The Daily Mail article says:
“There is no doubt that many people — including the vast majority of scientists — regard homeopathy with extreme scepticism.
With its medieval-sounding ingredients, such as poison ivy, cat’s milk, common toad, all delivered in highly diluted, vanishingly minuscule amounts, how can it possibly work?
Developed in the 1790s by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, homeopathy is based on the idea that, in tiny doses, like cures like. So if you have inflammation, for example, then very small amounts of substances such as bee sting or poison ivy could reduce it.
Remedies, often given as a tablet, but sometimes as a tincture or drops, are used for a particular problem — muscle pain or asthma, for instance — or for general wellbeing.
‘Like cures like’ may not sound a million miles from some more conventional medical treatments, for instance in immunotherapy for allergies, where a patient is exposed to a tiny amount of the allergen (such as pollen) in a controlled way, or vaccines which expose someone to a safe dose of a particular virus to train the immune system.”
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