Homeopathy is a type of alternative medicine based on two ideas: that “like cures like” (similia similibus curentur), meaning that a substance that causes disease symptoms can also cure those same symptoms; and that dilution increases potency.
Both ideas are not only the opposite of what medicine usually observes, but the opposite of common sense, too.
The current scientific and medical consensus, based on numerous studies and meta-studies, is that homeopathy has no effect above that of a placebo.
Aspects of homeopathic practice such as its elaborate “provings” and one-on-one consultations can raise a patient’s expectations and thus position homeopathy to be an especially convincing placebo — but still a placebo.
The theories behind its purported efficacy beyond a placebo would, if true, overturn most of modern chemistry, physics and biology.
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