Allopathy is a biologically based approach to healing. For instance, if a patient has high blood pressure, an allopathic physician might give them a drug that lowers blood pressure.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines Allopathic medicine as “a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies (as drugs or surgery) producing effects different from or incompatible with those produced by the disease being treated.”
In 1848, the allopathic rationalists created the American Medical Association (AMA). Even though many American clinics once relied on homeopathy and naturopathy, allopathic medicine quickly rose to dominance.
During this same era, the discovery of antibiotics triggered rapid growth of the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacy evolved as an enabling discipline to allopathic medicine, helping it to achieve and maintain its dominance in Western society.