True homeopathic remedies are often criticized by allopathic physicians because the remedies are so dilute that no molecules of the active ingredients remain. Advocates of homeopathy reply that the homeopathic remedies retain some sort of memory of the active ingredients even after they have gone, in much the same way that a soft pillow can recall the shape of a head even after the person has left.
I applaud the gentleness of homeopathy. Do any of the remedies really work? Or are they all just placebos? The highly respected British Medical Journal contains a fascinating study in the August 19-26, 2000 issue. In a carefully controlled, rigorously scientific study of 50 allergy sufferers, a homeopathic preparation for nasal allergies reduced symptoms by 28%, while a placebo reduced symptoms by only 3%. We have much to learn from the intersection of conventional science and homeopathy, but these results suggest that this is a very fruitful area to explore.