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Homeopathy may be the most controversial but also the most popular alternative medicine. While some argue against it, others swear by its great power and effectiveness. How does homeopathy work? How did it become what it is today, and what can modern medicine learn from it? The first principle of homeopathy is “like cures like.” Remedies use ingredients that cause the symptoms you want to cure. In practice, that means that remedies against fever could, for example, be made from belladonna, which also causes fever. A mixture based from bee venom is used to treat itchy swellings, and so on. The second principle is the special method of preparation called potentization. The idea is that diluting and agitating the ingredients activates their curative powers and enhances their effect. To do this, the ingredient is dissolved in alcohol or distilled water. Homeopaths take one part of the solution and mix it with nine parts of water, diluting it down to one tenth of its original concentration, and shaking it. What you have now is a 1X potency: one-part ingredient and nine parts solvent, named after the Roman numeral X, for 10. Now, this process is repeated. Take one part, mix it with nine parts of pure water and shake it vigorously. Now you have 2X. You do this again and again until you reach the desired grade of potency. The finished remedy is then taken orally, or sometimes it’s applied as little sugar pellets that are sold as globuli. A 20X potency, for example, is like dissolving one aspirin pill in the water volume of the whole Atlantic. But many are much more extreme, like 30C, for example. C means that the mixture has one part ingredient and 99 parts water. So the commonly sold 30C mixture means one part ingredient and one million billion billion billion billion billion BILLION parts of water. If we wanted a globuli pill with a single atom of the original ingredient, then our pill would be the diameter of the distance between the Earth and the Sun. 150,000,000 kilometers A pill so massive, that it would collapse into a black hole under its own mass. Because of this, potentization is one of the biggest criticisms of homeopathy. The extreme dilution is supposed to make the ingredients more potent, but on a physical level, this doesn’t really make sense. Most homeopathic remedies are diluted so much that not a single atom of the active ingredient is left in them. The explanation of why the mixtures still work is that shaking the mixture after every dilution leaves behind a spirit-like essence of the ingredient. Basically, the idea is that water remembers what was put into it. But if this were true, then every substance that ever met a drop of water would leave an essence behind and lead to unpredictable effects when it was accidentally ingested. Think of all the stuff that lives and floats in the oceans. Every sip of water would be a supercharged homeopathic cocktail. So how did homeopathy become the most successful alternative medicine? In the 18th century, medicine was very different from today. Treatments like bloodletting left the patient worse off than before. So German physician Samuel Hahnemann wanted a non-invasive, natural way of healing and developed homeopathy. And, in fact, homeopathic hospitals were soon successful because doing no harm beats doing harm. Hahnemann imposed very strict rules on his patients. First you had to avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, spicy food, sweet food. No old cheese, no onions, no meat. No clothes made from sheep’s wool, but also no sedentary work, no sitting inside in stuffy air, no warm rooms, no riding horses, no napping, no playing games, no masturbation, and of course, no reading pornographic texts, and many more. Then, and only then, would his remedies work, according to the inventor of homeopathy. Of course, all of these instructions are ignored and not talked about today. Medicine has changed a lot in the last 150 years. Never before in human history have we enjoyed a comparable level of health. Never have we lived as long, and this is largely due to the new tools we’ve developed. Modern diagnostics, double-blinded studies, and scientific evaluation to check and prove which stuff works. Thanks to these tools, after countless studies and reviews, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that homeopathy does not have any effect beyond placebo. But even so, who cares why it works if it helps people? Maybe you tried it and felt better, or you know someone that got over a horrible disease while using homeopathic remedies, and there are plenty of reports of it working for children and animals. What do we make of these experiences? The Placebo Effect is very real and not imaginary. No matter how smart you are, you’re not immune to it. If people believe that something will help them feel better, their trust alone has the desired effect. And it’s been proven that the Placebo Effect can be transferred. Children and animals rely on their parents or keepers and are in tune to their emotions. If a parent has a lot of trust in a treatment and eases up, this can help a child relax and help relieve symptoms. This could also be observed with animals who react strongly to the body language cues of the people caring for them. But the most powerful tool of homeopathy is time. Our bodies are survival machines. Infections pass on their own after a few days. But if you take some remedy when you already feel sick, and then start getting better, it feels like it did indeed cure you, when actually, it would have happened anyway. The homeopathy industry likes to play the gentle alternative to Big Pharma. But the homeopathic industry IS Big Pharma. Billions of dollars are made with extreme profit margins. The homeopathy industry has its own lobby organizations and fights its enemies as hard as it can. A lot of money is on the line. Globally, the market is expected to reach over 17 billion by 2024. Some critics even argue that the homeopathic industry is bad for public health because it creates distrust in proven medicine. The belief in homeopathy correlates with skepticism about vaccinations. This can discourage people to seek the help they need when their lives or the lives of their children are on the line. But there is actually a key to the success of homeopathy that we could, and should, copy. The first consultation with a homeopath can take hours and is very personal. For a patient who’s already been on a pilgrimage from doctor to doctor, this level of attention and empathy can make a huge difference to their well-being, even if the conversation was not the point of the therapy. Modern medicine is efficient. It saves millions of lives each year. But it’s also a strictly organized system. Tight budgets force doctors and nurses to deal with lots of patients. Consultations need to be time-efficient, diagnoses made quickly, treatments fast, which can leave patients feeling invisible, scared, and left behind. This is what modern medicine can learn from homeopathy. It meets a human need that has been left unfulfilled. We need to make time for the individual again. See people, not numbers. But as important as empathy is, it’s not a substitute for actual treatment. Faith can move mountains, but sugar water can’t cure cancer. After a short break of a few years, Kurzgesagt is back in German. Thanks to the support of Funk, we have relaunched the German channel and are beginning to upload a video every 1-2 weeks. Besides redoing our favorite videos, there’ll be a number of videos that will not exist in English for a while. Check out the channel here, tell us what you think, and subscribe and watch a few. If the channel goes well, the German videos might become a regular thing for years, and we might even do more languages.

100 thoughts on “Homeopathy Explained – Gentle Healing or Reckless Fraud?

  1. Indian government is going to give homeopathy doctors licence for modern medicine with 6 months training. 😂😂😂

  2. My relatives believe that homeopathy can cure my allergies….
    Wow! I didn't know that sugar water could effortlessly solve a mind-numbingly complex immune disregulation!

  3. My nom and sister is so angry and calls this video fake cause homeopathy cured my mom many times and it also removed stones from my sister without any operation. Well to be honest if they believe in it and it works for them so I dont mind , but my view is I don't take any medicines at all , I only believe in my immunity and I'm a 22 year old healthy adult (who is lazy) but fit

  4. Instead of giving this crappy information, why don't u do a research on how homoeopathy is famous around the world.nothing exit without truth..

  5. It didn't worked for me in the beginning. I had issues with my sleep. I used to sleep for 4 hrs for almost 8yrs, my health was effected. I tried several homeopathy institutes but never worked. I got to know a good doctor name and tried medicine for 10months. Now can able to Sleep for 7 to8hrs. It's not at all changes in life style or any other. I can believe in doctor not simply any homeo medicine.

  6. Kurzgesagt u are an asshole. Homeopathy is not only about dilution. What do you think the homeopathic tablets are made of ? And homeopathy really works. It cured my allergy from which I was suffering for more than a year. No allopathic medicine was working on me instead allopathic medicine increased my allergy. But homeopathy cured my allergy in just a month..

  7. Oh yeah you dying from stage four pancreatic cancer? Just drink some if this sugar water and you'll be good as new!

  8. Fantastically misleading video 🖒👌 i love the part where it makes mention of how most pharmacological treatments are derived from homeopathic and natural sources🖒
    Also this video lies with regards to scientific research. Its proven fact majority of published documents are falsified thanks to results based funding .
    Tho i mean this would convince the average idiot quite well that homeopathy hasnt any medicinal capacity.

  9. for the ones in the comment section bashing homeopathy blue and black. Lemme tell you my own story.
    I was diagnosed with psoriasis which is like a chronic skin disorder. I took allopathy before, however, they turned out to be extremely effective for a very short time since it hid the patches and stuff pretty much at god speed instantly. However, its like a rabid dog which I was feeding and when it felt like it, it came back with no intention of returning. I was worried about my kidney as well. One day one of my father's docs advised me to visit a homeopath. I did and took their sugar pills. I was on it for 2 months with all those restrictions (i pat myself for that self control i had) and trust me when i say that my shampooing frequency has drastically dropped and those patches are slowly and steadily healing. Yesterday my docs added one more med into the arena and says it will take around 2 years at the very least, but i am ready, cause if it cures me of my chronic condition, i can do with the temporary sacrifices (jeez he even banned my meat and egg yesterday ;__;)

    So the key in homeopathy is patience and self control cause it doesn't treat you, it cures you.

  10. Well it wored for my synus an uncurable condition only treated with surgery. When I went to the doctor again after 6 months he said the synus lobe is gone.

  11. the visual of a bird using a flamethrower to put out a flame is fucking hilarious matched with Kurzgesagt's calm voice.

  12. Just a thought over the hermes caduceus you guys used on this animation (hermes is for comerce), the right image for medicine is the Esculapio's caduceus, that is made of one stick an one sanke on it, just ofr acurracy. 🙂

  13. Yeah… maybe if it didn't cost your own organs to get a medical degree… we might have enough doctors to give time to each patient 😀

  14. Don't mix up this shit with herbal medicine as that often has some active chemicals within the pills but still – most times normal medicine has a similar compound with less toxicity
    (E.g willow bark vs aspirin)

  15. So people will spend an ungodly amounts of money on water and the idea that there was medicine in it once upon a time? I am quitting my job and starting a homeopathy business!

  16. if even after infinite dilution the medicine leaves its essence in water than by going by this logic we must not drink any water either because it might be possible that the water came from a sewage treatment plant after being purified

  17. Before i ever heard about homepathy i always seen something that work instantly and here is the proof. When u cut onions it make u tear down,now eat alittle onion before u cut it or just put over ur head,u wont have a single tear,ur eyes will not hurt at all.
    So simply test right? Try it out all u need is a onion 🙂

  18. 1:18 Yes I want than you make videos un spanish because I'm a person who live in Lima Peru AND I speake spanish

  19. You should also talk about medical bias with regards to gender and race; homeopathy and alternative medicine is shit, but it makes women and non-white patients feel listened to when it comes to painful symptoms.

  20. homeopathy is not fake science. anyone who came here just bcoz they want to try it but are skeptical, don't read negative comments about it. homeopathy stimulates our vital force like acupuncture stimulates it with needles. really, its a careful slap to ou vital force which then reacts to it by countering its effect and in this process, it heals our health issue homeopathy introduce disease in the body just like a vaccine introduce dead bacteria so that our immunity can react to it. so if you are battling with any chronic or acute disease and not finding your solution in allopathy,try homeopathy but the only thing is that there are very few genuine homeopaths left. finding a good homeopath is more difficult than finding the cure. good luck.

  21. My anti-vaxx cousin decided to try homeopathy and other alt meds after he was diagnosed with lymphoid cancer. The funeral was cheaper than the treatment.

  22. My dad is a homeopath and he also has bipolar and Schizophrenia and he is very obsessive about homeopathy to the point that he thinks the founder of homeopathy is his spirit guide or bullshit.

  23. cdc: every vaccine can cause death and serious injury

    pro vax parent: time for vaccines children, if you do get harmed we can apply for vaccine damage payment.

  24. Sorry……. not buying your DEVIL FILLED LIES BIG PHARMA…….. The Truth still REMAINS….. you are of SATAN and you are not out to HEAL NO ONE but only MAKE THEM SICK and KEEP THEM SICK so you can keep making your EVIL PROFIT…….. AGENDA 21…. GEORGIA GUIDESTONES…….. Pharmacy comes from the Greek Word Pharmakeia….it means Sorcery, Casting Spells, Making magic potions and WITCHCRAFT…… The HOLY BIBLE warns us about EVIL BIG SORCERY PHARMA……It says many will be DECEIVED by their EVIL SORCERY …Read Revelation 18:23

  25. Though its a legit point,doctors and hospitals simply don't have the time for a nice long chat.Every second spent being nice to one patient is a second you could be spending diagnosing someone else.Multiple hospitals are underfunded,understuffed and overworked.Adding another load on them,especially when many of them are on the verge of breaking,is absolutely impossible.If people would like their doctor to have nice long chats with them,they would have to actually give a shit about their health,reducing the total amount of useless doctor appointments preventable issues like alcohol or smoking cause and also voting for people who will funnel more money for health care rather than show.

  26. Brillaint work..Kindly do a reserach into ancient indian medical system called AYURVEDA, or also called herbal medicine and post a video ..Thanks

  27. So many inaccuracies in this video. If you rely on this video to tell you what is real without doing your own research you are missing out on something that actually works. Me and my entire family have used homeopathy and love it. I have tried to see if it would work on people who are outside my family and are sceptical and it works too. Many studies show it works beyond the placebo affect and it's super cheap. Like 3 bucks for 800 pills. If you are against something you haven't tried or trully understand you are sharing someone else's conclusio/decision on the matter. I had doubts, I tried it, I asked others to try it, and now I have seen that it works. I don't know why it works, but every time things as simple as headaches or shoulder pain have gotten better with it and worse without it. Even not taking it for a day or two brings the shoulder pain back. Have used for everything from keeping cats from pooping out of their box to fear of heights. I love it and encourage anyone who is interested to try it for themselves. Best non-harmful alternative to harsh conventional medicines for my baby and rest of family.

  28. Funny everyone making fun of homeopathy but it works just as well as religion does and makes just as much sense too

  29. According to a homeopath if you drink a bottle of alcohol you won't get booze…but if you dilute 10 or 100 or 1000 time of it to water use will get booze…what a nonsense…..b

  30. I just thought of a joke of homeopathy so please don’t get mad:
    Is homeopathy is a cure for psychopath and sociopaths?

  31. My aunt had skin problem for years….. But after using homeopathy and yoga she is almost cured….. Sure it several months……for me doing yoga everyday for 20 min is nothing less a miracle….. It helps me stay focussed…..

  32. thanks for this video, as a researcher it is important to listen to things that sound unscientific, alot of things where uncientific at first and only proven true later. Listening doesn't mean believing but new knowledge should always be obtained not just cementing the older things. but honestly homeopathy i can't even, it is just too hard, i'll just try to not laugh straight in someones face out of respect for different opinions. wait but if people spend money on not working homeopathy then their money can't be spend on developing real medicine that could save future diseases.

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