Does Homeopathy Work?

This week Reactions pits homeopathy and alternative medicine against science and chemistry to answer the question–does it work?

Homeopathy is a category of “alternative medicine” that emerged some 200 years ago. But does it work? Well, we’ve done our research. While a growing number of people are turning to such remedies to treat a range of health conditions, the majority of data in peer-reviewed scientific literature does not support its effectiveness.

0:23: This example more accurately describes allergen immunotherapy, rather than homeopathy.
3:46: Not all homeopaths and homeopathic manufacturers promote homeopathic products as alternatives to conventional medicines to treat or avoid life threatening acute health conditions.
3:57: In the U.S., homeopathic medicine manufacturers are subject to FDA oversight with regards to their production facilities. However, unlike for conventional medications, homeopathic products are not reviewed by FDA for efficacy or safety.

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