Homeopathy - placebo or panacea?
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Guess you'll just have to keep waiting for an answer to this one, Ben. I don't know what a homeopathy is nor do I know what a panacea or a placebo is. Ask Jeff, I bet he does.
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine based on the idea that "like cures like".
A panacea is a "cure-all" and a placebo is a "fake" medical intervention (e.g. a sugar pill with no medicinal properties being given as a medicine).
I should probably just have asked if people think homeopathy works, but I was feeling poetic :)
And a good job you did, sir. The poetry I could emphathize with.
Total Answers: 2, Total Page Views: 612.Homeopathy has been used for hundreds of years, and homeopathic hospitals used to be part of the UK National Health System. Homeopathy is the use of a very weak solution of a substance which in higher doses would cause the symptoms of the condition it is used to treat. Strangely, the weaker the solution of the homeopathic remedy, the stronger the effect. When a liquid homeopathic remedy is prepared it is shaken many times, and this is said to activate the remedy. It probably works by stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms,
Homeopathic remedies may be used to treat specific conditions or may be used by trained homeopaths at the consitutional level to bring the whole body back into balance. For the best results the remedy, whether in pill or liquid form, should be taken under the tongue at least 15 minutes before or after food or drink. Pills should not be touched by the fingers but either dropped under the tongue or onto a clean teaspoon from the bottle. Some substances - coffee, mint, onions and garlic - are said to interfere with the effects of the remedy and should not be taken during treatment.
I have used homepathic remedies and found them to be very effective.
Homeopathic hospitals used to be part of the UK's NHS, but proved ineffective compared to evidence-based medicine.
If it supposedly works by stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms then homeopaths need to explain how we evolved amazing healing mechanisms that don't work properly without homeopathic intervention!
The bizarre restrictions imposed by some homeopaths (no coffee, no mint toothpaste etc) seem to have been decided on a whim - no clinical trials have been presented to show that these factors make any difference to the effectiveness of the homeopathic remedies.
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