Homeopathic medicine is based on the dilution of substances to a point where the ratio is often times one part per million. An incredibly insignificant level. This level by traditional medicinal standards is worthless. Homeopathy believes that when substances are diluted before consumption, the smaller levels of the active ingredients will give the body guidance on how to heal itself. To put the idea of dilution versus dosage to the test, take an ingredient found in both homeopathy and Chinese traditional medicine: slippery elm bark. Chinese medicine would take the herb and create a combination of this herb combined with others into a tea. The dosage of the herbs can be measured in milligrams. This tea will assist in healing the body by providing valuable nutrients and chemicals. In homeopathic medicine, the active ingredient will be diluted many times over to where the term "milligram" is far from relevant. The chemicals themselves do not heal heal the body, but guide it as to how to heal itself.
How does this concept of guided healing play out in terms of statistics? Once the anecdotes and post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacies are weeded out, things do not shine too brightly on homeopathic medicine. A common defense homeopaths use to fight scientific trials are that a one size fits all approach is used instead of changing the remedies slightly depending on things such as what type of sore throat it is, the sound of the cough, where the headache hurts the most, and so on. Homeopaths believe that remedies must change with these mild symptom differences. In attempting to find out this "perfect" balance of ingredients in their remedies, several remedies may be prescribed and enough time passed for the illness to have subsided naturally if one were fighting an illness such as influenza. The real cure in homeopathy, is time.
Homeopaths often stay their course because they wish to avoid adverse side effects, which are often an issue with modern medicine. In this way, they demand a more perfect world. Either that, or they wish modern medicine to advance to such a level that no negatives exist with it. Until such a time were to come, they would seemingly prefer to revert to remedies which predate germ theory. Modern medicine's advancement has been chronological and based on a building block system which allows us to see what went wrong and work to improve our methods in the future. Homeopathy lacks a building block capability and does not work to improve itself. Homeopaths in this way would rather stay in the dark, away from evidence and progress.
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