Homeopathic doesn’t mean natural, or herbal, or home remedy. Drugs labeled homeopathic adhere to a specific eighteenth century theory, that is since very much disproven but still in use thanks to a loophole in Food and Drug Administration policy. The idea is that you can treat a disease with a drug that would cause the same symptoms (“like cures like”) so long as you reverse the drug’s effect by diluting it to infinitesimal quantities.

Via Lifehacker

To put it another way, if we give you a sugar pill or water with the suggestion of an ingredient related to your symptoms, and you’re cured, it’s probably the placebo effect.

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