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unblinkered said on 16 July 2010

I am disappointed with this account of what homepathy is meant to be. There are several inaccuracies in the description, for example suggesting the Samuel Hahnemann had 'ideas' without explaining where he got them from! He was very much involved in the medicine of his time and was trying to find better ways of treating people, and his ideas developed from his practice as a medical doctor as well as observing the action of conventional medicines. He did a lot of research and his ideas developed as a result of his findings. Secondly, the preparation of homeopathic remedies is a combination of dilution and sucsussion, not 'succession' as stated in the description. Thirdly, the provings are not carried out as stated, they are done over a period of several weeks by healthy participants who keep a daily journal of all the effects of the remedy (physical, mental and emotional) and when the proving is complete (ie no more symptoms have appeared) the results are compared and the common ones or very intense ones are entered in the Materia Medica of the remedy. I have used this system of medicine for over 20 years, not only on my family but also on pets, newborn babies and people who did not know they were receiving the remedy, and have found it extremely effective. I therefore consider that there is more than the 'placebo effect' going on. Just because at present science has no proof or acceptable explanation of how it can work, does not mean that it doesn't work. Science cannot explain how gravity or magnetism works, we just have some theories but no actual explanation, but we all know that they work! There are also plenty of pharmaceutical medicines whose action is not understood, but that doesn't stop doctors from using them or, come to that, the NHS from spending vast sums of money on providing them!! I could go on, but can't see the point in trying to convert those people whose 'interests' are at stake or those who believe them!