Is Homeopathy What Supporters Believe It Is? Are They Just Being Fooled?
No matter what side of the homeopathy fence you are on, there is one thing for sure – just about everywhere you go looking for opinions about this alternative medical practice, you will find lots of heated controversy and discussion. It is called just about every name in the book – quackery, irregular medicine, scam, pseudo-medical ripoff, fringe medicine, and sometime (more nicely) “complementary” or “alternative medicine“.
Why is homeopathy such a hot topic? It has been around since the beginning of the 19th century, and many millions of people swear by it. Placebo effect? The real deal? Not so sure?
Homeopathy is the work of one Samuel Hahnemann from Germany. Hahnemann’s theory of homeopathy goes like this – if someone has an illness, it can be cured by giving a preparation which, if taken by a healthy person, would produce slight symptoms of that same illness. So, let’s say if a patient is suffering from nausea, he could be given a preparation which in a healthy person would tend to bring on a mild nauseous state. In the sick patient, though, it would have healing properties.
Many find homeopathic remedies useful in particular for boosting immune system response, treating nausea and upset stomach, colds, flu, and certain emotional or physical issues. Favorable studies suggest that homeopathic treatments can help with a wide variety of ailments.
What do YOU think? Check out this short video, which is about as neutral on the subject as I’ve seen. It simply proposes a proposition – is homeopathy real science?