy is an ancient form of medicine and is widely used and accepted in many countries. Homeopathic remedies are nontoxic substances that influence the body on a cellular level. These remedies are made from specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances. When carefully matched to the patient, they activate the "vital force" and stimulate the body's innate healing forces on both the physical and emotional levels, with few side effects. Homeopathy is particularly useful in pediatrics and pregnancy, as it is difficult to find safe treatment in these cases. Some conditions that do not respond well to conventional medicine will respond effectively to homeopathy.