Homeopathy has intrigued me for many years; in a way, I grew up with it. Our family doctor was a homeopath, and my very first job as a junior doctor, was in a German homeopathic hospital. For the last two decades, I have investigated homeopathy scientifically. During this period, the evidence has become more and more negative, and it is now quite clear that highly diluted homeopathic remedies are pure placebos.
main axioms constitute the core principles of homeopathy. The "like
cures like" principle holds that, if a substance causes a symptom (e.g.
onion makes my nose run), then that substance can cure a disease that is
characterised by a runny nose (e.g. hayfever or a common cold). The
second principle assumes that the serial dilution process used for
homeopathic remedies renders them not less but more potent (hence
homeopaths call this process "potentiation").
Both of these
axioms fly in the face of science. If they were true, much of what we
learned in physics and chemistry would be wrong. If anyone shows the
concepts of homeopathy to be correct, he or she becomes a serious
contender for one or two Nobel prizes. Homeopaths often say that we
simply have not yet discovered how homeopathy works. The truth is that
we know there is no conceivable scientific explanation that could
possibly explain it.
Yet as a clinician almost 30 years
ago, I was impressed with the results achieved by homeopathy. Many of my
patients seemed to improve dramatically after receiving homeopathic
treatment. How was this possible?
Source - Guardian