Is there any proof that homeopathic medicine works?
J Burgess, Norwich
- It is possible to answer correctly both yes and no to this question. From a scientific point of view, no it doesn’t work, from the believers’ point of view, yes it does. This contradiction can easily be explained: Homoepathic medicines are made by diluting to a very high degree, substances which could have an effect in higher concentrations on the workings of the body. The dilution is such that it is practically impossible to find in these medicines one single molecule of the so-called, active ingredient. In other words it’s only there on the label. Those who advocate homeopathic medicine argue that the substance doesn’t need to be there, it has left its “influence” on the water or other harmless materials in the medicine. This is of course utter nonsense, it is not possible for a chemical or element to leave an imprint, some kind of force on air or water not containing it. If this were so, then the air we breath and the water we drink are themselves homeopathic medicines; no need to bother with the little pills, just breathe! Now, if we are talking of medicines, it is usual, nay a legal requirement, to test them thoroughly before they are marketed. One of the final tests, is the so-called double blind trial. Controlled groups of patients or human guinea pigs are given either the medicine itself or a placebo. In a double blind trial, neither the person administering the medicine nor the patient knows if it is a placebo or truly the medicine. By this means, those running the experiment can best assess whether or not a medicine has an effect. It is claimed by the advocates of homeopathic medicines that double blind trials have been carried out and shown to have worked. These claims must be taken with a great deal of scepticism, the conventional medical establishment is of the opinion that any such trials were conducted incorrectly. However, it has also been shown by conventional medical experimentation that the placebo effect is a very important one in bringing about cures. If people believe that they will get better, they often do so on their own resources. In other words, it can be shown that the visit to the doctor is a more important part of the cure than the pills afterwards. The placebo effect is by no means a rare or insignificant one, quite the contrary in fact. Thus we can be relatively sure that the believers in homeopathy, much of the time, will be able to justify their own argument by their belief. In other words it will work for them. But it is also quite clear that it will not always work. Not too long ago, a hospital came under severe criticism following the death of a young girl who developed diabetes. The parents took her to the hospital, but it was not made clear to them that she needed urgent and immediate treatment. The parents, advocates of natural medicines, undecided what to do, gave her homeopathic treatment whilst they thought about it. Shortly afterwards, their daughter went into a coma from which she never recovered. A classic example of where belief is not enough.
Terence Hollingworth, Blagnac, France
- Does any medicine work? And does not 80% of illness become cured without any treatment.
Matt , New York, USA
- For two groups of people, yes. Those who have faith in it, and those that sell it.
Michael Fisher, Brisbane, Australia
- In the early 1990s on BBC2’s QED, opponents of homeopathy claimed it was due to the placebo effect, and that in carefully conducted double blind tests it had failed. The programme makers then conducted an experiment to answer these criticisms. Most dairy cows suffer from mastitis (infection of the milk ducts) from time to time, treatment for which involves the vet and antibiotics, during which the milk has to be discarded. You cannot fool a cow with the placebo effect so, at the suggestion of a homeopathic vet, a large herd was divided into two groups, each with its own water trough. From two similar but suitably marked containers a liquid was poured into each trough (ie only one dose was given) and two sealed envelopes carrying the names of the substances added were given to the programme makers for safekeeping. Some weeks later, the farmer was asked about the incidence of mastitis. He explained that the incidence in one group had remained as before, whereas in the other group only one cow had required antibiotic treatment. The envelopes were opened and it was shown that the second group’s trough had been treated with a homeopathic remedy and the other with just distilled water or placebo.
Soroush Ebrahimi, (licenced homeopath) South Woodham Ferrers
- Medicines used by homeopaths are mostly diluted to the point where they could contain no molecules of the original substance. Since many scientists have had a materialistic training, their scepticism is understandable. However, the German scientist Fritz-Albert Popp, in a research programme at Kaiserslautern in the 1980s, found that all living organisms possess an electromagnetic energy field which correlates with the main vital functions. The energy readings (photon-emission) of the organisms responded to the administration of potentised medicines, but not to placebo. The French scientist Jacques Benveniste was ridiculed when he proposed that water retains a memory of a substance which has been dissolved in it and diluted beyond molecular level. However, scientists at the American Technologies Group in California recently discovered that, when a substance is dissolved in distilled water, shaken, repeatedly diluted and shaken, clusters of minute ice-crystals form in the water. These ice-crystals remain stable at high temperatures and are maintained by electromagnetic energy, their structure being unique to the substance which was dissolved. This offers a credible explanation for the “memory of water”. It appears therefore that the key to understanding the action of homeopathic remedies lies in the area of energy, as the founder of homeopathy assumed.
Alan Crook, director of studies, The College of Homeopathy London W1
- No, but the less proof there is, the more effectively it works.
Les Killip, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside
- No properly conducted study has yet produced convincing evidence that it has any more value than a placebo. The Homeopathic Medicine Research Group, convened by the European Commission, examined 184 published and unpublished reports of controlled trials of homeopathic treatments. Its report (1996) concluded that only 17 of these trials were conducted well enough to be considered. While some may have demonstrated an effect greater than a placebo, overall the number of participants in the 17 trials was too small to permit any conclusions about the effectiveness of any given treatment for a specific condition. This is not surprising. The basic principles of homeopathy, laid down by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700s (diseases are a manifestation of a “psora” or suppressed itch, the smaller the dose the greater the effect) have no demonstrable relationship with each other or with what we know about human biology. The only people for whom it could be said to “work” are hard-pressed GPs, who can pass their more persistent and intractable patients on to an “alternative” practioner, safe in the knowledge that no great harm is likely to be done. The best detailed critique of homeopathy is probably still Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions, first delivered as two lectures by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1842.
Michael Hutton, Camberwell, London SE5
- There are several levels of evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy, which has the best research profile of the alternative medical systems. Thoughtlessly disregarded by the scientific community is so-called “anecdotal evidence”, the best of which includes reports of clinical experience by homeopathic doctors who have used conventional methods with less success. Taken together, this material suggests to a fair-minded observer that something interesting is taking place. Secondly, there is some good-quality historical evidence, particularly the experience of the American and European homeopathic hospitals in the 19th century, where mortality from infectious diseases like cholera was markedly lower than in conventional hospitals. In the modern period, the Society of Homeopaths has published reports on the work of members in primary care groups in the UK. Most importantly, a significant body of scientific literature, mainly reports of clinical trials, has accumulated over the past 20 years or so. Four meta-analyses have been published, and the broad agreement is that homeopathic medicines work well. Where there is still a lack of clarity is the question of how they work. Not that a lack of understanding of mechanism ever stopped drugs and therapies being introduced into orthodox medicine.
Dr Denis MacEoin, Chairman,, The Natural Medicines Society Newcastle upon Tyne
- Alan Crook’s answer is misleading in the extreme, giving the impression that there is a well understood and widely accepted physical basis for homeopathic medicine. This is simply not true. Fritz-Albert Popp has published some 76 papers from 1980 on extremely weak light emission from living systems. A few other authors have published similar work. It has no discernable relevance to homeopathy, and the physical mechanisms are routine: 142 papers cite Popp’s work, and just three of them mention homeopathy in their titles or abstracts. Jacques Benveniste’s result has never been reliably replicated, and there is no explanation of it consistent with modern physics. The “American Technologies Group” does not appear to publish its results in standard scientific journals, and the supposed explanations regarding “electromagnetic energy” and the like use scientific parlance in an essentially meaningless way. The explanation regarding “ice crystals” is anything but credible in conventional scientific terms. But if an analysis of the literature or scientific data do not convince you of the implausibility of homeopathy, let’s try a little common sense. The glass of water I drank with my supper has had innumerable substances dissolved in it during its history, many toxic, coloured or strong tasting. Curiously it was colourless, tasteless, and did me no harm.
Prof Harvey Rutt, Highfield, Southampton
- Isn’t it strange how reading less about homeopathy makes one feel better? It struck me that this might indeed be a homeopathic effect, so I performed an experiment and cut out the two replies from the homeopathists, screwed them up and chucked them into the wastepaper basket. When I examined the hole where they had been in G2 I found, to my astonishment, that their meaning remained imprinted upon the very molecules of the atmosphere! And the meaning was that homeopathy is a load of wind.
Dick Bentley, Southampton
- I was saddened to learn that homeopathy doesn’t work. Our dog has suffered from car sickness since the day we brought her home from the RSPCA. Tablets from the vet made her groggy but didn’t stop her emptying the contents of her stomach. A friend recommended a homeopathic remedy which we now give her before each journey, and no more sickness. Now how do I tell her that it doesn’t work and it’s obviously been all in her mind?
Caroline Dearden, York
- Proponents, despite the discredited efforts of Jacques Benveniste, are facing a century of solid thermodynamics – experimental, calculational and theoretical – which defies their explanations. This is not to say that homeopathy doesn’t work, but no solution chemist will take the idea seriously until a homeopathist shows, by accepted method, how a solute-stabilised water envelope, one of Alan Crook’s “crystals”, can reform after the escape of its stabilising molecule. The tools are available and in daily use; the event has not occurred while anyone was looking. In addition, drinking water nowadays contains trace amounts of literally thousands of pollutants all of which should be exerting homeopathic effects. Wet chemistry being no respecter of human values, if homeopathy worked as described, one might expect us all to be dead.
Ferren MacIntyre, Galway, Ireland
- Many years ago my two-year-old son suffered from allergic asthma. The conventional answer then was aggressive steroid treatment which carried some risks so my wife suggested the alternative of homeopathy. She was far from convinced and I was frankly sceptical but we found a local NHS doctor who also practised as a homeopath and he prescribed a dose of something very dilute. The result was astounding. The blue, wheezing toddler turned pink within minutes, became able to breath and would usually drop into peaceful sleep. The effect was, in scientific terms, decisive, observable and entirely repeatable. Placebo effects, in this case, are as unconvincing an explanation as anything else I have read in 25 years. Like Prof Harvey Rutt I find the ideas of water memory and enormous dilution apparently risible – but the corollary of this is to find a better explanation, not to damn homeopathy as impossible. As Lavoisier, Pasteur and so many others understood, good science always fits the hypothesis to the evidence. History is littered with tales of the arrogant and the foolish who have preferred the easier route of reversing that logic or who have denied that something happens simply because they can’t explain why it does.
Chris Woolf, Liskeard, Cornwall
- If ‘water memory’ is real then it should apply to all soluble chemicals, not just those with medicinal effects. All experimental sources of error such as the placebo effect can therefore be eliminated by studying a simple system where clear-cut effects are visible. I took a blue dye and diluted it 10-fold. Its absorbance of light also decreased 10-fold. Therefore, no memory of the dye molecules was impressed on the water. If homeopathy only works for medicines, then an alternative explanation than water memory needs to be found.
Tim Vickers, Dundee, UK
- Yes there is – the results of all the homeopathic medicine provings over the past 200 years are recorded in the volumes of books called Materia Medica. If you want the proof for yourself and you are feeling brave and perhaps foolish then do a proving. Buy a bottle of Belladona 30c and take a dose (one tablet) and wait an hour or so to see if you get a fever, if not repeat several times until you do so. A note of warning – stop as soon as you start to get any symptoms or strange sensations as Belladona is known to cause hot, pulsating headaches with a high fever. It is antidoted by string coffee and camphor. If these fail to relieve then visit a homeopath.
Greg Meanwell, Totnes UK
- Absolutely none. There is no evidence whatsoever that homeopathy works because it doesn’t. It doesn’t have a mechanism of action and if it did work, it would be quite easy to prove via double blind trials. If the concept of increased strength by dilution worked, all water in a lake or from the tap would have the magical powers of fish poop. It’s foolish and illogical. No. It doesn’t do anything except make people money.
Ben Wood, Chicago USA
- There is indeed evidence that homeopathy works: A recent Swiss government’s ‘Health Technology Assessment’ report was the most comprehensive review to date of any governmental body on the scientific evidence on homeopathic medicine. The conclusion is that homeopathy is both efficatious and cost effective (Bornhoft and Matthiessen, 2011) There are many medical practices such as acupuncture that we don’t understand the mechanism for, but they clearly work even for analgesia in operations. There are no double blind trials for most surgical procedures or for most vaccinations. Your suggestion that homeopathy is just a dilution displays a high degree of ignorance of the the subject. Homeopathic medicines are never made just by a process of dilution. They are both diluted and succussed – energy is banged into the medicine at every potency. At the highest potencies it is true that the medicine might be as dilute a one drop in a lake, but a huge amound of energy has also been imparted. Dilution on its own doesn’t work and isn’t homeopathic.
Greg Meanwell, Totnes, UK
- In 1822 Constantine Hering, a bright allopathic German doctor set about writing the book that would finish off this new ‘foolish and illogical’ system. To his great credit he followed the logical sequence of actions required to do a proving of Cinchona (contains quinine) and to his amazement found that the medicine gave him the symptoms of malaria, just as Hanhemann had explained. Hering became the founding father of homeopathy in America. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. There are so many homeopaths and their patients who have tasted the pudding. If you want to prove whether it works or not, rather than just talking about it, do a proper proving over several hours as Hering did
Greg Meanwell, Totnes, UK
- Greg I’m afraid that you have failed to think critically when making your points above. The infamous “Swiss Government” report on homeopathy is nothing of the sort, it is not even by the Swiss Government, it was prepared for them and is not at all impartial. It has been thoroughly discredited and certainly does not support the notion that homeopathy works. See here for more information:- http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1628-the-swiss-endorse-homeopathy.html Secondly your comment about “a huge amound (sic)of energy has also been imparted” is simply laughable. What energy? How much energy? What is this “energy” supposed to be doing? Apart from the kinetic energy imparting a marginal increase in the temperature of the solution, no “energy” that can be detected by science will be “added”. Supporters and believers in homeopathy really should stop making stuff up in order to support their beliefs. Next you’ll be trying to drag in quantum mechanics and other areas of science that you don’t understand to support your position. Homeopathy cannot work, if it did we would have to re-write the book on physics and chemistry. In addition, when one looks at meta-analysis and Cochrane reviews of homeopathy’s performance in clinical trials there is NO evidence of any effect beyond placebo. That is not cherry picking the occasional positive results, which is what homeopathy supporters do. Positive results will happen every now and then through chance. Just looking at those results presents a skewed picture and is not scientific. Any fair minded person would accept that we should look at ALL the available evidence. That is what Cochrane reviews do. Belief something with no evidence is a “faith” position. And that is what belief in homeopathy is. It has no basis in science and cannot have the effects that its supporters claim for it.
John Marshall, Luton United Kingdom
- Homeopathy works sometimes but it does not work always. In my youth, I used to ridicule my cousin who was a homeopath giving all the scientific arguments against it. At age 28, I started getting warts on my face and shaving became so painful, blood oozing out after every shave and the infection spreading slowly to half of my facial side. I got all possible allopathic treatment but to no avail. finally I was told to have these warts electrically BURNT and that the process was quite painful. I chickened out. Then I decided to try a homeopathy and cure without consulting any homeopath. I just got an elementary book and took a dose of sulpher 30. Nothing happened. Out of frustration, I bough sulpher CM, the so-called highest potency and took a dose. Nothing happened. I took another dose, and this time my skin started burning and had red rashes and itching all over my body. I suffered for about a week and then it subsided. I was disappointed but became curious about this itching and rashes that so clearly mentioned main symptoms of SULPHER in Materia Medica. I thought these is definitely something in this solution which does have some power to torture me if not CURE ME. I studied little deeper and then took a dose of THUJA CM, only one drop, afraid it might create further trouble. I took it in the evening. Next morning, I was literally speechless when I saw my face! There was no trace of a single wart whereas half of my face was filled with these warts the previous night. That day on, I am a firm believer in homeopathy. I have no commercial or professional interest in supporting homeopathy, except to state what I experienced in my life. But Homeopathy has its downside, it is no magic. How does homeopathy work, I don’t know, and perhaps cannot be explained by anyone at this time – but it does not mean it does not work. My simple suggestion is that you should try it and see if it works. But bear in mind that homeopathic medicines are somewhat of an unsure treatment. Your best selected medicine may not work and you feel like throwing your medicines out the window. But next day, you will again find it worked for someone else for another complaint and then the conclusion one draws is: Yes, these work but not always! I failed even to treat common fever in my children using homeopathy, but cured many family and friends of much more serious ailments like depression, anxiety, high BP, skin troubles, urinary problems etc. Bottom line. Somewhat of an art, not as scientific and precise as allopathic medicines. May not work in all conditions and in all patients as is usual with allopathic medicines. Their plus point is their minimal or nil side effects. I may add that this ‘placebo effect’ theory is a pure nonsense used to ridicule homeopathic medicines. I reiterate: please try it yourself and then report back on your findings. Many people including me, who have used these medicines and found that they DO work are neither half-wits nor professionally motivated homeopaths. And I do add that these are not magical either and may fail in many cases. Simply because we do not understand their method of action so we cannot decide in a scientific manner which medicine is to be prescribed. It is all based upon a physician’s knowledge of the Materia Medica and his experience in the art of healing that decides which medicines and which potency may provide a cure. It is not like prescribing a standard set of allopathic medicines for a given condition. This weakness makes the homeopathic system somewhat unscientific; that is not 100% sure to work for a given person’s ailment. But it also does not mean that where these work it is merely a placebo effect!
Ali Hassan, Islamabad Pakistan
- You could have saved a lot of time and energy by writing Is there any proof homeopathic medicine works. No!
- Homeopathy does work. As an Indian American, I can attest it works. When I was a young child about 1 year of age in India, I started getting convulsions every time I got ill & had high fevers. My folks tried all the traditional treatments including Anti-convulsants to no avail. It would just make me worse. In quite a few instances, my eye pupils would constantly shift when taking anti-convulsants. My folks took me to the best of doctors including German Physicians who were trained in Conventional Medicing( aka Allopathy). Now they were coming as doctors in Southern India beginning in the 1960s. Long story short, my father finally took me at the age of 4 to a Homeopathic doctor he met a few years earlier. He gave me a dose of Belladoma 30c. Once taking this, all the boils & hives filled w/ pus appeared on my body especially on my spine and on the top & back of my head. My grandma & mother panicked, but the doctor said continue the course, and apply some appointment on the head after a few days. A month after the 1st medicine, he said take Sulphur 30c to complement the initial medicine. Now this doctor wasn’t a “Licensed Physician” back when my father first met him a few years before in 1976. However he cured my Dad’s illness with “psora”, an itch, he had over a 4 year period when he accidentally met him at the bank my father worked at. When he had the itch, his face would swell up when he digested any meats or fats such as butter. He was also physically fragile. However after giving him Lycopodium 30c, his itching went away. Hives came & oozed out, and he gained several pds ( 8 to be exact, after a few weeks due to normal eating.) Even when me moved to the U.S., homeopathy has worked for us, not for everything, but most things. The key is to understand the principles of the Medicine & also how to research it in the Materia Medica & Repertory. Have a good day.
Cedric, Fort Lauderdale USA
- First look at: TED website for video “Ben Goldacre: What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe” I have been having homeopathy medication since childhood. It has been particularly found to be effective in coughs and colds; healing of wounds; headaches; breathing problems; skin problems; many categories/types of pain sensations that allopathic medicine does NOT document to even the slightest degree. I have “very sparingly” had painkillers or other common allopathic medication in the last 35 years of my life which , like any other man, has not been totally free from illnesses or ailments from time to time. Homeopathy IS effective. It is not just a hoax. It is being administered and consumed by many. Our approach is generally wrong in understanding subtle medications, as we are incorrectly depending on “measuring” their effects by physical machines/methods, instead of making mass comparisons on how people switched to homeopathy when allopathy did not owe results- and how it has worked. It is well known that how medical councils around the world have been dismissing alternative medicine. It is just like trying to measure “bliss” (not just happiness). Bliss can be measured only by reduction/absence of “non-bliss” symptoms and not by conventional methods. Do not talk about physics, as its laws are ever-changing/in flux. Take nano technology for instance, take the emergence of even more smaller sub-atomic particles very recently discovered. Remember, the material world is all 99% space and pure energy, and our perception of “matter” or “mass” is just due to the limitations of resolution level of our senses. You can validate this by atomic physics texts and know that 99% or more of the volume occupied by a molecule or even an atom IS empty space !!
Utk, Delhi India
- Of course homeopathy works. Here’s proof: I had the hiccups once, I rubbed some natural organic aloe on my neck, and my hiccups went away. Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that natural organic aloe on your neck cures hiccups. And just because there’s no nuance on the internet, my example was how the homeopathy arguments always go. Anecdotal evidence is weak, and correlation is not causation.
Dr. Emilio Sanchez, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
- Do homeopathic medicines work? Yes, not the medicines but the talkativeness of the homeopath. It takes some hours in every case for a homeopath to draw a conclusion about which medicine should be given. The way they question the patient really does the magic and their confidence (rather I should say over-confidence) makes the patient believe them without second opinion. Many patients say that are experimenting with homeo medicines to check whether it works or not, but in reality they are already convinced and are just trying to get some improvement to stand as a strong supporter of homeopathy. Homeo dosen’t work through placebo effect, but works through logical convincing effect. I have heard somewhere from some homeopath that they carried out successful placebo control trails on animals. Is it really possible to do blind studies with homeopathy medicines on any living being, since homeopaths claim that no two patients get the same medicine in homeopathy? No one knows how homeopathic medicines work, including homeopaths!!. How can a homeopath suggest a medicine without knowing how it works? Dosen’t it sound strange?? Many homeopaths claim that it is a science invented by modern doctors, but do you think that the medicine in 18cen was the same as what we see today? Did Hahnemann know what surgery and antibiotics were? He tried to find something new, because the procedures adopted in those days were crude. He cannot be considered as a modern doctor as he dosen’t know anything about advanced medical science. Homeopathy is fake. In the 19th Centuary, homeopaths claimed that their treatments contained some amount of medicine, but since science has found no medicine in them, they now claim that water and alcohol have memory. I will say petrol, natural gas also has some memory. Would a homoepath accept my claim? If he rejects it, on what grounds he can reject me, since he himself is in a big dilemma about the water memory concepts? People have emotions and homeopaths are tactically using that. A homeopath on some Indian website mentioned that herbal medicines don’t have any effect on complaints – I don’t know with what material he is preparing homeo medicines. Herbal medicines also should be rejected if they do not have a scientific base, but blind studies are possible with them and effect can be standardized through phytochemical studies. When a homeopath doesn’t how his medicine works, how can he suggest a medicine to a patient? Work in genes stimulates internal energy bla bla bla ……. no one knows how it works. They do some logical convincing and make some magic, if it’s true that what homeopaths are doing in cancer, HIV etc. is really effective. What happened to their so called immuno stimulative medicines, where immuno deficiency is the chief cause for AIDS? Many homeopaths are taking allopathic medicines for diabetes and hypertension – can’t they live with their super-power homeo medicines? Homeopathy has no role in its mother country. Is it really possible for a homeopath to treat a case without logical convincing? No, it is absolutely impossible as the convincing is the power which imparts medicinal properties to sugar pills. Once in my child hood I challenged a homeopath that I would swallow all the pills from 3 bottles of 30X potency homeopathic medicines, which he said were very powerful. He said that he would not be responsible if something happened to me. I added those pills to my coffee as a supplement to sugar and nothing happened after taking them. When I asked, he said that they work when a problem is there and do no harm when no disease is there!!! This is what homeopathy is. Beware of quacks. I am sorry if I have some mistakes in English, but I hope everybody understands the internal meaning of it. It is not important for the patient to know how his treatment works on him, but what if his doctor doesn’t know how it works on his patient?
suriraghuram, Rajamundry, India
- Homeopathy only works for the worried well. It works best for those ailments which do well with no treatment; colds, headaches, pruritis ani etc. Try using it for a compound fractured femur or a penetrating injury to the eye and see just how effective it will be. If it has not been proven to work by now it simply can’t be proven. The only people who believe it works are Homeopaths and they have a financial incentive to believe in it, don’t they?
Michael Walsh, Sydney Australia
- I’ve tried Homeopathy and it is just useless. Don’t waste your money.
Barbara Lamb, Vancouver Canada
- Yep, homeopathy is right up there with numerology, palm reading, tea leaf reading, crystals, astrology and tarrot cards – it’s all utter rubbish.
Chris Carter, Christchurch, New Zealand
- It seems to me that homeopathy is to the school medicine what a christian is to an atheist.
Sylvia O’Neill, Melvourne Australia
- I firstly would like to commend J. Burgess from Norwich on his very detailed and clear explanation. Well articulated. I’ve been given homeopathic medication that is supposed to be taken for 6 months, and it’s 2 months now and I have yet to feel the difference. However, I have been told that the recovery process is slow with these medicines (which is why my dosage runs till 6 months!), mainly because of the diluted content. I think the medication I was given (white balls of sugar with a little the chemical medicine). Anyway – I will report closer to the date or when I start noticing improvements.
Monica, India Australia
- Homeopathy does work. those who say it doesn’t can not think beyond molecules or atoms.
Navin, Kanpur, India
- It seems the main aggressors and skeptics in this argument are people from Commonwealth systems and the U.K., ah ever the arrogant and obnoxious British people are.
Franz Peiper, Germany
- I didn’t hear or see anyone suffering from Laryngitis being admitted in ER. But I had to be twice or thrice during my high school days through my under graduation. The disease was sort of killing me from inside with its 3-4 times a month attack throughout the year. Interestingly, a little less frequently (once a month on an average), I was also troubled by diarrhoea. Almost same number of years I was suffering from both of them-more than 7 years. And allopathy/antibiotics miserably failed to promise me a cure. I did not have faith in homeo at that time. I wondered how such a tiny pill without any visible ingredients and something that anyone could fill in a bottle could treat any ailment. But, like drowning man catching a straw, I visited a homeopath whose articles were published in my native state’s vernacular magazine off and on. I thank that homeopath Dr.Yusuf ( who is no more) and my patience for my life free from the scourge of Laryngitis and diarrhoea. Here I must admit – it took almost 8 months to cure.But I am a liberated man. I don’t fear cold thing, winter, dust etc. or spicy food, oily food etc.
A. K. Medhi, Guwahati, India
- I’d like to state here that homoeopathy medicines are made to cure diseases. I have been consuming them since my childhood days and have found them to be very interesting as well as helpful too. They are beneficial in treating both acute and chronic health conditions. In fact, it has a solution for every chronic disease, even those that have been given the label of incurable by other systems of medicine. It is very easy to take homeopathic medicines. Usually, they are given to the patient in the form of sweet sugar pills that are tasty to eat. Thus, kids become ready to consume them. These medicines are inexpensive, when compared to allopathic and ayurvedic drugs and thus are very much affordable. The diagnostic procedure of homeopaths is hassle free and doesn’t involve expensive time-consuming tests. They rely on the patient’s symptoms and accordingly give them doses. This treatment not just helps in healing the immediate problem but also leads to overall health improvement. It is suitable for persons of all age groups. It is non-toxic and produces absolutely no chemical side effects.
Subhanshu Tewari, Agra, India
- No. Do you know what they call alternative medicine that works? MEDICINE! If you catch a cold and leave it alone it will take 7 days to leave, but use homeopathic pills and it’ll be gone in a week! Don’t be so gullible that you reject the common sense you were born with.
Edward Jenkinson, Darlington, United Kingdom
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