FAQ 20 – Would you want to receive homeopathic treatment?

No. What we accuse homeopathy of is not the placebos it prescribes, but its unwavering adherence to scientifically untenable ideas. The fact that homeopathy was able to hold its own with us at all is due to the "multiplication factor patient", who obviously honours the image of the method that "the human being and not …

FAQ 18 – “Homeopath” and “Alternative Practitioner” – what’s the difference?

In the following, the situation of homeopathic physicians and alternative practicioners in Germany is described. In everyday language, the terms "homeopath" and "alternative practitioner" (here meant: the German "Heilpraktiker") are often confused. First of all, a "homeopath" is simply someone who is practising homeopathy. But there are two completely different ways to get there (1): …

FAQ 17 – But mistakes also happen in medicine!

More generally, the errors of medicine do not automatically make homeopathy an effective procedure It is undisputed that errors and grievances in medicine cause more damage than there are reported errors in pseudomedicine, and we have no doubts about that at any point. Nevertheless, it must be stated that medical errors are by no means …

FAQ 16 – Homeopathy works with subtle vibration / energy / information!

"Homoeopathy works with energy or information transfer and effects via electromagnetic oscillations." This sounds plausible right away, but without more concrete information there is plenty of scope for one's own interpretation. Let's take a closer look: During potentiation, water (or alcohol) is mixed with the desired healing substance and shaken (= mother tincture, homeopathic stock). …

FAQ 14 – Why have homeopaths to prove that homeopathy works?

"Miracle cure for cancer! Miracle cure for cancer! Folks, buy my miracle cure for cancer! Just invented, mechanism of action unclear, efficacy not proven ..." Fortunately, such a thing must not happen again in today's medicine. Before a new drug (or a new therapy) can be launched on the market, a plausible theoretical model of …

FAQ 13 – But there is more than (natural) science!

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet, 1st act, 5th scene, William Shakespeare, around 1602 This quote by Shakespeare is often used in discussions about homeopathy. This is intended to express the meaning that science and "orthodox medicine" don't represent the ultimate wisdom. But what …

FAQ 12 – Oh, you can’t trust studies anyway!

Many people have internalised a basic distrust of "scientific studies". They consider that study results are worthless because they depend solely on the interests of the person who conducted and/or funded the study. However, very few people have an idea of the many and sophisticated instruments, criteria and processes in science - and thus also …

FAQ 11 – But there are studies that show that homeopathy works!

"It takes more than a swallow to make a summer" There are numerous positive studies on homeopathy! This argument is regularly put forward by advocates of homeopathy. The conclusion is then drawn that the effectiveness of homeopathy has been proven. The argument is correct, but the conclusion is wrong for several reasons. There are currently …

FAQ 10 – And if it’s just a placebo, what does it matter?

Many people understand that homeopathy is only based on placebo effects. But they ask the question: "What does it matter? As long as the patient is better, it's all the same." But is it honest? At least the therapists should know whether they are prescribing real medicine or just sham drugs. And is it ethically …

FAQ 09 – Placebo effect means conceit, doesn’t it?

Many people think: placebos ("sham drugs") would be only effective in patients who imagine illnesses - and therefore also improvements - and in unstable people who can be easily influenced. But that is not true. Placebos work in all people - more or less strongly. Health research knows that 20-90% of all patients (depending on numerous …

FAQ 07 – He who heals is right! And that means – ?

Statement right - common understanding wrong The laurels for a cure (better: recovery) are always given to the "professional" who is nearby. Thus the "ritual waiting until it becomes good on it's own" gets the quality of the causation. The sentence most frequently used in discussions about homeopathy is "He who heals is right". If this …

FAQ 05 – Why does homeopathy not work?

Homeopaths ascribe the effect of homeopathy to the homeopathic remedies (globules or drops, tablets or other dosage forms). They therefore rely on a specific medicinal effect which can be attributed solely to the homeopathic method. We are certain that homeopathy can bring about changes, but that these cannot be due to the theoretical explanations Hahnemann …

FAQ 08 – It also helps with children and animals – they can’t imagine the effect!

"Homeopathics also work on babies, toddlers and animals. So it can't be a placebo effect!" This or similar arguments are often used when it comes to whether homeopathy is effective in children or not and whether homeopathy is a pure placebo therapy. But what exactly does the placebo effect mean? "I will help you" Originally, …

FAQ 04 – How can the “effect” of homeopathy be explained?

We don't claim that homeopathy has no effect at all. We only deny that it has the specific medicinal effect that homeopaths attribute to it and also that it works through "energy" and "information". However, there are effects and changes that can occur during homeopathic treatment, but which cannot be attributed to the cause of …

FAQ 03 – Homeopathy is gentle and natural – why should it do any harm?

Homeopathy is different from what many think Many consumers associate homeopathy with "purely herbal" and/or naturopathy. Basically (according to the self-conception of homeopathy) everything can develop to a "homeopathic remedy", even plants. However, the drops, globules, tablets, ointments and injection solutions are often made from completely different materials: toxic chemical elements, animal and even disease products …

FAQ 02 – And what do you have against homeopathy?

If explained as a placebo treatment to the patient and applied by an experienced doctor in mutual informed consent: a few objections. Applied outside medicine: even less. But as the highly specific, natural drug therapy it claims to be, we think it's wrong. Many patients and therapists believe that homeopathy works specifically as a method. …
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