similia principle

similia principle,

n the founding concept behind homeopathy that diseases can be cured by something that induces the same symptoms as the disease itself—thus “like cures like” or
similia similibus curentur. See also cinchona and simillimum.
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Following the similia principle of homeopathy, we may argue that Pulsatilla nigricans can help seeds withstand the effects of accelerated aging because this organism is described in the medical literature to exhibit symptoms similar to those reported during the process of aging.
The fact that both forms of Ruta will cause the same problem in healthy cells that they are capable of curing in cells that are already in this state, is a useful example of the similia principle in action.