Allopathic medicine or allopathy is an expression commonly used by homeopaths and proponents of other forms of alternative medicine to refer to mainstream medicine . Specifically it refers to the use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions.  The German version of the word, allopathisch , was coined in 1810 by the creator of homeopathy , Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843).  The word was coined from allo- (different) and -pathic (relating to a disease or to a method of treatment).  In alternative medicine circles the expression "allopathic medicine" is still used to refer to "the broad category of medical practice that is sometimes called Western medicine, biomedicine , evidence-based medicine , or modern medicine" (see the article on scientific medicine ).